Help Needed Comparing Batteries


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Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby swr1977 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 7:08 am



The time has come for me to change the battery on my GL 1000. Prices vary a lot between brands and whether it's AMG or gel and I'm not sure which one to buy.

My questions are:
If I switch to a gel battery do I have to change my alternator or anything else?

What brands are good? Which brands are garbage?

With a gel battery, if it dies, can you get a jump-start without hurting the it like you can a standard battery?

Below are a few examples of what I have found:

KMG YTX24HL-BS AGM Battery $67
http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?nav= ... 61&alt=web

Caltric ?AGM/Gel? BATTERY $69
http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?nav= ... 36&alt=web

Mighty Max Gel Battery $90
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.vi ... 68&alt=web

Bikemaster TruGel Gel Battery $129
http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?nav= ... 28&alt=web

NAPA Power Sport Batteries $161
http://www.napaonline.com/napa/en/p/SBB ... 0360274945

Yuasa Batteries
http://www.yuasabatteries.com/vehicle_s ... howListing


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Re: Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:50 pm

You can use an AGM battery in your bike with the existing stator, no problem - and in fact you'll likely get better performance and longer life.

My next battery will be a MotoBatt - based on the research I have done. I would recommend having a read through these two articles in the Reviews section:

What brand of AGM battery is best?

MotoBatt MBTX20U Review

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Re: Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby harvey01 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:40 pm

I would urge you to download and read a copy of the Technical Manual found on the Yuasa website. It is chock full of info on batteries in general. http://www.yuasabatteries.com/pdfs/TechManual_2014.pdf

As noted in Wing Admins post, the website for Yuasa can also guide you to the recommended battery for your bike. And any alternatives they recommend.

I bought a NAPA AGM battery for my Honda CBX about 6 years ago and the battery still works well. I realize it is near the end of its life but it has done well in a bike that was/is not run regularly. I have used a Battery Tender on it over that time but not constantly.

Yuasa batteries generally have lasted me 5 to 7 years so they are my battery of choice. I bought the NAPA battery when I worked there since I had a great discount---made it the cheapest.
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Re: Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby golden highway » Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:44 pm

I have used Chrome in a few bikes. Great battery and if there is a problem the company will stand behind there product.

http://chromebattery.shopgate.com/item/3733

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Re: Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby swr1977 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:39 pm

Thank you very much WingAdmin, harvey01, & golden highway for your advise & links. I'll take a look at all of them and let you know what I decide in the coming week. Anyone else with advise/comments or other links please share!

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Re: Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby dingdong » Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:19 am

Whatever you purchase it would be wise to purchase locally or a brand name that can be serviced locally in case of warranty problems. Good luck!
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Re: Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby harvey01 » Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:54 am

I have not purchased a battery locally since 2003 at NAPA! I have maintained 3 bikes during that period and never had a warranty problem. Just keep the sales slip, initialize the battery correctly and buy from a responsible online supplier. I would be very wary of an ebay seller as opposed to an established online dealer.
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Re: Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby wing rider 2012 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:30 am

From what I've researched about batteries, I think my next battery will be a MotoBatt also.
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Re: Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby swr1977 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:57 pm

WingAdmin wrote:You can use an AGM battery in your bike with the existing stator, no problem - and in fact you'll likely get better performance and longer life.

My next battery will be a MotoBatt - based on the research I have done. I would recommend having a read through these two articles in the Reviews section:

What brand of AGM battery is best?

MotoBatt MBTX20U Review


wing rider 2012 wrote:From what I've researched about batteries, I think my next battery will be a MotoBatt also.



From what I've read and your recommendations and being that there is a battery dealer storefront less them 1 hour away from where I live (in Granite Falls, WA) that carries the MotoBatt battery for my Wing ... http://www.motobatt.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=108&year=75-79&cc=1000&manufacturer_id=16&category_id=63&model_id=447 I'll be going to purchase it tomorrow. I did get my battery to work today but after following the instructions in the Technical Manual http://www.yuasabatteries.com/pdfs/TechManual_2014.pdf that harvey01 posted I've determined that the battery in my Wing (purchased by the PO) {no idea how old it is} ... it's only at between 50-75% voltage. Also while trying to star my Wing this-morning it died (charged it before trying to complete Voltmeter Test)

If you are wondering about cost... Battery Systems of Everett quoted me $143.95 for the battery and $29.99 for there brand of batter tender.

Those of you who haven't purchased this brand before (like me) ... I'll post how it works out for me later this summer!
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Re: Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:16 pm

I think you generally stick with what has provided you good service. I'm coming up on 4 years with a Yuasa AGM and the bike starts and runs just like the day it was new. That includes an episode of a dead alternator running the battery down to near zero, well, low enough that the bike just quit running. I put it on a battery tender within a few hours of the event, and it seemed to leave no lasting ill effects. That was over a year ago. As it seems most of these batteries only have a 1 year warranty, I'm not sure of the benefit of purchasing locally, over online. If it were a 3 year warranty, then I would definitely purchase locally.
Good luck with your new battery. That one seems highly rated.

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Re: Help Needed Comparing Batteries

Postby swr1977 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:51 pm

Bluewaterhooker0 wrote:I think you generally stick with what has provided you good service. I'm coming up on 4 years with a Yuasa AGM and the bike starts and runs just like the day it was new. That includes an episode of a dead alternator running the battery down to near zero, well, low enough that the bike just quit running. I put it on a battery tender within a few hours of the event, and it seemed to leave no lasting ill effects. That was over a year ago. As it seems most of these batteries only have a 1 year warranty, I'm not sure of the benefit of purchasing locally, over online. If it were a 3 year warranty, then I would definitely purchase locally.
Good luck with your new battery. That one seems highly rated.


I'm purchasing locally for the convenience of returning it if I need the warranty (2 yrs) otherwise I could get it $30-40 less!


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