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post #1 of 15 Old 10-24-2018, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Antigravity Lithium Battery '17 vstrom 650xt

Replaced the OEM lead acid battery that came on 2017 Vsrtom 650XT with an Antigravity ATX-12-HD-RS High-Power Lithium RE-START Battery. Anexact fit for 2017 Vsrtom 650XT... $224.48 on Amazon... Two extra +/- electrodes allowed me to separate accessory cables from cables required to run bike... Weight = 2.5 LB
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-24-2018, 05:31 PM
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what amperage does it have. i was thinking about doing the same but the price is a bit to dear for a battery

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It will start like you've never experienced before.
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They may be great to lower your bike weight and C.O.G. but if and when the battery does go down you cannot push start the bike. A flat battery means no power to the electronics and fuel pump.
I'm thinking that a charged battery pack becomes a necessity.
I'll stick to my AGM battery, thanks very much.
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What!!!! - you can't bump start regardless with a completely dead battery and if there is enough charge left to get the basics working it will bump start with the lithium. You should be carrying a jump battery anyways for all sorts of other reasons.

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On a fuel injected bike, you have you pressurize the fuel system, initiate the computer and sensors and have enough juice left over to fire the ignition system. If you have a dead battery, you aren’t going to be able to do all of this in the time you have to push start the bike, unless you have a very long hill to coast down in a tall gear. You would have to get the rear wheel to turn the engine long enough for the system generator to produce enough power to operate the fuel pump, computers, sensors and ignition system. Taking the fuses out for the lights would help and if you just have a weak battery, you might just get the job done.
4 years in and despite sitting for months the KLR starts instantly .....so did the CBF1000 - like it had never done with a standard battery.


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In the past when I let an Lithium battery drain completely down (in this case it was a stuck radiator fan switch on my Beta) they are pretty much toast. I could not recharge after it was completely flat.

The other thing about Lithium batteries is they work very strange when the weather gets cold. They will barely turn over your bike for a little bit. But as you place load on them the chemistry begins to wake up and they start cranking better.

On my WR250R and KTM 450 EXC I run lithium batteries and so far no issues with the WRR. It will start right up after sitting for a long period as long as it is warm out. If it drops much under 35F then it needs a little coaxing. Haven't had the one installed on the KTM long enough to know how it will behave.

On my Ninja 650R and DL650 I tend to stick with an AGM battery since the weight savings for the price point just don't do much on a bigger bike for me. I can be a cheap bastard.
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That sure is light. What does the stock battery weigh?

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"should be carrying a jump battery anyways for all sorts of other reasons."

Yup an extra $60-$100 for the back up. There are still some good conventional lead-acid batteries on the shelves for less than $100.
It's an ADV bike laden with extra lengths of steel tubes and aluminum and plastic to take you where no man has gone before and there is concern about the extra few pounds a battery may weigh?
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If I were running a woods bike where weight was more critical I would certainly consider a Lithium battery.

On a DL 650 or 1000 the difference in weight simply cannot be noticed. Maybe a placebo effect if that.

As mentioned, cold weather can be problematic with lithium batteries.

Lead acid battery tech is way over a century old. Still around. Must be something that works!
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