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I have a 1985 Honda Shadow 500 with a dead battery as it's been sitting awhile. I have a 1 amp charger that I can hook up to the bike to charge it. What is the Voltage of this motorcycle battery?

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Your bike is equipped with a standard 12 volt battery. If you count three acid cells/caps on a battery you have a 6 volt. If you can count 6 acid cells/caps on the battery you have a 12 volt.

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