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post #21 of 30 Old 07-23-2019, 09:52 PM
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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?

Interestingly enough DEKA batteries at 3x the cost failed me twice in a row. The Everstart battery I bought for the now sold Guzzi is in my zero turn and has been for the last 2 years. The mower is housed in the shed where it see's 100+ degree temperature swings between the seasons. Its not on a trickle charger just sits there dormant for 4+ months. In the spring when I bust out the mower I'll put it on a battery tender until the light is steady green and its not failed to start the mower since its been in there.

I do not ride deep into the woods however if I did there are 100 other things that would worry me before a battery. Falling/wrecking and breaking a bone and/or getting a puncture wound, throwing out my back. These are the things that would keep me in the woods playing lets see if I can stay alive until help arrives. If my battery were to go kaput at least I could walk out and get another.

If a more costly battery gives you peace of mind then that's what you need to buy.
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Interestingly enough DEKA batteries at 3x the cost failed me twice in a row. The Everstart battery I bought for the now sold Guzzi is in my zero turn and has been for the last 2 years. The mower is housed in the shed where it see's 100+ degree temperature swings between the seasons. Its not on a trickle charger just sits there dormant for 4+ months. In the spring when I bust out the mower I'll put it on a battery tender until the light is steady green and its not failed to start the mower since its been in there.

I do not ride deep into the woods however if I did there are 100 other things that would worry me before a battery. Falling/wrecking and breaking a bone and/or getting a puncture wound, throwing out my back. These are the things that would keep me in the woods playing lets see if I can stay alive until help arrives. If my battery were to go kaput at least I could walk out and get another.

If a more costly battery gives you peace of mind then that's what you need to buy.
What type of cells does it have? Can it leak if it tips over?

I'd still be on the fire roads though, not like trails or deep woods.

Well thanks I really appreciate it.
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The everstart are traditional wet cell vented lead/acid batteries and yes it can leak acid if tipped.

SLA or sealed lead acid batteries are certainly a better for motorcycle application because they are sealed an can be mounted mutiple ways or if the bike it tipped it won't leak.

The disadvantage of SLA verses LA is cost.

The other thing you'd have to overcome is the size. The U1 battery is much bigger physically than the DL battery do the stock mounting location would most likely not work. The advantage of a bigger batter is much more stored energy for easier starting and if you run heated gear it will help buffer the anemic electrical output of the stator. If you stator failed you could also travel a lot further on a bigger batter running a total loss system.

To sum it up will the everstart work in the DL, yes with some modifications. It is the best choice for every day general fun riding, mostly likely not.
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How about this AGM Battery for about $59/shipped?
YTX12-BS AGM Maintenance Free Battery
https://www.batterymart.com/p-ytx12-...e-battery.html


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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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Had to start bike, wait, check oil, add more. Did that 5 times it was a half quart low.
Your battery didn't die, you killed it.

A battery has two, maybe three starts in it, then the state of charge is too low to safely start it again until it is charged. I'm guessing by the fifth start the starter was dragging.

Conventional batteries will not tolerate a deep discharge.

I buy cheap, no-name batteries from a local battery wholesaler that deals mostly with commercial customers. They are at least $20 cheaper than Wally and auto stores, sometimes $50 or more. I get 5-6 years out of them, and replace them at the first sign of weakness. Never had one outright fail.

I am diligent about keeping my motorcycle batteries charged, and after killing a few batteries, making sure they are fully charged before starting. A $5 multimeter and a $20 battery maintainer from Menards provide cheap insurance. Much easier to tell if a problem is a failing battery or a faulty charging system.

FWIW, if the battery has enough juice left to run the fuel pump, you may be able to bump-start the bike. Last spring the battery on my FJR (which had given plenty of warning that it was failing, which I ignored) wouldn't crank it, but would run the fuel pump. Fortunately I live on a steep hill. Went for my ride, then replaced it. Quite a PIA, as several pieces of plastic need to be loosened/removed. Be happy the Vee battery is so accessible.
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Bang for buck in my experience has been Walmart everstarts. Havent had to buy one for the Vee yet, but in all my other bikes i would beat the crap out of those batteries. I would roll my bike into the shed for the winter and say i was going to take out the battery , but always forgot and stayed all winter. In the spring i would roll her out, charge the battery and go another year. my older bikes were, well, old bikes so no complicated electronics and therefore i wouldnt treat my Vee the same way. But, to me the everstart is just as tough as any out there.

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I have bought several of the Walmart batteries for both bikes and cars-work fine and last as long as any.--there are only a couple of battery manufacturers out there anyway ---just put different stickers on them.
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I've been riding with a Cycle Gear Megaboost (store brand), sealed lead-acid battery for over 2 years. It still works.

I got the Megaboost after my failing charging system killed 2 Yuasa batteries. Cost was not a whole lot different, but CG had the Megaboost in stock whereas I'd have had to wait for another Yuasa to ship.

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How about this AGM Battery for about $59/shipped?
YTX12-BS AGM Maintenance Free Battery
https://www.batterymart.com/p-ytx12-...e-battery.html

That's a great price on a decent battery, assuming the battery you get is actually US-made. (Battery Mart is a great vendor, so this shouldn't be a problem.)

Personally, I'd cough up the extra $19 for the Big Crank for $77.95
https://www.batterymart.com/p-Big-Cr...2-Battery.html
Note that it's a pound heavier. The electrical specs are about the same, but the case and terminals are beefier.

The MotoBatt is top of the line and higher electrical capacity, but pretty damn expensive at $95.10. Extra terminals are handy. And it's yellow!
https://www.batterymart.com/p-mbtx12...m-battery.html
Still, over the five years or more you should get from a good battery, the cost difference is minor.
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I had a yuasa in my Aprilia and it was shot within a year. Maybe I just got a bad one. I needed a battery for my S1000rr in the spring. Those are high dollar batteries and I only ride this bike a few times a year anymore. I went to Wally World and picked up a $30 battery. Been fine all summer so far. Mostly just parked in the garage. It’ll be interesting to see how it fares over the winter. The strom still has the factory battery in it going on 5 years. Never used a battery tender. Too bad you can’t find factory quality batteries for a reasonable price.
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