Motorcycles are a big investment, both in money and time. It’s important to have the correct battery charger for your bike to continue riding when the power goes out or you run out of charge. You need to ensure that the battery charger you choose has the right features and can deliver a constant charge current at the best possible speed. A Motorcycle Battery Will Take Between 4 Hours and up to 24 hours.
A fresh new 12-volt lead-acid battery will take 5 – 8 hours to charge up to 70% on a constant-current charge. The remaining 30% will take another 7–10 hours before it is ready to be installed on the motorcycle. A new, sealed, pre-charged battery is typically charged to 80 percent when purchased and should be charged for 4 – 6 hours before installing it on the bike.
Your battery’s capacity is an important consideration. For example, if you have a motorcycle with an 8 amp hour battery that takes 5 hours to charge at 2 amps, increasing the charging rate to 4 amps will decrease the time in half to roughly 2-3 hours. When you start a bike with a dead battery, the capacity also affects how quickly the battery declines. With the bike turned off, a motorbike battery loses around 5% of its charge every hour at 2 amps. Going to 4 amps decreases that in half, to around 2-3%.
Typically, you should charge your bike battery within 12 hours, and leaving it dead for more than 14 hours reduces the life of your motorcycle by about half.
You may always use a smart charger, which controls the charging duration and the charging rate. This will cut off automatically after the battery has reached full capacity, eliminating the possibility of overcharging your battery. The only way to damage a motorcycle battery is to overcharge it, so as long as you use a quality smart charger, you should be fine.
That’s excellent for a new battery, but how long does it take to charge a motorcycle battery already installed on my bike? This is dependent on a number of things. So, let’s go through the fundamentals of motorbike batteries, including how to charge them and maintain them charged.
What Is the Ideal Charging Time for My Motorcycle Batteries?
Many riders think that their motorcycle batteries should be charged as soon as they get them out of the garage. However, this is not always the best idea. In some cases, it may be better to keep your motorcycle battery in the garage until you’re done riding for the day. This allows the battery to fully charge and then be stored safely. Then, when you’re ready to go again, you can just plug it in and start riding without having to wait for it to charge up.
Some manufacturers recommend against leaving a motorcycle battery in the car for long periods of time. These types of batteries can produce a buildup of carbon build-up that can arc and ignite if the battery is subject to high heat or cold. While it’s true that some of the carbon can be released when the battery is charged, it’s best to prevent this in the first place by keeping the battery as clean as possible and storing it in a cool, dry place.
How Long Does a Fully-Charged Battery Last?
According to Harley-Davidson, a fully-charged battery can last between 7 and 10 hours of riding. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these estimates are based on a typical rider. Some people will ride much longer or shorter than this, of course, and it’s important to know how your own riding style and habits impact the life of your battery pack.
When you’re first getting started riding, you may be able to use the estimates as a guideline and still have a good experience. As you get more used to riding with a battery pack, you’ll begin to understand how your particular riding style affects the way the pack performs and how long certain features (such as range or top speed) last.
Should I Charge My Battery Before Going on Trails?
Some riders charge their batteries before going on long rides. Others leave them on the bike as they ride and then check them out of the garage when they’re done. On first use, many battery packs won’t charge fully. The reason this can happen is that when you first turn the key in the bike, it doesn’t know how much juice is in the pack.
It may complain about a low battery until it gets a full charge. If you notice that your pack doesn’t seem to want to charge, just remove it from the bike and wait for it to fully charge. Then put it back and try again. This will usually happen after about 6-8 hours of riding. The best way to avoid this problem is to take the battery out of the bike when you first get it and leave it in the parking garage.
Should I Charge My Motorcycle Batteries Overnight?
Most motorcycle batteries can be charged overnight. However, it’s not recommended that you charge your motorcycle battery overnight. The best way to fully charge a battery is to leave it plugged in and unplugged for the rest of the day. This allows the electricity to flow through the battery and keeps it from going bad. If you’re just going to be on the road for a couple of hours and then return the bike, you don’t need to worry about it dying. However, if you’re planning on being out for hours at a time, it’s a good idea to charge your battery pack before you go.
Is It Better to Charge Your Motorcycle Battery Over Night or Should You Just Keep It Charged for Long Periods of Time?
Some people think that leaving their battery pack on the bike all day and charging it at the weekend is better than using the wall charger. They might be right if the weather is nice and you don’t mind being without the power for a few hours. However, if you’re planning on being out for hours at a time, it’s better to keep your battery charged up and make sure it arrives at work charged. If you buy a new battery every year, it makes sense to keep it charged. However, you can also purchase a new battery every month or year and have it charged when you need it.
Should You Ever Let Your Motorcycle Battery Go Dead?
If you’re riding your motorcycle for hours on end without ever stopping, you’re likely going to run out of charge eventually. It’s not something that can be avoided, but it does depend on your riding style. If you drive a Prius, you probably don’t want to ride a motorcycle microbiota.
However, that doesn’t mean that you have to run out of fuel or electricity. The way that your motorcycle’s battery works are that it has a certain amount of power that it can store. When you’re driving your bike, you just use that power when you need it. When you stop, you let the battery sit for a while and then you start riding again.
If you’re not riding long distances, this system works great. However, once you start riding for hours on end, you’re going to run out of power. When your battery is completely dead, you should check it Twice. First, make sure that you removed the key from the ignition and disconnected the battery ground lead before you tried to start the bike. Secondly, make sure that you have at least 50% charge left in the battery before you turn the key back in the bike. If both of these steps fail, it’s probably time to buy a new battery.
Depending on how often you ride and how long you ride, your motorcycle battery may last from a few months to a year. It’s important to know how long to charge your motorcycle battery and when to replace it. If your current battery doesn’t last as long as you’d like or isn’t holding a charge as well as it should, it’s a good idea to replace it. However, it’s also important to remember that recharging a battery pack is not a replacement service. It’s only an interim solution while you wait for a new one to arrive.
About the author: Michael Parrotte was the Vice President of AGV Helmets America, and a consultant for KBC Helmets, Vemar Helmets, Suomy Helmets, Marushin Helmets, KYT Helmets, and Sparx Helmets. In addition, he is the founder and owner of AGV Sports Group.