Prior to installing a new battery, it is highly advisable that you test your motorcycle charging system to eliminate any other potential causes. Otherwise, you may damage the new battery.
Continuing to ride with a faulty charging system can cause further damage to your wiring and connectors, as in the photo above.
Possible causes for failure of the charging system are:
- Riding short trips (under 15 minutes)
- Old wiring or brittle parts
- Short circuits in wiring harness
- Using a lot of other gadgets such as phone chargers, extra lights, and GPS, which require a longer period of riding to allow the stator to fully charge the depleted battery
- Faulty ECU
It is advisable to connect your battery to a smart trickle charger with a desulphator mode, such as an Optimate 4, when the bike is parked and not in use. This can prolong the battery life for up to 5 years and avoid costly breakdowns due to regulator rectifier or stator malfunctions.
Servicing with your local mechanic
Today we received another query on this topic. It’s a common misconception that servicing your bike at your local motorcycle mechanic and not the dealership will void the warranty, but this is not the case. Read more from motorbike writer Mark Hinchliffe.
How often do you check your brake pads for wear?
We all know how important good brakes are to our safety when riding a motorcycle.
Checking your brakes regularly should form part of your bike maintenance routine, so you don’t get any nasty surprises while out on the road.
Definitely DON’T let them get to this stage.
Not only is this potentially dangerous, it means unnecessary wear on the brake disc. In this case both pads and disc had to be replaced.