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What is a good source for a new battery. Has this gone High tech or is there and economical way to this.
The one i saw was moer than the one I just put in my wifes car. This is why I'm asking. Thanks.
 

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You have a couple of choices.
You can go to your auto parts and get a cheap one and sometimes a good one.
You can go to a battery specialty shop and get either.
you can get one from a MC shop for usually more but they usually only sale the good ones.

The cheap ones will need acid installed during installation and a precharge.

I would recommend the sealed maintenance free battery. They cost more but usually last twice as long. :2cents:
 

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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.

- Roach
I have suspected this all along!
Can you explain the difference between the two styles better than I?
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.
 

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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!
 

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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!
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 :D (The original gel battery was damaged and I needed to replace it).

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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.
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.

Gel batteries come ready to go from the manufacturer ... to be honest, I don't know what's involved in their manufacture.

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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?
 

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Gas 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?
At $30 a pop I can stuff a whole lot of cheap ones into the R6 for the price of the one gel battery :D

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Well that is true..but reliability is worth alot so you don't get stranded!
 

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Gas Man said:
Well that is true..but reliability is worth alot so you don't get stranded!
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 using :)

Honestly, they last a long time if you put them on a tender for the winter and don't let them completely discharge.

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Hey I do the same but I'm just pointing out a different view that some may have.
 

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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?
 

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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?
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.

Absolutely try putting it on a charger and see if it'll hold a charge after that - if it's a new battery it might be ok. If it won't hold a charge for more than a couple days after you charge it ... time for a new battery.

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:iagree: and battery tenders are a must if you let your bike set for a few weeks in-between rides!
 

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jeeps84 said:
:iagree: and battery tenders are a must if you let your bike set for a few weeks in-between rides!
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