Before heading out on your next road trip, there are a few quick services you should preform on your bike to ensure a stress-free ride. Aside from an oil change and cable lube, you may want to check out your battery. If you’re battery isn’t performing up to snuff or charging up quite like it used to, it could leave high and dry; here are a few tips for testing your battery before your trip.
Most batteries are located under the seat, but could also be located under a plastic side cover. Pop the cover off and make sure there is no corrossion on the battery posts or cables. While you’re in there, give the posts a scrub with a wire brush and tighten up the bolts connecting the cables to the battery. Also, make sure battery cables and accessory wires aren’t pinched or fraying.
Testing your battery requires a multi-meter. Set the multi-meter to DC and touch the red pin on the multi-meter to battery positive, the black probe to battery negative. The reading with the bike off should be at least 12v. If it is lower, the battery may need a charge or is in need of replacement.
If the battery tests good, now you should make sure it’s charging while the bike is running. To do this, start the bike and attach the multi-meter, red probe to positive, black to negative. Rev the bike to about 2,000-3,000rpm, the multi-meter should read between 13v and 14v while the engine is revved. If not, the battery isn’t charging and should be replaced.
Knowing your battery is in good condition before a ride can provide you with peace of mind. Before you gear up and hit the road be sure to check out all the exciting events we have in store for visitors during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo coming up January 30-31. For more info, please feel free to contact us. As always, keep the rubber side down and remember to ride safe.