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Maddogg
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battery

Postby Maddogg » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:03 am



Thinking about getting a new battery. Old one has just about had it. Alternator is putting out 14 volts at idle. Battery just doesn't seem to have the reserve it used to. Does anyone have experience with the Gell batteries? I am going to get a no maintenance battery, but I have been hearing about these Gell batteries and was wondering if they were any better, or worse. My Thanks.

Bill



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Motorcycle: 1988 GL1500 Panther Trike

Re: battery

Postby liquineer » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:48 am

I have one on my '88- it was already fitted when I got the bike in May last year, been on a battery tender device (when not powering the bike on the road) since then, and I have not had any problems- the alternator is a compufire one.
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Re: battery

Postby ct1500 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:51 am

This is what I do
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wingit11
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Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Motorcycle: 1983 GL1100A Aspencade
1990 GL1500SE/California Sidecar Friendship III

Re: battery

Postby wingit11 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:07 pm

I have had great service from a Odyssey Dry Cell battery in my 1983 Aspencade. I cannot remember how long I have had this battery when I finally replaced it this last summer. Best I can recall it was 12 or 13 years that I got out of it. I bought it before I moved from Vancouver and I have been here in Lethbridge for 10 years now. It is slightly smaller than stock size but has higher cranking amps and will take deep cycle discharge with no issues. Well worth the extra cost if you intend to keep the bike for a long time. When it comes time to replace the battery in my 1500 I will be putting in an Odyssey. Same battery fits all wings except the GL1800.

http://www.odysseybattery.com/

http://www.odysseybattery.com/batterysearch/

I would also recommend if you don't want to go the cost of the Odyssey, get an AGM (absorbed glass mat) battery. You will not be sorry.

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Re: battery

Postby Maddogg » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:03 pm

ct1500. That is the battery brand I have in my bike. I had never heard of that type of battery before. Does the 1500 need more cranking amps, or is 350 sufficient?

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Re: battery

Postby ct1500 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:07 am

That 350 figure is COLD cranking amps and is more than sufficient. Actual starter draw of the 1500 is in the neighborhood of 110-120 amps.
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Re: battery

Postby Fatwing Chris » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:57 am

Maddogg wrote:ct1500. That is the battery brand I have in my bike. I had never heard of that type of battery before. Does the 1500 need more cranking amps, or is 350 sufficient?


Don't remember the #'s,but the AGM I put in the 1500 was 50 CCA higher than the original lead/acid bat and it made a huge difference IMHO.
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Re: battery

Postby redbug » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:07 am

This is what you want...Nothing finer than a Odyssey battery. Be sure you charge it with a battery tender before installing it. And plug it in when not riding. You always want full power from your battery.
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Re: battery

Postby Maddogg » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:18 pm

Ok, I bought the AGM from Cyclemax. I didn't like the specs on the Odyssey. It only stated about 160 CCA. Also the mounting is different than my battery, and this is supposed to be for my GL1500. Wasn't real impresed.

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Re: battery

Postby Wingsconsin » Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:48 pm

Batteries Plus has an AGM for the GL1500 with 330 CCA.
National Warranty and around $100
Mine is now 4 years old and works fine - I keep it on a tender when not riding.
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Re: battery

Postby silverado6x6 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:03 pm

I bought an AGM batter by the Chrome brand on Ebay, they have an awesome price and free shipping, and that even applied to Alaska!
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Re: battery

Postby rottiman » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:51 am

Put a Deka AGM in my 88 last may. Performed awesome all summer and fall. Even had my heated Derbings coat on it. When I put my battery tender on it, it comes back up to full charge in about 10 minutes. Absolutely recommend it. I understand Deka is the canadian version of Yuasa. I'm Happy,Happy,...Happy. :D




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