May 22.2009.

Johnson Controls, the manufacturer of market-leading VARTA motorcycle batteries, is reminding riders that they can take advantage of a free battery check at their nearest participating stockist to ensure that their battery will provide reliable starting for the coming year.

A new 2009 pocked-sized VARTA motorcycle battery catalogue is available to help riders and dealers choose exactly the right replacement battery to match the unit supplied with the bike or scooter as original equipment. The pocket guide has been updated to include over 300 new models.

VARTA's range provides 98 per cent coverage of the UK two-wheel market. For commuting and sports bikes, VARTA LF AGM batteries are the ideal solution. They are vibration, spill and leak proof and 100 per cent maintenance free. They clain to offer high starting performance and longer lifespan, while a low self-discharging rate means that they can withstand longer periods out of use.

Also available from VARTA stockists throughout the UK is the new "Fresh Pack" battery concept, which offers ultimate consumer convenience. The battery is supplied with a safety container for the acid, and the correct amount of acid to commission the battery.

Bikers can take the new "Fresh Pack" battery away with them and commission it themselves for immediate use in total safety, which is not possible with conventional technology motorcycle batteries without this special packaging. The "Fresh Pack" battery can also be delivered via mail or web-order direct to the consumer, because the packaging is totally safe for transportation.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION contact: Roger Mercer at RM Communications on 020 8652 7392

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Issued on behalf of Johnson Controls Batteries Ltd, Broadwater Park, North Orbital Road, Denham, Uxbridge UB9 5HR

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