Need a new battery, AGM or regular lead acid?


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Need a new battery, AGM or regular lead acid?

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The Aspy needs a new battery. The previous owner had an AGM in it. It's my understanding the AGM's draw a little more from the charging system, so with the stator issues these tend to have would it make more sense to return to a standard battery? I may be overthinking this, but I want this right the first time. I plan on bringing it into the shop shortly and finish its prep for Summer, so while it's there, we'll change the main fuse to a blade style, solder the stator wires, and give her a good fluff and buff.


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Re: Need a new battery, AGM or regular lead acid?

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I would definitely go with an AGM. They are superior to flooded-cell lead acid batteries in almost every way.

AGM batteries do not "draw more" from your electrical system. When you use the battery to start the bike, it uses up some of the charge. When your bike runs, it replenishes the charge in the battery with whatever excess power it can provide left over after running the bike.

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Thing I like about AGM batteries they dont boil over and get acid on your paint. They dont corrode the battery box /area. :o
I got another Westco AGM Battery for the Wing. Just replaced (Westco) one in my 2003 BMW still good but was 5 yrs old.

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i choose GEL battery.this is awesome !!recommended

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i choose GEL battery.this is awesome !!recommended

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Re: Need a new battery, AGM or regular lead acid?

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The AGM is a good bet, same with gel. If your bike ever tips over, you won't lose fluid and get it all over your bike.

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AGM it is then. In days gone by I would have thrown something in and not given it a thought. As I've gotten older, it seems like I question a little more, research a little more, and pinch the penny when I can. That and having been off a bike for a while, I want to make a proper return. Thanks everyone.
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Re: Need a new battery, AGM or regular lead acid?

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Both the 1200 and 1500 had flooded water-acid types, soon as they died I got an AGM. For those pinching pennies, I went to the local Voltex store (nothing but batteries), to get an AGM. The guy at the counter gave me a choice of a first or second. The only difference between the first and second is that, the second didn't pass the pressure test on the first try. The caps are removed and epoxied in place, and re-tested and passes the pressure test. The first is about $90-100, and the second is less than $50. Never had a bit of trouble out of the AGM. Don't have to check water levels, no worries on any spills. You just have to, from time to time, be sure the terminals are tight and clean, as with any battery. About to buy another AGM for the 1200, since it lasted 9 years, I'm convinced. A little research into AGMs, they typically last 5 to 8 years, and they tend to hold up better in winter conditions. I have a limit on how cold I ride (down to 23°F). Good gear and only 7 miles to work, and nothing heated. Below that the lady goes in the garage till the temp goes back up over 23°F. Only thing about them is that through the winter of non-riding, you have to one of two things: 1) disconnect the battery, or 2) put trickle charger on. Hope that helps with your decision.


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