Best Battery for a wing?


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Best Battery for a wing?

Postby TLC1800 » Sun May 04, 2014 11:36 pm



Is a battery by any other name still just a battery? Sounds basic I know but just got a goldwing and need to replace the battery. Given the electrical demands on board, is there a particular brand or type of battery that those of you who are long time Wingers have found to out last the others?



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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 05, 2014 9:54 am

I wouldn't use anything other than a quality, brand-name AGM battery. And put a Battery Tender on it when the bike is sitting in the garage. You'll have a battery that lasts for many years, and never leaves you stranded.

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby TLC1800 » Mon May 05, 2014 12:39 pm

Thanks for the response. Didn't really know about the different battery types until now.

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Mon May 05, 2014 5:52 pm

+1 on the AGM
Been using AGM in the last couple of Wings and both my atv's.
BTW The 1800 came with an AGM battery.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby MikeB » Mon May 05, 2014 10:57 pm

Here's an interesting website for batteries. I have not ordered from them so I can not vouch for their speed or accuracy with batteries. http://www.ebatteriestogo.com/Motorcycle_Batteries.htm?. If nothing else, there is a lot of information to read.
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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby keefer269 » Sat May 31, 2014 6:39 pm

Once upon a time I worked at a Reliable battery factory, 'Reliable' being their brand name of battery. At the same place they also made Delco, Die hard, Motorcraft, NGK, and several other top brand name batteries. The internals were all the same, the only difference was the plastic case and the name on the case. Don't fall for the sales pitch of a 8 or 10 year battery, none will ever last that long.

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby JerriEric » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:14 am

I replaced my OEM after 8 years. Still started ok but was going on a long 5k trip and did not want to have it go bad while on the road. I replaced with another YUASA.

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby harvey01 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:43 am

I would urge you to take some time and go to this site: http://www.yuasabatteries.com/literature.php

Once there download the 2014 Yuasa Technical Manual. This manual is chock full of info on batteries and their maintenance and charging.

It will probably answer questions you have not even thought of yet. Yes, Yuasa provides this to encourage us to buy their batteries but the info is still worth reading. Nice thing about downloading it, you can take it with you when you travel.
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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby jinx » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:00 am

I wouldn't hesitate to go with oem again . I ride all year round and put my bike on a battery tender. My oem was 6 years old when I replaced it. It was still good and strong but was heading out on a long cross country trip so replacement was just a precaution.

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby skidlid1800 » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:50 am

Had a Hawker Odyssey battery in my GL1000 for 12+ years. That thing was bullet proof, solid core battery. Not a hitch of problems...

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby Greytful » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:27 pm

keefer269 wrote:Once upon a time I worked at a Reliable battery factory, 'Reliable' being their brand name of battery. At the same place they also made Delco, Die hard, Motorcraft, NGK, and several other top brand name batteries. The internals were all the same, the only difference was the plastic case and the name on the case. Don't fall for the sales pitch of a 8 or 10 year battery, none will ever last that long.


I have had excellent service out of the Odyssey Battery. My 1988 Wing had a 11 year old Odyssey battery when I sold it. I also put one in my wife's 1994 SE in 2004 and it's still going strong. In November 2011 I put an Odyssey in my 2008 at 120K after the OEM battery didn't spin the starter as quickly as normal.

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby theback80 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:33 pm

While at Wing-Ding I say a lithium motorcycle battery that was as light as the cardboard box it came in. They are still too pricey for me to try, but the price is dropping quickly. Maybe by the time I'm ready for a new battery in a couple years they'll be affordable.

Have any of you tried them out?

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby MikeB » Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:03 pm

I think Boeing used them in the new 787 DreamLiner :P. That didn't go so well I've heard.
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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:07 pm

They are very light, but their life is fairly limited, and they are quite sensitive to temperature. Don't count on starting your bike if its colder than around 50 degrees or so. If it is, you will need to switch the ignition on, and let the headlight draw some power out of the battery for a minute or two. Drawing power from the battery warms it up, and allows it to then deliver the higher current required to crank the engine.

They might be great for racing bikes or sport bikes where every ounce matters, but for big, heavy tourers that depend on large amounts of current, and are often ridden in colder temperatures, they really aren't that good a fit.

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby theback80 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:59 pm

Thanks for the info on the Lithium batteries. The sales guy didn't mention any of down sides. Must have been in the fine print ;)

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby charliektm400exc » Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:18 pm

I've done a lot of reading on it and Lithium isn't that bad.

1 Bike batteries are a different chemistry to the sort of Lithium batteries that catch fire like the 787

2 Cold isn't that big a problem. Just run the starter for a couple of seconds, let it sit for 5 seconds and that's usually enough to warm them up to start.

3 Brilliant cranking performance

Now the downsides

1 Most/all Lithium vendors overrate the amp hours the battery put out, due to the difference in the way they work between lead and lithium.

2 Buy the highest performance lithium you can afford and will fit in your battery box.

3 If you have a bike with a low wattage output, not a problem for the Wing, and use heated clothing on short runs it's possible the battery won't fully recharge on the short ride after starting up

4 Will go from great performance to dead as if a switch has been flicked. No warning.

5 Don't play well with vehicles that have a constant drain when switched off, which is the bigy that rules them out for Wings

6 You need a special Lithium charger if you want to try and resurrect one from dead

7 A normal charger with a desulphate mode will ruin one beyond repair.

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby warski » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:00 pm

charliektm400exc wrote:I've done a lot of reading on it and Lithium isn't that bad.

1 Bike batteries are a different chemistry to the sort of Lithium batteries that catch fire like the 787

2 Cold isn't that big a problem. Just run the starter for a couple of seconds, let it sit for 5 seconds and that's usually enough to warm them up to start.

3 Brilliant cranking performance

Now the downsides

1 Most/all Lithium vendors overrate the amp hours the battery put out, due to the difference in the way they work between lead and lithium.

2 Buy the highest performance lithium you can afford and will fit in your battery box.

3 If you have a bike with a low wattage output, not a problem for the Wing, and use heated clothing on short runs it's possible the battery won't fully recharge on the short ride after starting up

4 Will go from great performance to dead as if a switch has been flicked. No warning.

5 Don't play well with vehicles that have a constant drain when switched off, which is the bigy that rules them out for Wings

6 You need a special Lithium charger if you want to try and resurrect one from dead

7 A normal charger with a desulphate mode will ruin one beyond repair.


All true...but...I put a brand new Yuasa (sold by Interstate Batteries) in my BMW F800GS. After 3 days it wouldn't start the bike. Interstate completed a load test on the battery and declared it good, wouldn't take it back or replace it. I installed a Shorai Lithium-Iron (not Ion) and the problem was cured. My wife rides her Rebel "occasionally". It has a Shorai Lithium-iron battery in it and can sit for a year without a charger and it will still start. I'm not sure what I'll do when the Wing needs a new battery but the Shorai batteries have been very good to me, faster cranking dependable power...

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby fmcastro » Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:20 pm

My original YUASA on my '02 GL1800 lasted over ten (10) years. I used the Battery Tender when not riding over 4 days. I replaced it with an AGM battery of 315 Cold Cranking Amps. It cranked really fast, however, only lasted three years. I just replaced it with a CHROME BATTERY YTX20L-BS. Cost: $46 Delivered (in 3 days!) 60 day refund, no questions, 18 Month Warranty. It really cranks my Wing fast! This is half the price of an AGM with a 90 day warranty. I would seriously recommend CHROME BATTERY.

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby charliektm400exc » Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:58 pm

With the BMW, I have read in my research, that there is a software fault that occasionally doesn't turn the elections off when you turn the key off, and there is enough drain to flatten the lithium batteries overnight.

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Re: Best Battery for a wing?

Postby chromebattery » Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:45 am

fmcastro wrote:My original YUASA on my '02 GL1800 lasted over ten (10) years. I used the Battery Tender when not riding over 4 days. I replaced it with an AGM battery of 315 Cold Cranking Amps. It cranked really fast, however, only lasted three years. I just replaced it with a CHROME BATTERY YTX20L-BS. Cost: $46 Delivered (in 3 days!) 60 day refund, no questions, 18 Month Warranty. It really cranks my Wing fast! This is half the price of an AGM with a 90 day warranty. I would seriously recommend CHROME BATTERY.


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