Battery options

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Battery options

Post by robertdawber » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:16 pm

Any suggestions on a good battery that is not too expensive?

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Re: Battery options

Post by Oldbear » Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:32 pm

I bought an AC Delco and a battery tender... 5 seasons ago. I plug my bike in if I'm parking for a few days. My battery is still going strong... and after a starter tear-down, you would never know it was a 5 year old battery.
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Re: Battery options

Post by roadwanderer2 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:56 am

robertdawber wrote:Any suggestions on a good battery that is not too expensive?
I bought my battery from O'reillys auto parts store over a year ago and it hasn't given me any problems. even in the cold weather it fires the bike right up first time, every time. I also keep it on a tender every time I park it in my garage. the part number is.....Part # ETX14, and if your a veteran, you can get a 10% discount on it. I use my military discount on everything I buy from any parts store I go to IE: AutoZone, O'reillys, Napa, advance, pep boys, sears automotive and others.


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Re: Battery options

Post by f1xrupr » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:20 am

I have a 1980 that I purchased that had been sitting for 6 years that needed everything. It came with a new agm battery still in the box, but it was no good-receipt was in the box-if was 2 years old. I purchased a new battery from Advance. It was a Autocraft 50-N18L-A2. It lasted about 11 months. No, I did not keep it on a battery tender, but nether do I keep any of my other vehicles batteries on a tender-maybe I expect to much....IDK....
So, after new brushes in my starter, installed that little ground wire that's talked about, installing a extra ground wire directly to my engine, new pos wire, I decided it was time for a new battery.
A couple years ago, I (with help from above) transformed a firetruck into a semi road tractor, and had a few nice long battery cables left over (firetruck had 2 huge batteries-semi only needs 1). A friend of mine that was living across from our store was moving-getting rid of a few things-gave me a good deep-cycle marine battery. I sacrificed some space in my Vetter trunk, and neatly run those cables under my seat through the bottom of that trunk. I don't have any more starting problems with 550 cca (0 degrees)-650 marine ca (32 degrees), and if I want to use my parking lights for 8 hours, I can with 180 amp hours! That battery was probably about $80, and I don't need a tender!
Check this out; the stator puts out the same charge all the time. When the battery sends a signal to the regulator/ rectifier and says "I'm charged", the r/r basically shorts out the stator to ground (at least one phase of the stator-that's why you may get a lower reading on one leg of the stator, if you test it to ground while it's hooked up....bad will cause you to throw away a good stator!....test your stator like Wingadmin says...not YouTube).
So, if it's going to throw away good current to ground, I'll give it a bigger resivor...a boat battery!
I know this may sound silly, but try this on for size; I installed a oil gauge on my bike (copper tube), and i can pump 60 psi oil pressure (cold engine only) before starting, and then turn ignition on to start, ride for 1 hour at road speed, and after my battery rests, I test 12.47~VDC with DVM at battery, and it don't seem to matter the temp! I have pics of every thing I talked about-I can't loadem with this smart phone, but I can email....oh, by the first I didn't like the charging system on the gl, but I have learned that it is a great charging system if you install the said "Poor Boy Conversion #2"!
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Re: Battery options

Post by harvey01 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:33 am

I prefer the Yuasa batteries. They come in different types so you can select the type that best fits your bike and pocketbook. Try
they also have a great technical manual that can be downloaded and explains a lot about batteries and their use.
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Re: Battery options

Post by Slowride84 » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:12 pm

harvey01 wrote:I prefer the Yuasa batteries. They come in different types so you can select the type that best fits your bike and pocketbook. Try
they also have a great technical manual that can be downloaded and explains a lot about batteries and their use.

I second that. Bought a Yuasa battery after I realized the interstate battery I bought had to be filled with the acid that was included in battery box. The Yuasa battery is a no maintain battery. I left it off the charger all winter and fired bike up on first try.

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Re: Battery options

Post by detdrbuzzard » Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:00 am

both of my wings have odyssey pc680 batteries in them that are eight years old now. the only time they let me down , well they didn't the alternator went on the 1500 wing and the stator went out on the 1200 wing

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