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Stupid factory battery only lasted 8 years

I just wrapped my exhaust and since then I've been feeling a lot more heat in the seat and on my legs. I think I might have cooked the battery because I left the battery tender on all day and night and still not charged enough to start the bike. I did notice that the battery was hot after being charged for 24 hours. Thinking it was the battery tender I jumped the bike and rode 15 miles in slow traffic and cut it off. Dead after sitting ten minutes. What's a good replacement battery? That is maintenance free and won't beak the bank.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-18-2013, 12:23 AM
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Funny title! ... but I can't answer your question
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That heat was a cell burning up inside the battery. They're toast after they've done that.
The cheapie replacements go for about $70 a a battery store or ORielly, etc.
I would go with the more reliable yuasa myself tho. As long as your charging system is in good condition, ie not overcharging.

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I recently got a Shori or adventure power as there called now. Deffinatly not the cheapest but with the huge weight saving, the power and fact they will hold a charge for over a year without use of tender I was sold. Happy as of now!
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I have had a Yuasa in my CBR for 5+ years now and it still works perfect. though with the lightweight batteries out there now, i'd probably try one of those. I know someone posted last week that he got a battery and charger for $135 from riders dicount. (though when I go to the site it is only apparel and helmets)
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What's a good replacement battery? That is maintenance free and won't beak the bank.


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Well Shorai, Yuasa, and Ballistic all fit 2 out of the 3.
Just remember, you get what you pay for.

I would recommend that you check out the charging system to limit the risk of cooking a new battery.
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I recently got a Shori or adventure power as there called now. Deffinatly not the cheapest but with the huge weight saving, the power and fact they will hold a charge for over a year without use of tender I was sold. Happy as of now!

Thanks for reminding me to check the charge level.
Have had a LFX18 Shorai battery pegged for use in my RC51 sitting on a shelf since March 2012.
I checked it just now, and and it's still maintaining 13.33V, which is only .01V less than in March of last year, when I received it.
As long as there are no power taps current leaks, these batteries hold a charge for a long time.

The exact same model battery as been in my FZ1 since last year, and it has held up wonderfully. Still spins the engine over quickly.

Since they use different technology, when it is cold outside, it is suggested you switch the key on and let it sit for a short while with the headlights on before starting the engine.
I didn't bother during the mild winters here in Florida, and the bike started immediately.

Since they weight so little, I suggest buying the largest capacity model for street or even track use.
For my FZ1 and RC51, I went with the 18Ah model. It only weighs slightly over 2 lbs.
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