How to Use a Trickle Charger for a Motorcycle

By Katie Cole
a Trickle, Charger, a Motorcycle
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Without regular use, a motorcycle battery can lose its charge. While you can charge the battery when it's dead, a better choice is to use a trickle charger. Using a trickle charger, rather than allowing the battery to completely lose its charge, will help prolong the life of the battery.

Attaching Harness or lead to Battery

Step 1

Access, the motorcycle's battery, the procedure, your motorcycle owner's manual
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Access the motorcycle's battery using the procedure outlined in your motorcycle owner's manual or service manual. This may require tools. The battery could be located under the motorcycle seat or behind a cover.

Step 2

the battery, the instructions, your motorcycle, you
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Remove the battery following the instructions specific to your motorcycle, if you don't have access to the battery terminals.

Step 3

the terminal harness, the battery, This step, you
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Install the terminal harness to the battery, if desired. This step is highly recommended if you had to remove the battery or if it took you more than five minutes to access the terminals on your battery. If you choose not to install a permanent harness, clip the trickle charger's lead to the terminals. For either the harness or the lead, follow the color code to ensure that the positive clip on the lead is hooked to the positive terminal and the negative lead to the negative terminal.

Step 4

the harness, the trickle charger
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Plug the harness or lead into the trickle charger.

Charge the battery

Step 1

the charger, the electrical supply
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Plug the charger into the electrical supply.

Step 2

the charger, the leads, the battery, the charger
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Check the charger periodically and unplug the leads when the battery is fully charged, if the charger does not self-regulate and switch to float mode.

Step 3

charger, the charger, a float mode, it
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Leave charger connected. If the charger does switch to a float mode, it can be left on the battery indefinitely.

About the Author

Katie Cole started writing in 1996. Since then she's been published in "New England Full Throttle Magazine," "Thunder Roads Colorado" and on various websites. Cole contributed to "Biker Chicks," published by Allen & Unwin in 2009. She has a Bachelor of Science in technical communications and a Master of Business Administration in leadership.