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Motorcycle battery activation

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==Sealed Battery Activation==
First of all only use the acid pack that comes with the battery do not add any additional acid or water. After the acid pack is completely drained you should let the battery sit for 20-60 minutes (high performance batteries 1-2 hours). This allows the electrolyte to permeate into the plates for optimum performance. After the electrolyte is added your battery will have about 75-80% of its potential charge. On new [[motorcycles]] many manufacturers require the battery to be fully charged with the cap off with a deep solid state trickle charger to be eligible for warranty replacement. If you don't have a fancy automatic charger you should refer to any instructions included with the battery and aim to have a voltage of 12.8v after the battery is fully charged. The idea behind charging the battery is to further distribute the electrolyte's charge more evenly within the battery.  ==Riding the bike to charge battery==It is true that often people ride their bike to charge the battery, but the main problem with this method is its not exact. For a dealership which has many bikes they don't ride, they HAVE to charge the batteries before hand. You can properly charge a battery by riding the bike, but in general its probably better advice not to. Why would you want to waste your $60-100 because your idea of "long enough" was not actually adequate. Remember your bikes electrical system charges at a different rate than a battery charger, and these vary from bike to bike, so what may have been good for your friend may not be good for your setup.