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CHAPTER EIGHT
WARNING
Never substitute metal.foi1 or wire for a
,fuse. Never use a higher amperage fuse
than specified. An overload could result
in.fire and destruction of the bike.
BATTERY
The bike is equipped with a 12 volt. 12
ampere-hour battery with an electrolyte
specific gravity of 1.280 at 68" F when fully
charged.
NOTE
In very warm climates an electrolyte
with a speclfic gravity of 1.260 is used.
With this electrolyte you should subtract
0.020 from all specified test readings of
specific
gravity. If you are
uncertain
of
the electolyte installed in your
motorcycle, any local motorcycle dealer
should be able to tellfrom the label ofthe
acid container he uses to initially service
batterres.
Battery electrolyte testing a n d battery
charging may be required after long periods
(more than a month) of inactivity or when
electrical trouble arises.
The battery is the heart of the electrical
system. The majority of electrical system
troubles can be attributed to neglect of this
vital component.
Batteries evaporate more water in warmer
climates, but excessive use of water may be an
indication
that t h e battery is being
overcharged. It is advisable to check the
voltage regulator if this situation exists.
WARNING
Study the Safety Precautions before
servicing the battery.
Safety Precautions
While working with batteries. use care to
avoid spilling or splashing the electrolyte. The
electrolyte is a sulfuric acid solution. which can
destroy clothing and cause serious chemical
burns. If you get any electrolyte on your
clothing, body or any other surface, neutralize
it immediately with a solution of baking soda
and water. then flush with plenty of clean
water.
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