Where to Buy Cheap Motorcycle Batteries, Battery Tenders and Chargers
You don’t need me to tell you that there are more brands of motorcycle batteries and accessories that support them for sale than you can shake a stick at. The role that Strike Lightning plays is more to keep our biker friends from wanting to beat the little black boxes that don’t last as long as they say they will or perform well with a wrench.
In other words, hang brand loyalty! We want the best motorcycle battery that requires the least attention for a cheap price. Actually, most of us would be happy to have a battery that works for a reasonably, affordable price. The facts are that a lack of competition where motorcycle manufacturers are concerned keep the prices inflated and expensive.
CHOOSING THE BEST MOTORCYCLE BATTERIES
Knowing that, it's pretty darn easy to see that bikers have to stick together as a group to get honest information and hold (read: force)the industry to some kind of quality standard so while you are browsing the batteries that are for sale, take a minute and share your opinions on the last battery that you bought for your bike. Invaluable information that should be shared is the name of that cheap motorcycle battery that out-performed the highly rated (advertised) maintenance-free battery that failed long before its time as well as the battery that was worth every penny you paid for it.
Some of us swear that it’s better to buy a cheap battery and get what you can out of it than to pay for an expensive battery to get a little more time before replacing it. Strike Lightning Motorcycle Classifieds is interested in hearing your opinion on any batteries that you have owned that stand out in your memory.
IS a CHEAP MOTORCYCLE BATTERY the BEST BATTERY?
As I wrote earlier in this article, I think that to be loyal to a particular battery because it’s a particular brand is not being a good consumer. Not that there are no differences in the performance of some brands over others. To the contrary, we KNOW that there are differences in brands but we are more interested in getting information on performance because the longer batteries last, the less of them there are in landfills PLUS this website is all about getting the best bikes, accessories and parts CHEAP! In order for us to do this, we need for the members of our community to spew! Here’s your chance to vent and tear apart the myth that the expensive are the BEST motorcycle batteries and are SO much better and last SO much longer…if indeed it is a myth. Or is a cheap motorcycle battery the way to go?
HOW TO MAINTAIN A MOTORCYCLE BATTERY
Is it false advertising to call a battery maintenance free? Well, I’m not going to get into all that but I will tell you that if you want to get the best performance possible you will have to do a little cleaning and yes…maintenance on the battery every month or so.
The first order of business is to clean and dry it. After I take the bike out for a ride I inspect the battery cables, terminals and hardware making sure they are all tight and that there’s no corrosion. If you find some, remove it with a piece of sandpaper or a wire brush. After any rust or corrosion is knocked off I wipe the case clean with a damn shop rag. Since I do it regularly, there’s very little elbow grease and pressure needed. Some people spray theirs with the water hose but I‘m of the opinion that excessive moisture is the enemy. Which brings me to the next step of battery maintenance; always make sure that the caps are tight to keep from getting moisture inside the cells, check the case for cracks and warping. If all is well, apply a coat of petroleum jelly to prevent oxidation.
Another way to make a battery last longer is to either run it to keep it fully charged (which by the way is highly recommended to keep the owner smiling and happy) or you should hook it up to a battery tender to keep it from going flat.