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post #1 of 12 Old 05-23-2010, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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What Brand Battery?

It's time for a new battery. Are there any suggestions for a battery brand with long life and good value for the money? I see batteries on line for prices ranging from $40 to $100. I imagine the $40 ones are the thing to buy if you're selling the bike, and I'm not sure the $100 battery has good value for the price.

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I replaced mine 6 months ago. Got it from Batterys Plus. They had 2 choises,! for $60 and them other for $80. I got the $80.
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I picked up the Interstate FAYTX12 battery, 9 months ago for about $80.00. So far all is good. I keep this one on a tender, when the bike is inactive.

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I have no info on quality comparisons, but the following will all fit.

Yuasa YTX-12-BS
Motocross M3RH2S
Delco GTX12-BS
Interstate YTX12-BS
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WalMart ES12BS
Yacht CHT12-BS

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The Walmart battery in my Marauder, which is rarely ridden, rarely sees a charge and is never kept on a tender, outlasted the Yuasa that came in my Wee.

One anecdote doesn't exactly constitute a scientific study, I know. For what it's worth, though, I'm happy with the Walmart batteries.

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Add the Champion 12-BS to the list of batteries that fit the Wee.

This six year old bike is about to get its third battery. I don't know the treatment the other batteries have received. I'm at least the third owner of this bike, but everything else on it works great.

I dislike shopping at Wal*Mart, but their auto batteries have been getting top rankings in "Consumer Reports." Their batteries are made by Exide, one of the two huge U.S. battery makers--Johnson Controls is the other.

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The Walmart battery in my Marauder, which is rarely ridden, rarely sees a charge and is never kept on a tender, outlasted the Yuasa that came in my Wee.

One anecdote doesn't exactly constitute a scientific study, I know. For what it's worth, though, I'm happy with the Walmart batteries.
Do you recall the price on the WalMart battery? Local dealer wants $80.00 for the same Yuasa (?) that the bike ships with. I was wondering if walmart was significantly less.

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I had a stock Yuasa Super MF Pafecta which came on my KTM dual-sport bike. It lasted 7 years and never had to be battery tended. For the price (it was $ 85 for a new one) I thought that was an excellent deal for 7 years of service, so I replaced with the same.

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I love my battery tenders. I get a minimum of 6 years out of my batteries. If I double the life of one of my batteries then it has been worth it. I think my last battery ran me $56 from standard batteries.

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I believe the WallyWorld battery is $65-ish. It's a sealed battery like the OEM Yuasa -- you add acid, give it an initial charge, and then tap the seal in permanently.

I've never had a problem with a Walmart battery either, and I have had expensive Yuasas die for no reason.

More importantly, you can obtain a Wallyworld battery 24/7 in just about any podunk town with more than one traffic light. I hate going into the place too, but they've saved more than one trip.

Good cheap rainsuits back in the fishing section, too...

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