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Simple tips to ensure long life of your motorcycle battery!

Published on November 18, 2020. EST READ TIME: 3 MIN

Biking is not a means of transport; it is a way of life!

This is a common saying among motorcycle enthusiasts. If you are also one and love your machine, you should always be on the lookout for tips to take good care of it. Along with keeping all documents like registration certificate, driving licence, and two wheeler insurance active and updated, you should get your bike serviced at regular intervals. Similarly, taking good care of the battery is also important.

The following tips will help you get a long motorcycle battery life.

  • · Switch over to LED lighting: This is the simplest and most effective, one-time solution to ensure long battery life for your motorcycle. Most motorcycle manufacturers use traditional tungsten halogen lamps in the headlights, taillights and even turn indicators. While these are cheaper, they eat the battery very fast. As opposed to this, modern LED lights are much more energy-efficient while only costing slightly higher. The extra cost is easily offset by the longer life of bulbs and battery as well as better illumination.

  • · Disconnect battery when not in use: The basic principle in all automotive electrical systems is that the vehicle’s engine powers them. Batteries are meant to provide power in a self-start system and lighting when the engine is off. As a result, bikes are designed for charging the battery while you ride. In order to ensure that the battery lasts long, disconnect its terminals if you do not plan to ride the bike for more than 15 days in a row.

  • · Disconnect unnecessary accessories: These days, a number of people use mobile chargers and other accessories on the motorcycle. Strobe lights and even motorcycle music systems are also being installed. Every one of these accessories is a drain on your motorcycle battery. If you want long battery life, install a minimal number of such accessories. Also, keep them disconnected when not in use.

  • · Check for electrolyte top-up frequently: While most modern motorcycles use sealed lead-acid batteries that are maintenance-free, there may be cases where the manufacturer has cut corners and sold you the bike with a wet battery. This is also a common case with second-hand bikes where the seller may have sold you the bike with a cheaper battery. Every time you service your bike, check the electrolyte levels and top up if necessary.

  • · Buy a spare motorcycle battery charger: A spare battery charger is a great tool for people who may be using the bike on an infrequent basis. A spare charger will save your battery from memory effect and ensure that your battery always remains topped up from the power grid, thus saving you fuel cost and engine wear.

Good batteries always ensure better bike performance and act as a life saviour in all riding conditions. A properly maintained bike will always save you money on riding expenses like fuel as well as on motorcycle parts and spares like battery and engine. Also, make sure that your compulsory personal accident insurance is renewed to avoid any issues in case of a mishap. So, go out and enjoy a great ride!

Disclaimer: The above information is for illustrative purpose only. For more details, please refer to policy wordings and prospectus before concluding the sales.

This blog has been written by

Mukesh Kumar | Motor Insurance Expert | 36+ years of experience in insurance industry

A veteran in the insurance industry, Mukesh Kumar has the expertise of handling various functions like Business Development, Underwriting, Claims, Human Resources, Quality Management and Marketing. With rich knowledge of the industry, he loves to share his views on topics of insurance sector and takes special interest in educating people on advantages of having insurance.

Mr. Mukesh Kumar recommends "getting your two wheeler insured from HDFC ERGO, a brand serving more than 1 crore+ customers. With overnight repair services and more than 6,800+ network garages, you can be assured of help in event of any damage to your vehicle."

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