Wondering why you need to know how to charge a motorcycle battery? Why would you need to recharge the battery? Here is a reason behind it.
Riding on a bike is truly an amazing experience for the bike owners. It’s a breeze ride that can be used, parked and enjoyed anytime anywhere. Being a light vehicle, there is less effort required to maintain it for proper functioning. But you must keep in mind, lesser maintenance needs do not mean that there is no-maintenance need.
Bikes that are barely used or sometimes used after a few weeks when you are free could be vulnerable to the condition where the battery loses its charge. To ignite the engine you need battery that can give the sufficient starting push. And if it has been drained due to the fact the bike has been idle for a few weeks, you would be needing a way to charge it.
Your Bike with a weak battery may not start, may not support lights and horns and other features on the bike.
So, you have to look for a few options that are helpful in order to get the battery charged without an issue.
Before you go to the next steps of charging the battery in your bike, you may make sure that:
- The bike is in neutral as if it is not maybe it’s the reason it is not starting up.
- Look if there is enough petrol and lack of fuel is not the cause behind the unresponsive bike.
After checking on these aspects, you may proceed to the following different ways to charge your motorcycle battery:
- Push-start your bike
- Jumpstart your bike
- Use a battery charger
- Look for a safe place where you can examine your bike and charge your battery without any risks.
- Look for an airy place or open-air corner where there is no risk o fire etc.
- Make sure you have gloves or else take care of the battery carefully so that the acids inside may not be spilled.
Push Start Your Bike To Recharge Your Battery
If you don’t have a battery charger with you or you don’t have a host vehicle to jump start, push start is the best option to follow and charge your bike’s battery.
For this purpose, you either have to look for a slope or just ask a nearby person to push your bike.
For this, you may take the following steps:
- Push your bike and put it into the second gear as you may find it hard to proceed while in the first gear.
- Keep clutch and roll the bike, it will help you boost the speed.
This method works better if you are near a slope. Higher inclination means your bike will gain speed quick and easy. Though in case if you are on a plain road, you may need to get help from another person who can push your bike for starting the bike and recharging the battery.
- After you have gained enough speed, you may release the clutch and keep pumping the throttle to recharge and start the bike.
Though it is better to get to the nearest workshop to charge your bike’s battery in a proper way before it gets stuck again.
Jump Start Your Battery
If you have the option of using another vehicle for jump-starting your bike, it is better as it requires lesser effort.
Tools You Need:
- A host vehicle
- Connecting clamps
But if this is a car you may make sure the car stays off while you recharge your bike’s battery. In case if it’s a bike you are going to use as a host, make sure the host bike is ‘on’ when you are recharging the battery.
- Connect the terminals correctly, red cables to the positive and negative terminals and you may connect the black one with the bike’s body to avoid getting into any kind of troubles.
- Attach the other clamps with the battery terminals which is the host battery.
- Always make sure that none of the terminals are touching each other at any spot.
After some time you may be able to start your bike in 2-3 attempts or so. But in case if, after multiple attempts, the battery is not charged and the bike never starts, it means it has completely drained.
You may not get any positive sign in case if the bike’s battery is completely drained and you may have to replace it in most cases.
Use A Battery Charger
Using a battery charger is always an easy option for keeping the battery charged on the trickle mode or it can help recharge a weak battery in your bike.
Having a corresponding battery charger is a smart choice because it can help in recharging the dead battery without harming it.
Tools you need:
- A battery charger
- Connecting clamps
Make sure you have turned your bike off and but the battery out of the bike safely.
Connect the battery terminals and the charger using the safe connecting clamps in a correct way.
Smart chargers regulate the charge flow otherwise you will need to adjust the charge according to your battery needs.
After the battery is charged, which you may know with an indicator, you can remove the charger from the battery carefully.
Place the battery into the bike safely and connect the terminals accordingly so that nothing is left undone.
Some chargers offer charge maintenance so if you want to leave your bike and do not want the battery to get drained, leave it with a connected battery charger with the battery.
For keeping a charger ready for use, you must keep it charged. In that way, you can stay away from worries and use it without facing hassles.
Here we have mentioned, explained and discussed 3 easiest and most reliable ways to recharge your bike’s battery. Getting a fully drained and dead battery may take more time. And for such a battery you only have an option to either replace it or recharge by using a battery charger. But in case if the battery is not completely dead and is only weak, jump-starting the battery or push-starting the vehicle can help with the recharging problem.