1984 Aspecade Battery- What to buy...


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DC46
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1984 Aspecade Battery- What to buy...

Postby DC46 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:01 pm



Im gonna need a battery for my 84 1200, its not original battery so need a lil input from the experienced...What to buy and best prices...Thanx guys...



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SilverDave
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Re: 1984 Aspecade Battery- What to buy...

Postby SilverDave » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:20 am

So much depends on how you use your bike... and how open your battery people are to bargaining..

I live up north, where its rarely hot enough to cook a battery, or boil it dry....
so with a Battery Tender Jr. after long night rides... I can usually get 4 years or so out of a liquid acid fill type...

And my local battery dealer often cuts me a deal on batteries that have been on the shelf too long ... :)
If you were riding a lot thru hot deserts and such, I think a zero maintenance , sealed, glass pack battery would be more advisable .

Around here, a good YUASA runs about $135 and up... and glass sealed are much higher... I am usually able to get a quality acid liquid battery from THIS local dealer for about $65 to $70, depending ...
Dividing either price by 4 or 5 years... I spend more on coffee ...lol

The really important thing is, when replacing battery .... check your charging system.... clean every contact you can find... ( including the 25 yo ground strap)... and check the charge and acid levels after 2 weeks to be sure the levels are correct.

I replace mine whenever it cannot pass the battery dealers " Load" test in the spring .... GoldWings are a little too heavy to push start ... and I'd hate to be out in the boonies somewhere with no easy way to start my machine.

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Re: 1984 Aspecade Battery- What to buy...

Postby redial » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:19 pm

Surprisingly, heat does more to destroy a battery than the cold! The cold makes a normal battery more sluggish to crank, but it will last. Batteries that are stored while still connected will get very tired very quickly.

If you are looking for a different sort of battery, then look for a LiFePo - no acid and much lighter.
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Re: 1984 Aspecade Battery- What to buy...

Postby trike lady » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:48 pm

A good maintenance-free battery. I've had good luck with Deka Powersports Batteries.
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Re: 1984 Aspecade Battery- What to buy...

Postby Missourimike » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:03 pm

Price factor may figure into "what to buy". Budget minded folks go for the $50 battery at Walmart. For another $25 or so, Batteries Plus has a good sealed battery, which may or may not last longer, depending on your bike's charging system. As said before, clean all contacts, check the voltage output on all 3 wires from your stator. One bad lead will suck a battery dead, being you will be running on battery alone and the stator won't be putting out enough voltage to charge it. And when the battery is installed, make sure the battery cable connections are TIGHT. I have had several fellow riders who got stranded last year due to loose connections on their recently purchased battery.

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Re: 1984 Aspecade Battery- What to buy...

Postby buffdaddy55 » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:50 pm

I have an '85 Aspy and I use the $50 special from Wally world. It works great and not have any problems. Granted south Ga. does not get much cold weather but have no problems with the little cold we get. :D

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Re: 1984 Aspecade Battery- What to buy...

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:43 pm

AGM battery all the way.I'll never put a lead acid battery(not even a maint. free) in any of my toys again.50 more CCA than the lead/acid that was in it makes a big difference.More money initially,but well worth it.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: 1984 Aspecade Battery- What to buy...

Postby Missourimike » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:02 pm

Fatwing Chris wrote:AGM battery all the way.I'll never put a lead acid battery(not even a maint. free) in any of my toys again.50 more CCA than the lead/acid that was in it makes a big difference.More money initially,but well worth it.

The Batteries Plus battery is AGM. Another good thing about them....they don't pump acid out and eat up your chrome pipes.




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