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post #11 of 30 Old 07-23-2019, 10:33 AM
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Batteries Plus usually have a selection of reasonable priced batteries.
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post #12 of 30 Old 07-23-2019, 10:38 AM
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The Deka battery with the big goofy terminals is available under several brand names, including "Big Crank" and as the house brand at some auto parts stores. It's US-made and very high quality. If you go to an auto parts store, visually verify you're getting a Deka; sometimes they swap in Chinese garbage without updating their systems.

I've also been VERY impressed with MotoBatt batteries.

Walmart's Everstart AGM batteries can also be pretty decent, believe it or not. It may vary by region, but the ones I've seen are US-made (by Exide, I think) and pretty good stuff, especially for a battery you can pick up at 3am in any small town. Caveat emptor, YMMV, etc.

Skip all the generic Chinese AGM crap, and NEVER EVER EVER install an old-fashioned wet cell acid puker unless you're truly stranded in a swamp somewhere and it's your only option... these things seriously need to be outlawed.

I seem to be the only one on earth, but... I've never once had a good experience with Yuasa batteries.
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"I seem to be the only one on earth, but... I've never once had a good experience with Yuasa batteries."

And Ive never had a bad experience with a Yuasa battery, although others in my riding group have.
What I did notice is that the Japanese or US-made Yuasas were fine(which is what I use), the Taiwan Yuasas were junk.
Ive also used Interstate Batteries, and these were USA-made and identical to the Japanese Yuasas right down to the instruction sheet that came in the box. The Interstates never gave me a problem, and were a few dollars cheaper.
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I think my Shrorai Li Ion battery is going on 7 years old. $$$ but for sure NOT junk. All the weight savings is why I bought one.

Nice to have a Wally world option if you are stuck on the road and are broke. It's good to have options.

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I'm trying this one. There are cheaper batteries available, but this one had good reviews. Some of the really cheap ones do not. $39 delivered in two days with Amazon Prime.

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My Experience - I've had a great experience with a NAPA battery in my ZRX1200 that I recently sold. Bought a NAPA 14-BS 5/10/12 at 36,500 miles. It was still going strong 7/1/19 with over 73,000 miles on the clock. Never had to be charged over the 7 years and 36,500 miles in the bike.

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Originally Posted by locoblanco View Post
Oreillys, (and probably other auto part stores too), sell a fully sealed AGM battery. No need to add acid, ready to install without charging. Has big beefy terminals you can really crank down on when tightening the cables. About $85 last time I checked. Part # ETX12.

I get mine from AutoZone and they always have them in stock. I usually get 4+ years out of them.

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I've have no love for yuasa batteries anymore, my last few yuasa batteries failed way early.

The batteries that go over 4 years were Penn State AGM premiums, the grey ones with the nice easy to use terminals. Sometimes sold under the Deka name. Sam's Club had the best prices around here, I think they sell the Duracell brand made by Penn State.

They are at O'Reilly and Auto Zone, but Sam's Club was $84 last time I checked and the auto parts stores were over $100 here.

There is a noticeable difference with the longevity of the heavier better quality batteries like the Deka/Penn brand.

Cheap batteries have failed me on the road, so I just buy the sealed ready to go ones. Just check the date, dont get one that's too old.

10 years ago, the $50 yuasa batteries were good quality and I got 4 years plus out of them. The old Walmart batteries were made by yuasa, but the current ones are cheap unbranded crap like you get off Ebay sellers.

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Originally Posted by PerazziMx14 View Post
I've used $22 garden Everstart U1 tractor batteries from Walmart on several Guzzi's with great success. They are also a direct swap to my zero turn.

A $22 its a tremendous bang for the buck if you ask me.
That is a good price but they only have a 90 day warranty. It may depend on where you like to ride, also. I might be scare if I go on an adventure ride in the woods and 10 miles away from a paved road, camping or something with this battery. If I was only pavement, then if I break down it wouldn't be near as bad, because I can get help easier, it's easier to push the bike on pavement, etc. And there is almost always a Walmart not too far away (big benefit for returns, exchanges and replacement).

It does look like the perfect backup battery though for someone that wants a cheap backup to take with in those instances, maybe.

How about yourself? Do you ride in remote areas with a $22 lawn mower battery?
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Originally Posted by WildDoktor View Post
Battery died, unable to recharge? Yeah, you need a battery, but...do you know *why* it died? That's what you really need to fix. In fact, if you fix that, you may not need a new battery. (Unlikely, but possible.)
Well this battery came with the bike (2007 DL650) when I bought it 2 years ago with 50K miles on the bike. I let it discharge mot of the way a few times while I owned it (well 2 times at least) when the bike was in the shed (no battery tender). So I didn't take quite as good care of it as I should have. It might still be good if I would have taken care of it.

The battery is a GS YUASA YTX12-BS I see it goes for about $99 online. I am not sure how to decypher the manufacture date, I do see some numbers on the battery. 311205e3

Also I just recall that even when I firt bought the bike, if it stalled while dirt riding, when I try to start it right away; a pause and then it would barely turn it over. A hot start when thee bike sits for a minute, it starts right up like normal. Maybe it's the compression on a hot start right after a stall. So there was that symptom, but I checked it did not need charged that day. So it looks like we got our money's worth out of this battery, it had given me some red flags and I just kept using it. Because it charged like a normal battery until just recently.

I was in my shed getting ready for a road trip the next day. Suddenly this thought comes into my mind, says "You're gonna break down" (a spirit). I hadn't checked my oil in a while, thought the bike wasn't using any. Then I checked it, it was low. Had to start bike, wait, check oil, add more. Did that 5 times it was a half quart low. Next morning; battery was toast. Hook it up to the charger, 1 minute later it says it's charged all the way. Had me goin....thought it was good. Eventually I hooked up my Halo jump starter, the bike started right up. So that's how I found out it was the battery. That spirit was right; I did break down.
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