when introduced, are not necessarily identified
by year but by model number suffix. See Table
2 at the end of this chapter for model year and
model suffix equivalents.
When you need to order parts for your
motorcycle, make sure you get the right ones.
Note the frame serial number on the steering
head (Figure 1) and the engine serial number
on the engine cases (Figure 2). Your dealer will
often need these numbers to get the right parts
for your bike.
The battery electrolyte level should be
checked regularly, particularly during hot
weather. Motorcycle batteries are marked with
electrolyte level limit lines (Figure 3). Always
maintain the fluid level between the lines,
adding distilled water as required. Distilled
water is available at most supermarkets and its
use will prolong the life of the battery,
especially in areas where tap water is hard (has
a high mineral content).
Inspect the fluid level in all the cells. The
battery is under the seat (Figure 4). Refer to
Battery in Chapter Eight before removing the
battery from the motorcycle.
Battery electrolyte contains sulfuric
acid, which can destroy clothing and
Electrolyte splashed into the eyes is
extremely dangerous; wear safety
glasses. In case of contact, flood with
cool water for about
minutes and call a
the eyes were
Don't overfill the battery or you'll lose some
electrolyte, weakening the battery and causing
corrosion. Never allow the electrolyte level to
drop below the top of the plates, or the plates
may be permanently damaged.
Ifelectrolyte is spilled on the motorcycle,
wash it o f f immediately with plenty of
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