How to Test the Battery on a Suzuki GSX-R1000
When you hit the start button on your Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle and nothing happens, the first thing you need to do is check the battery.
Testing the battery on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 is easy enough, but you'll need some specialized tools to get the job done. First and foremost, you'll need a digital multimeter, a handy tool that does more than just test batteries. If you own a motorcycle but don't have a multimeter, now is the perfect time to get one.
Another tool you should have is a smart battery charger. Unlike the old style transformer battery chargers, a smart battery charger modulates the charge going into the battery so it doesn't overload or damage it. Because motorcycle batteries are less robust than car batteries and need to be charged more often, a smart battery charger is an essential tool for any motorcycle owner to have.
Tools and Parts Needed - Suzuki GSX-R1000 Battery Testing
Testing the Battery on a Suzuki GSX-R1000
Step 1. With the ignition off, set your digital multimeter to DC volts and measure the battery's voltage. The battery should have a reading between 12.5 volts and 13 volts. If the voltage reads below 12.5, turn the ignition on and monitor the voltage to see if it drops any further, which is an indication the battery may be worn out.
Step 2. Disconnect the positive and negative cables from the battery and connect a battery tester to check its condition. A battery tester will test your GSXR 1000 battery based on its type and size, and gives you a much better indication of whether it needs to be replaced. If the battery tester diagnoses a bad battery, it's obviously time to purchase a new one.
Step 3. Prep the new battery by removing the cover from the electrolyte container. Don't discard the cover on the electrolyte container, since you'll be needing it again once the battery is fully charged. Press the electrolyte container down onto the six battery cells and let it drain completely into the battery. Once the battery is filled, let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
Step 4. Use a smart battery charger to charge the battery. A smart charger won't overcharge or damage your Suzuki motorcycle's battery.
Step 5. Once the battery is fully charged, take the cover that was on the electrolyte container and use it to seal the six battery cells.
OPTIONAL: Use a battery tester to check the health of the new battery after it's fully charged.
Step 6. Install the new battery by reconnecting the positive cable to the battery first, then reconnecting the negative cable. This reduces the chances of accidentally shorting the battery while you're installing it. Once the new battery is installed, fire up your Suzuki motorcycle and take it for a ride!
If your battery passed all the tests but your Suzuki GSXR 1000 still won't start, watch the video below to learn how to troubleshoot GSX-R1000 starting problems.