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Battery for Suzuki SV

1955 Views 13 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  ShanMan14
Looks like the battery in my '99 SVS needs a new one. After spending most of its life in the Arizona heat, I'm surprised I'm only on #2.

But, I tried to start it this morning (35 degrees) and if my bike hadn't turned over when it did it would be sitting on a charger right now.

So, where is the best place to get a battery? Mail-order doesn't seem like deal considering the weight. Unless you buy the electrolyte locally, but if I'm going to do that I might as well just buy the whole thing locally. I only shy away from that because of the cost, but for an item like this is might actually me cheaper?

What are your recommendations for a new battery? OEM? Sealed after-market?
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larryg said:
OEM usually is Yuasa. The big problem with bike batteries is not the battery but the environment. The battery makers have to deal with size limitations, heat, vibration, and often times less than stellar starting and charging systems. When I sold my 93 ZR1100 in 03 it still had the original battery and fired every time even if it sat for months...sometimes it is just luck of the draw (no pun intended).

i think the older batteries of the 80's and early 90's lasted longer than the newer ones...use to get 3-5 years easy out of them, now your lucky to get 2 full seasons...just my thoughts on batteries for the last 30 years of bike riding...
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