I have suspected this all along!SpeedWerks.com said:Almost all motorcycle batteries are made by Yuasa and then other companies slap their names on them and re-sell them.
We sell "Parts Unlimited" batteries, which are about half the price as the ones with "Yuasa" printed on them.
Some new bikes come with Gel bateries ... the R6 for example. Now ... the bad news is, the frigging thing is only available from YUASA directly and is $185 list!! I have a standard YTX7 shoved in sideways in mine (The original gel battery was damaged and I needed to replace it).Gas Man said:I knew this Roach... it's a scam! I got a Interstate last time (last year) and it's ok... but they're all the same... I wish we could get gel or Optium batteries instead!
You still have to initially fill with acid and charge the maint-free ones when you get them, but after that you never re-open them.jeeps84 said:Sealed maintenance free and the one you have to fill up and charge before installation.
I know from past the sealed batteries seem to last twice as long.
At $30 a pop I can stuff a whole lot of cheap ones into the R6 for the price of the one gel batteryGas Man said:The new R6's come with a gel battery? DESENT!
The real thing is... Do they last longer? Are they more reliable? Do they hold their charge better?
Considering I've never been stranded by a battery in 16 years of riding ... I'm going to take my chances using the same old maint-free batteries I've been usingGas Man said:Well that is true..but reliability is worth alot so you don't get stranded!
Actually ... starting it like that is the worst thing you can do. It drains the battery to start the bike, then doesn't charge it back up. Letting a battery completely discharge is how you reduce their life.Earlzach said:The bike has been sitting for a few months and hasnt been ran for more than 20 minutes but started like 10 times at one minute runs. Could it just need a good trickle charging?