GL 1800 Battery


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GL 1800 Battery

Postby crock4 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:49 pm



Well it's time for a new battery. Almost 7 yrs on this one. I know this forum has a lot of really sharp folks on it. I would appreciate any advice as to what type you guys have had good luck with, (lead acid, gel, AGM, etc.). The one I have now is a Yuasa lead acid. It has been a good battery. I just thought one of the newer variety might be better since you don't have to add acid.
At any rate let me know what you think.

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Re: GL 1800 Battery

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:34 pm

Have a look at this thread, you'll find some interesting reading.

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Re: GL 1800 Battery

Postby crock4 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:32 am

Thanks Wingman. :D Good stuff. I appreciate the input. From the looks of these test it looks like this is the way to go. :!:
I came in from the garage to get the step by instructions on the changing coolant, and noticed your note. Now back to work.
The weather here has been so nice I feel guilty working on the bike, and not riding it, but sometimes have to bite the bullet or it wont get done. Has to be ready for next week. My daughter, and son-in-law are coming in from up your way (Middlefield, Ohio), to visit for the week. I have to work so will let them use the wing for the week.
At any rate thanks again, and have a great Christmas.

Bob
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Re: GL 1800 Battery

Postby warski » Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:53 pm

Take a look at the Shorai "Lithium Iron" at www.shoraipower.com. A pricey alternative, but they are expected to last 8-10 years. I installed one in my BMW F800GS after having poor luck with lead acid replacements. It's ability to hold a charge when ignored for weeks and cranking power make it worth the cost. I'll never buy another lead acid battery for any of my bikes.

Good luck,

Tom

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Re: GL 1800 Battery

Postby crock4 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:38 am

warski wrote:Take a look at the Shorai "Lithium Iron" at http://www.shoraipower.com. A pricey alternative, but they are expected to last 8-10 years. I installed one in my BMW F800GS after having poor luck with lead acid replacements. It's ability to hold a charge when ignored for weeks and cranking power make it worth the cost. I'll never buy another lead acid battery for any of my bikes.

Good luck,

Tom


Impressive, but I think a little out of my price range. Thanks for the look though.

Bob
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Re: GL 1800 Battery

Postby thrasherg » Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:53 pm

I run Shorai batteries on my CRF450X and my 08 Yamaha R6 and like the weight saving. They also hold their charge for a very long time. I still use a maintainer, but the batteries have worked very well so far.

Gary

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Re: GL 1800 Battery

Postby crock4 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:40 pm

I am posting this because I wanted to thank you folks for sharing your knowledge concerning batteries. That said I also wanted to own up to not being too bright about misdiagnosing the problem I had. When I started to have problems with the reverse function, and it started moving very slow or just clicking I ASSUMED the battery was going bad, and decided to replace it. After looking a little closer, checking voltages, and reading a little more in the forum I ran across a thread about adjusting the cables. Lo, and behold that was all that was wrong with it. I am thankful for this forum, and all the helpful information shared by everyone on it.

Bob


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