Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Perth, , Australia
By the way, it seems that Chrysler has just released a battery driven CrossFire.
Using Lithium Batteries.
Hmmmmm, maybe the day you are dreaming of is not so far away.
Honda has been dabbing with batteries for a while now, so let’s see what sort of magical batteries they are going to release in their vehicles, soon.
There is no secret or special magical remedy to keep a battery alive for many years.
It all start from the beginning. When the battery is dry charged.
A lot of workshops add battery acid and chuck it in the bike and start the bike.
It is highly recommended by the manufacturers that the battery should be fully charged after adding battery acid. A full charge could be anything between 6-12 hours.
I doubt that any workshop is going to abide by this rule. To them it is a waste of time.
Although the battery is charged by the bike’s alternator. It is highly recommended that the battery is serviced at the same time as the bike is.
Which means that you should remove the battery, fill the cells up to the recommended level put the battery on a piece of wood and not directly on the ground or any metallic surface.
Then charge the battery with a battery charger specifically made for a motorcycle battery.
NEVER USE A CAR CHARGER.
Whilst charging remove the filler caps and use an old cloth to cover the top of the battery.
When ever you the bike is garaged for a longer period of time or is not going to be used for a while, remove the battery and charge it.
Then every moth check up on the battery and if needed charge it again.
During summer heat and after long rides ALWAYS check the battery acid levels and top up if needed.
I know that my battery is on her last leg. But, I had to make a point to the guys in the club who all said that now days the batteries sold last only a couple of seasons max.
So, I let them decide which battery they want to choose, date it and sign it and I will see how long I can make it last.
Now days they don’t even dare to ask me if I still run the same old battery.
Again, a smaller, lighter, maintenance free, more powerful, longer lasting battery on GL’s would be a highly welcomed feature.
Have fun, Drive safe and enjoy your ride.