Battery activating in 10, 9, 8…

So I finally bit the bullet and ordered a new battery for the SV – a Yuasa YT12A-BS. It was a lot cheaper to purchase it on with my AMA discount and some points I had accumulated with them, so I chose to go that route instead of getting it from a local store. The only downside to this was that I had to activate and charge it myself before I could plug it into the bike.

It turns out that activation involved adding sulphuric acid to the battery and then sealing it up. The acid was provided in six little connected vials which you have to drain into the battery. Having burnt myself a couple of times with acid in chem lab back in the day, I was a little wary, but it was pretty smooth sailing.

It’s now sitting on the charger. Be nice if this were the end of my electrical woes. A girl can dream, right?

Activating battery for SV650

Published by Rashmi Tambe

I am a motorcyclist from Seattle, WA. This blog records my motorcycle, code-monkey and travel related musings! For the other motorcycling related site I run, check out Global Women Who Ride.

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  1. Actually you normally don’t have to charge the battery after adding the acid. It should work like that.. At least it always did in my hands. :)
    Anyway – fingers crossed! Everythings gonna be fine. ;)

  2. Well when I hooked it up to the charger, it said “Charging” and said that for quite a while too. Anyway, I haven’t had time to put it in the bike for 2 days now anyway. :P

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