Bike electrical system care and maintenance tips

  • Nov 5, 2012
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The electrical system is one of the most commonly ignored parts of a bike. But they are vital for the smooth functioning of your bike. Here are few tips to ensure the smooth operation of your electrical system

Loose wires should be bundled together

Although most motorcycles have an electrical system that is shielded from the elements, there are still some preventative measures you can take to ensure that your bike has the juice it needs. Staying away from high-pressure washes is the first step. The second is to periodically inspect your bike's wiring harnesses for cracks or tears. 

Electrical wires are the nerves of the bikes electrical system. Ensure that the main cables don’t have a cut or signs of abrasion on them. Replace the worn out wires rather than repairing them, since repairing the wire means the job is only half done. Try to tape the loose wires together in a bunch so that the strength of the wires is increased. Be sure to pay close attention to any wiring that is located near a heat source (like exhaust or the motor) or are exposed to the elements (like those running along your handlebars). 

Trickle charger

Another tip for maintaining your bike's electrical system is to purchase a trickle charger for your battery. 

A trickle charger will slowly charge your battery to the proper level. This slow charge extends your battery life. Also, during the winter it's a good idea to leave your motorcycle battery on your trickle charger so that the batter is continually charging. This is great for those sunny winter days when you just need to go out for a ride. If your battery is charged and your fuel system is stabilized, your bike should start right up and you'll be ready to ride.

NOTE: A battery charger and a trickle charger are two entirely different things. A battery charger that you use to charge your car battery is not the proper way to charge a motorcycle battery.

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