Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

The Development of the Motorcycle Battery

June 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 259

There was a time when every motorcycle was simply kick started. The idea of using an electric start system powered by a battery to start a motorcycle seemed unnecessary. That was something reserved for the larger and heavier cars. Today, practically every motorcycle has a battery for starting the engine.

However, in the earliest days of motorcycles, the idea of having an electric start system was there. There are extant poster adverts from the 1920s extolling the virtues of such a system. These consisted of clumsy and heavy lead acid batteries, coupled to equally clumsy and heavy electric starter motors.

Most people riding a motorcycle, however, continued to use the kick starter. It wasn't very reliable, and it could kick back, so you had to be careful, but by and large it worked. Prior to 1908 when the kick starter was first introduced, practically all motorcycles had to be push started.

It wasn't really until the 1960s that an electric start system on a motorcycle became popular and common. At this time it was still almost exclusively the old tried and trusted lead acid battery that was used in a 12-volt system, or even a 6-volt system. The batteries had to be topped up with water on a regular basis to make up for natural evaporation, but that was really all the maintenance required.

The next big development in the motorcycle battery was the sealed unit. These are maintenance-free dry cell batteries, and are usually only available as 12-volt systems. These batteries didn't really offer any advantages in terms of power or longevity, but rather just a unit that you could install and forget about, which for many people was a definite step forward.

The next motorcycle battery development was the introduction of the gel battery. These batteries are normally only available for 12-volt systems, they are fully sealed and completely maintenance-free. They are commonly found on motorcycles these days, especially where the battery has to lie on its side or at an angle. That would have been impossible with earlier units that have stoppers on the top allowing acid to leak.

It was the introduction of the cell phone that kick started the battery industry, as manufacturers of cell phones needed a smaller, more powerful battery that could last longer and discharge slower.

The lithium ion battery has an excellent energy-to-weight ratio. It has no 'memory' effect either, and it discharges at a very slow, almost negligible, rate. The latest development is the lithium ion polymer motorcycle battery. It is not yet available on a typical road bike, as the manufacturing cost is still quite high, but the performance level is quite amazing. The development of the motorcycle battery has indeed come a long way.

George is a freelance author in Grants Pass, Or. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Zeed writes on subjects pertaining to all types of motorcycles, boats and rvs and accessories. George is the "go to guy" for help and advice when searching for products like a motorcycle battery or a marine battery charger.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

 
0
 
0
 
Rate this Article
 vote(s)
Feedback
Print
Re-Publish

Article Tags:

Motorcycle Battery

If you have problems in maintaining your used Sacramento Ford car model, then this is the right time to approach the Ford auto repairing mechanic to get things fixed in time. This is to ensure that

By: Nick Pruett l Automotive > Classic Cars l April 03, 2013 lViews: 599

This article is written about a company offering stunning range of mopeds and eco friendly scooters at affordable prices . Gas powered scooters are the perfect means of transport if you want to

By: Mark Claint l Automotive > Motorcycles l December 23, 2012 lViews: 591

The Mahindra bikes are the top most important and supposed developed company in India, which is productively liability their business in the Indian auto market with its dealership networks across the

By: Wilson Roy l Automotive > Motorcycles l December 03, 2012 lViews: 269

CARTATTS, a design driven, boutique studio with a passion for cars and design have launched their first release of tattoo inspired, custom-designed, high quality decals. CARTATTS is the brainchild of

By: AlanRichard l Automotive > Car Detailing Customization l December 02, 2012 lViews: 254

When it comes to going on a road trip, the drive there can sometimes end up being a bit boring. Though you might have a fantastic time once you arrive at your holiday destination, if there is a long

By: Alan Trotter l Automotive > Mobile Audio Video l November 24, 2012 lViews: 419

Hero impulse is the design of Hero group, after the Hero and Honda group sidelined. The company has introduced its extremely first bike in the market dubbed like Hero impulse. It is an outstanding

By: Wilson Roy l Automotive > Motorcycles l November 19, 2012 lViews: 395

This article is written about a company offering stunning range of mopeds and eco friendly scooters at affordable prices . Gas powered scooters are the perfect means of transport if you want to

By: Mark Claintl Automotive > Motorcyclesl December 23, 2012 lViews: 591

The Mahindra bikes are the top most important and supposed developed company in India, which is productively liability their business in the Indian auto market with its dealership networks across the

By: Wilson Royl Automotive > Motorcyclesl December 03, 2012 lViews: 269

Hero impulse is the design of Hero group, after the Hero and Honda group sidelined. The company has introduced its extremely first bike in the market dubbed like Hero impulse. It is an outstanding

By: Wilson Royl Automotive > Motorcyclesl November 19, 2012 lViews: 395

Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable than motorist driving vehicles because you're more exposed to the elements. Adding a motorcycle roadside assistance plan to your insurance policy can give you

By: Adriana Copaceanul Automotive > Motorcyclesl June 11, 2012 lViews: 304

Motorcycle roadside assistance is added protection that provides many great benefits. Vehicle insurance makes it legal for you to drive and it protects you in the event you're involved in an

By: Adriana Copaceanul Automotive > Motorcyclesl June 11, 2012 lViews: 276

High quality motorbike bags are the most convenient motorcycle accessories around. If you're in the market for these, consider Harley-Davidson bags. Here are three reason to back this choice.

By: Mona Farooq Ml Automotive > Motorcyclesl June 09, 2012 lViews: 235

Always use safety equipment such as gloves and safety glasses when working with RV batteries. Maintenance is one of the primary staples of battery life. Consider carrying a motorcycle battery charger

By: George Zeedl Automotive > RVl April 07, 2012 lViews: 217

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus