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Winter Storage for Motorcycle Batteries and ATV Batteries

Updated on August 8, 2012

Winter storage should never include leaving your bike or ATV sitting out to suffer through harsh winter weather. Always try to store them in a garage or even in a storage building if possible. Motorcycle batteries and ATV batteries will not survive severe weather, and you'll be forced to buy new ones at the beginning of the new riding season.

Not every rider is a mechanic, so not every rider understands the importance of winterizing their motorcycle or ATV's battery. That's perfectly OK because owning a bike or ATV isn't all about working on them; it's about the joy of the ride. The average owner only needs to know how to properly maintain their investment and the right way to store it through the winter.

Average motorcycle and ATV batteries is designed to last 3 to 5 years with proper maintenance and care. It is important to know where to find replacement ATV batteries from reliable online shops such Taking care of your battery is one of the simplest ways you can prolong your riding season and ensure an early start to the next season. Replacing motorcycle batteries due to neglect gets pretty expensive after a while.

The importance of this single piece of hardware is paramount to the functionality of the bike. It provides the power needed to run the starter motor, lights, ignition system and every electronic device on the bike. As you can see, those are some of the most vital parts of the bike. ATV batteries that die before their time are very problematic to the rider and their wallet.

Maintaining Your Battery

One of the most important steps to battery maintenance is to check fluid level and add as needed. Car and truck batteries have been contained in maintenance-free cases for years; so many bike owners don't realize that they need to check fluid levels at least once per month or every 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Checking electrolyte levels is a very easy process.

Any time you add fluid to your battery, keep in mind you are never going to add battery acid. You will be adding distilled water, not acid or tap water. The minerals in tap water can cause serious damage and cause you to have to replace the battery sooner than planned anyway.

Winter maintenance and storage are the same as summer maintenance and storage, except for the temperature. Never store your bike in a temperature colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This can freeze the electrolytes inside the battery casing and cause it to crack or break. Replacement is the only fix if the casing is damaged.

Trickle chargers are highly recommended for winter storage and maintenance. Motorcycle batteries and ATV batteries discharge quite a lot when they're not in use. Recharging ensures the life of the battery. Trickle chargers maintain a steady, very low charge that will help maintain the charge through the winter.

Smart chargers or intelligent chargers are devices that monitor the motorcycle batteries or ATV batteries as they're charging. They know when to start and stop the current so they don't overcharge, but don't allow the battery to drop to dangerously low levels either.


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