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1- Do not jump your bike from a car or
other high amp charging system. Even a battery in a un-started
can damage the charging system in your bike. The charging system in a typical bike is only around 12-18 amps.
Cars have a much higher amperage charging system that can burn up various parts of your charging system and
other delicate electronics.
2- Do not let your battery go dry. Under
certain conditions this can happen. It can damage your battery
your charging system if left dry for long. Always use distilled water in your battery for refilling. Tap water can
damage the plates in your battery.
3- Always replace all corroded battery
cables and wires. Also a melted fuse box can cause a charging
if it still allows electricity through it, replace it.
4- Install case guards on your bike to
keep from damaging the stator assembly. Most older and some
newer bikes have
the stators mounted on the end of the crank under a motor cover. Most of these covers are only 1/8" in thickness and
made from aluminum. This make them susceptible to getting smashed or bent. A bent cover may not allow the stator to
function properly. Case guards are much less expensive than your stator assembly.
5- Only install the battery your bike calls for. Your charging system works best with the correct battery.
These are just a few tips on extending the life of your charging system and battery.
Any ideas from other riders are welcome.
Please e-mail any questions or comments.
Rob Eberle CYCLE-RE-CYCLE PART II