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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 12-04-2019, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Battery replacement

Anyone have any recommendations on battery replacement?
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 12-04-2019, 08:32 PM
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The lithium batteries can be hit or miss with the DCT. Some cause issues, some do not. There seems to be no reason why either.
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Original battery lasted just over four years so I replaced it with the same battery.
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Purchased a Li and works fine.
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I picked up an Antigravity ATZ10 last year after my stock battery finally died on me after work at 9PM, leaving me to spend the next 2 days after work pushing it almost 2.5 miles because I was too cheap to have it towed. The new lithium battery is definitely a nice upgrade over the stock with modest weight savings (though that doesn't really amount to much in the grand scheme of things), and the built-in starter function offers some piece of mind knowing if the battery does die on me, I will at least have enough power to get it moving until I can fully charge it.

However, here a couple of precautions regarding Li-Ion batteries:

1) You can't just use your existing battery tender/charger with it, as it was designed for lead/acid batteries like the stock battery, and they will damage your new LiIon. You will need to buy an appropriate charger/maintainer, which adds significant expense.

2) LiIon batteries hate cold weather (just ask anyone with a Nissan Leaf!), and I was reminded of that firsthand this week. I was late to work on Sunday because I had parked my bike outside my house as I usually do, having forgotten that we would have near-freezing cold & rain over the weekend that our area hasn't received in a while. When I went to start the bike in the early morning after a nice 3-day weekend, I couldn't get so much as a light to turn on. The cold weather had completely drained my battery over a couple of days, even though I had fully charged it after replacing a dead headlight earlier in the week.

That being said, I was able to put the battery's built-in jumpstart button to the test & get the bike moving again. After work, I still had enough charge to start the bike once more, go home, and get the battery fully charged in the safety of the garage.
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Yuasa has a pretty good reputation. Funnily enough, batteries plus' replacement gets really good reviews on forums and their website. I did recently have one Yuasa with a defect...next day replacement for what it's worth.
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Yuasa has a pretty good reputation. Funnily enough, batteries plus' replacement gets really good reviews on forums and their website. I did recently have one Yuasa with a defect...next day replacement for what it's worth.
+1 for Yuasa. Be sure to get an AGM, not sure if they make the regular lead/acid or not.
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Just like tires, windshields, oil, seats, helmets & the list goes on. Ask 10 people you'll get 10 different answers.....
Having said that, I've had great luck using the YUSA battery. I swapped out one 6yo because of it's age. 6yo one still sitting on the shelf, fully charged.
Dennis Kirk stands behind whatever they sell & their prices are good. Shipper dropped a battery & damaged the corner, send DK a pic, they had a new battery headed my way the same day. Sent me a shipping return label, shipper dropped off my new battery & took the damaged one. None deal.
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Unless you live and ride in the freezing cold, there is no sense of not getting a Li, with the prices of brand name standard batteries being almost the same. All 4 of my bikes have Li, I like Shorai, personally.

Having 4 bikes and each one getting about 2500mi a year, it is peace of mind I don’t have to deal with chargers.
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The Yuasa lasted me 6 yrs. and started the bike in 10 degree weather. So you know what I replaced it with.
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