The battery installed in this motorcy-
cle is a sealed type, so it is not nec-
essary to check the battery electrolyte
level or add distilled water.
The sealing strip should not be pulled
off once the specified electrolyte has
been installed in the battery for initial
However, in order to maximize bat-
tery life and ensure that it will provide
the power needed to start the motor-
cycle you must properly maintain the
battery's charge. When used regularly,
the charging system in the motorcycle
helps keep the battery fully charged. If
your motorcycle is only used occasion-
ally or for short periods of time, the bat-
tery is more likely to discharge.
MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT
Due to their internal composition,
batteries continually self discharge.
The discharge rate depends on the
type of battery and ambient temper-
ature. As temperature rises, so does
the discharge rate. Every 15 °C (59°F)
doubles the rate.
Electrical accessories, such as digi-
tal clocks and computer memory, also
draw current from the battery even
when the key is switched off. Due to
a combination of such "key-off" draws
and hot temperature, a battery can go
from fully charged to completely dis-
charged in a matter of days.