How to Change a Battery on Honda Bikes

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Replacing a dead battery on a Honda bike may seem difficult, since the small stature of the motorcycle leaves little room to work. However, the job is much simpler than it may appear and requires only a wrench and a screwdriver to accomplish. Even though the task is relatively simple, allow a good deal of time to complete the project, as the working area will be cramped and you may need some time to work the battery in and out of position.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change a Battery on a Honda Metropolitan

Park your scooter on level ground and engage the center stand for support. Turn the engine off.

Open your seat to access the maintenance lid. Pull back the two tabs to release the maintenance lid, and then set it aside.

Loosen the nut to remove the negative battery cable, and then remove the positive battery cable.

Detach the rubber strap securing the battery, and then remove the mounting bracket.

Slide the old battery out and set it aside. Mount the new battery and replace the bracket and rubber strap.

Replace the positive battery cable (+) first, and then replace the negative (-) battery cable. Pop the maintenance lid back on and lower the seat.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Replacement battery (Honda OEM recommended)

 How to Change the Battery on a Honda Ruckus

Locate and remove the four Phillips screws that secure the front cowl to the frame of your Ruckus. Separate the front cowl by pulling the inner cover -- the cover facing the the rider's seat -- to expose the battery tray. Remove the metal battery strap by unscrewing the mounting bolt and pulling the strap down and out.

Remove the Phillips screw from the negative wire lead and remove the lead, then remove the screw to remove the positive battery wire lead. Slide the battery out of the tray.

Install the new battery in the tray and secure it with the metal battery strap. Install the mounting bolt to lock the battery into place. Connect the new battery by placing the supplied Phillips screws into the loops on the battery wire leads and screwing them onto the battery terminals, beginning with the positive terminal, followed by the negative terminal.

Reinstall the inner cover, reinserting and tightening the Phillips screws to secure the cover to the frame.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flat-head screwdriver

 How to Change the Battery in a 2003 Honda Shadow VLX 600

Remove the frame's side covers. Grasp the sides off the covers with both hands and gently pull the cover outward until it can be pulled free from the rubber grommets on the frame. Repeat on the remaining cover.

Remove the tool kit from the left side of the frame, which is normally hidden behind the left side cover. Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the wire lead from the left (negative) battery terminal. Move the disconnected wire lead away from the battery and secure it away from the frame.

Remove the fuse box from the right side of the motorcycle. Using a 10-mm wrench, loosen and remove the pair of bolts that secure the fuse box to the frame. Lift the fuse box upward and away from the battery box. Remove the wire lead from the right (positive) battery terminal using a small Philips screwdriver or a 10-mm wrench.

Slide the battery to the right and out of the battery box.

Insert a new, fully-charged battery into the battery box, ensuring that the negative terminal will be positioned on the left of the motorcycle. Install the right wire lead to the positive terminal, tightening the wire lead bolt with a small Phillips screwdriver or a 10-mm wrench. Connect the left wire lead to the negative terminal using a Phillips screwdriver.

Remount the fuse box, tightening the mounting bolts with a 10-mm wrench. Replace the tool kit into the left side of the frame. Reinstall the side covers by pressing the tabs on the back of the covers into the rubber grommets on the frame.

Items you will need

  • 10-mm wrench

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Change a Battery in a Honda Rubicon 500

Put on a pair of safety glasses and switch the ignition switch to the "Off" position.

Pull the seat release lever up, located on the right side of the seat near the rear, and pull the seat backward. Lift the seat off the Rubicon 500.

Remove the clips that secure the battery holder band on each side and remove the band. Note that the clips simply slide from beneath a plastic hook.

Unscrew the negative battery cable terminal bolt with a flat-head screwdriver. Remove the negative battery cable. The negative battery cable is located on the left.

Unscrew the positive battery cable terminal bolt with a flat-head screwdriver. Remove the positive battery cable. The positive battery cable is located on the right.

Lift the battery out to remove it.

Replace the battery with a 14-BS type battery and apply dielectrical grease generously to the positive and negative terminals.

Reconnect the positive terminal first, then the negative terminal, and replace the battery holder band.

Reinstall the seat by lining the prongs on the front of the seat up with the retainers on the Rubicon 500 frame. Push the seat forward until the bosses on the back of the seat line up with the mounting rubber holes beneath it. Press down to lock the seat in place.

Items you will need

  • Safety glasses

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • 14-BS battery

  • Dielectrical grease

 How to Change the Battery in a Honda CBR

Remove the two screws in the lower corners on the back of the seat of the Honda CBR, using the Phillips screwdriver. Pull the seat off and place it to the side.

Disconnect the negative terminal from the battery with the Phillips screwdriver, then repeat on the positive terminal. Slide the rubber battery tie-down strap forward off the battery. Lift the battery up and out of the battery tray.

Position the new battery in the tray. Pull the rubber battery tie-down strap over the top of the battery to lock it in place. Connect the positive terminal to the battery, followed by the negative terminal, using the Phillips screwdriver.

Reinstall the seat on the motorcycle and secure it with the two screws.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Change the Battery on a Honda Shadow Motorcycle

Rest the bike on the side stand with the ignition in the "Off" position. Leave the bike in gear to prevent it from rolling.

Locate the seat mounting bolts on each side of the seat near the passenger grab strap. Remove the bolts, using a ratchet and Allen driver. Lift the rear end of the seat slightly, then slide the seat towards the rear to disengage it from the frame, and remove it from the bike.

Locate the battery cover retainer screw at the forward edge of the battery cover. Remove the screw, using a Phillips screwdriver. Lift the front edge of the cover until it disengages from the rear of the box, then lay it aside.

Using wrenches, loosen and remove the negative battery cable hardware. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery and lead it away from the battery terminal to avoid accidental contact. Loosen and remove the battery positive cable.

Lift the battery straight up and out of the battery box. Wipe the box with a clean shop rag and remove any debris or residue. Install the new battery in the battery box.

Clean the battery cable terminals using a wire brush or terminal tool. Install the positive battery cable and hardware on the positive battery terminal, then tighten the hardware securely. Install the negative battery cable and hardware.

Engage the battery cover in the rear of the battery box, then lower the front of the box down to its resting position. Install the screw and torque it to 8.8 inch-pounds, or just snug, using an inch-pound torque wrench and screwdriver tip. Be careful not to overtighten this screw since you can strip it with very little effort.

Hold the seat in position with the rear raised slightly. Push down and forward on the front of the seat to engage the seat hook with the frame, then lower the rear of the seat into position. Install the seat bolts and torque them to 16 foot-pounds, using a foot-pound torque wrench and Allen driver.

Items you will need

  • Ratchet

  • Allen driver set

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Wrench set

  • Terminal tool or wire brush

  • Inch-pound torque wrench

  • Screwdriver tip set

  • Foot-pound torque wrench

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