First you should check the motorcycle owner’s manual for proper size and minimum recommended cranking amps. You can also consult a battery application guide by looking up correct make, model, year and CC’s to determine the proper size for your vehicle. Never use a battery with a lower capacity rating than is recommended by the manufacturer.
Consult your battery owner’s manual for the proper amount of charging time. A 1-2 amp charger is recommended for motorcycle batteries. When you activate a new battery by filling it with acid, it will need to be charged.
More and more motorcycle manufacturers are using sealed motorcycle batteries in new models. Sealed VRLA batteries offer higher power and longer life over conventional designed. You may replace a conventional battery with a sealed VRLA, but you cannot replace a sealed VRLA with conventional. Batteries that are sealed have no vent caps, vent tube and will state sealed lead acid.
The life of a battery is determined by a number of factors, the most important being proper maintenance. Amount of use, proper charging and climate are all elements that also need to be considered.
Clean battery case and terminals with baking soda and water, being careful to make sure the solution does not get into the battery. Always check to ensure the battery is fully charged before storing. Batteries stored in a discharged state are susceptible to freezing and an increased rate of further discharge. Store in a cool dry place and out of the reach of children and pets. Check the state-of-charge every 45-60 days and add distilled water if needed.