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MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:38 pm



I had read quite a few positive comments about the MotoBatt line of AGM motorcycle batteries, and had stated publicly that when the Yuasa AGM battery in my GL1500 finally bit the dust, that I would give MotoBatt a try.

Well, it's been six years, and the long-suffering Yuasa has sulfated, and my Battery Tender Jr. now refuses to charge it. I will state that I treat my batteries very well: my bikes live inside, and when parked, they are plugged into a Battery Tender Jr. - this one fact more than anything is the reason for the longevity of my motorcycle batteries.

The GL1500 takes a LOT of power, particularly to start, and will not run (or start) well if your battery is showing any sign of weakness. I don't like being stranded, so with my Yuasa being weak, now was the time.

The MotoBatt battery that fits in the GL1500 is the MotoBatt MBTX24U. It can be found for less than $100 at many retailers, including Amazon.

The battery arrives in a box, with the wording "No Initial Charging Required." This is a bold statement.

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The MotoBatt can fit quite a few different applications, thanks to two features: their adaptable "QuadFlex" feature, and an included spacer.

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Inside the box are the battery, the spacer, a bag of parts, and what I thought at first was going to be instructions, but turned out to be little more than marketing material. No instructions were included, but it was fairly obvious what needed to be done.

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On the top of the battery you first notice there are no battery posts. Instead, the "QuadFlex" terminals are at each corner. This allows you to install the battery in applications where the negative cable is on the left and the positive is on the right, or vice versa.

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There are small plastic caps covering each terminal, and you remove the two that you will be using for your application.

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The parts bag includes four hex-head terminal screws, the terminal mounts, and an Allen key.

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Placing one of the screws into the terminal mount, you screw the mount into the battery terminals that you will be using. I tightened these very tight - I don't want them coming loose!

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Next, you screw the actual terminal screw into the terminal mount - you can screw it into the side or top, as the application requires. The GL1500 requires them on the front, with the positive on the right side.

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The battery includes a plastic spacer that it can sit on, for applications that required a slightly taller battery in order to fit.

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The spacer does not clip into place, but is held on more or less by gravity. Lifting the battery away will leave the spacer behind. This isn't an issue in the motorcycle, where the battery normally fastens securely in place. It might make it a bit of a challenge for bikes where the battery lives under the seat, and is "dropped in place."

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Without the spacer, the battery is just a hair over 6 1/2" tall.

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With the spacer in place, it grows to 6 7/8" tall.

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Next to my old Yuasa, you can see that for the GL1500 application, the MotoBatt spacer is not required.

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I thought I would check MotoBatt's "no charging required" claim, and measured the voltage of the battery as it came out of the box. No battery is immune from self-discharge, and this one is no different. For AGM batteries, the state of charge/voltage scale is as follows:

SOC Volts
100% 12.80+
75% 12.60
50% 12.30
25% 12.00
0% 11.80

So far from fully charged, this battery was just a hair under 75%. Probably enough to start the GL1500, but not great.

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After 24 hours connected to my Battery Tender Jr., the battery settled down at 12.86 volts, which is 100%. It held this charge for another 24 hours.

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Installing the battery is as simple as sliding it into place in place of the old battery and hooking up the terminals.

IMPORTANT: When installing the battery, make sure you install the positive terminal first! This prevents accidental shorting of the battery, which could cause an explosion. And speaking of safety...whenever working with lead-acid batteries, make sure you wear eye protection!

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Once the battery was hooked up, I replaced the battery hold-down clamp. Note my Electrical Connection Power Plate on the right side.

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So far, I can say I'm reasonably impressed. The battery cranks, starts and runs the bike very quickly and powerfully. The battery seems to be of high quality, and while I am just a bit unsure about how the terminals will hold up (the screws to remain tight, to be exact), I will check them during my next maintenance session.

I will give a report on the battery after I have used the bike for a time, and perhaps in a year when I will do some more quantitative tests. For now, I have no problems at all with the MotoBatt.

You can read more details on installing this (or any) battery here: How to Replace Your Battery



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Re: MotoBatt Motorcycle Battery

Post by NVSB4 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:58 pm

I'm intrigued about the Quadflex. I have the Power Plate as well, but I wonder if it is possible to attach to the other two terminals as well?
Just an attempt to keep from having so many cables going to each terminal.
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Re: MotoBatt Motorcycle Battery

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:20 pm

NVSB4 wrote:I'm intrigued about the Quadflex. I have the Power Plate as well, but I wonder if it is possible to attach to the other two terminals as well?
Just an attempt to keep from having so many cables going to each terminal.
Yes, if you have screws that will fit. The two sets of terminals are connected internally, so you could technically use all four of them.

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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:23 am

Just a quick comment on the terminals possibly becoming loose - even if tightened sufficiently - but for peace of mind - I ran a few drops of RED loctite on my old CX500. But I'm sure BLUE loctite would be just as effective.

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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by Corkster52 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:58 am

The electrical connection power plate URL changed a bit. I think this is it...
http://electricalconnection.com/index.p ... use-block/

Looking forward to hearing more about how this battery holds up for you Wingman. Just might be my next replacement ;)

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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by billbob » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:31 am

Good post and good looking battery setup,I just put a Deka in my wing and really like it sofar.

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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by chouston99 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:05 am

I know you stated that all 4 terminals were connected internally. I was wondering if you could hook up a battery tender jr to the other 2terminals?
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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:48 am

chouston99 wrote:I know you stated that all 4 terminals were connected internally. I was wondering if you could hook up a battery tender jr to the other 2terminals?
You can, as long as you have the correct sized screws to fit into the battery terminals.

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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by Andy Cote » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:10 pm

I will refer to my posting in May of last year: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=31184&p=194840&hil ... tt#p194840

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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by Rayvn » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:07 pm

You did not mention the "cold cranking amps" of this battery. do you know ?
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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:49 pm

Rayvn wrote:You did not mention the "cold cranking amps" of this battery. do you know ?
CCA is stated at 285, with a 25 AH capacity.

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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by Rayvn » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:53 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Rayvn wrote:You did not mention the "cold cranking amps" of this battery. do you know ?
CCA is stated at 285, with a 25 AH capacity.
Thank you :D
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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by grand rouge » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:40 pm

Greetings from Lincoln CA. First post.

I have used and do use Motobatt batteries in both my GL 1200L and my 83 Suzuki GS 1100E. 6 years in the Suzuki. 5 years in the Wing. Additionally, couple of family members using them as well in a Concours and a couple of Harleys. Newest battery is 4 years old. No special maintenance. Flawless performance. I highly recommend.

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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by jtornese » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:17 pm

I love my SECOND MotoBatt MBTX24U! I ruined my first one by charging it with a regular battery charger that has worked fine for years with regular "flooded" lead acid batteries. I now have a new replacement and a new "intelligent" charger/maintainer. Please be advised that AGM batteries require a newer computer controlled charging method or they will be ruined. My bike starts in about a thousandth of a second! Not bad for 106,000 miles 1993 Aspencade. I also have many lighing accesories that I sorta use to put on light shows when the bike is not running, and this battery gives me an extra "cushion" to do this for awhile without fear of the bike not starting afterwords.

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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by Roscored » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:05 am

If you people remember Stu Ottman of the wing world magazine did a test on batteries and found that the Deka(spelling) was the one to have, he was right on the money, I put one of those batteries in my bike, a 1999 1500 Goldwing SE, I put that battery in the bike in 2006 just before my friend and I went on a trip out west and it is still in that bike yet to day, no joke. I believe that battery would be hard to beat in my book. I always use a battery tender battery charger.

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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by keithg64 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:44 pm

Could this battery be used in the gl1800 ?
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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by MikeB » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:16 pm

The MBTX20U is for the GL1800. The MBTX24U is physically too large.

I have one of each. Got them through Amazon.
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Re: MotoBatt MBTX24U Motorcycle Battery for GL1500

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:23 pm

keithg64 wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:44 pm
Could this battery be used in the gl1800 ?
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The MotoBatt battery that fits in the GL1500 is the MotoBatt MBTX24U.

The MotoBatt battery that fits in the GL1800 is the MotoBatt MBTX20U.



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