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post #1 of 6 Old 03-24-2014, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Battery information

This information was given to me by a chap at O Riley's parts store ,
When getting a new battery he said to charge it slowly and overnite to full capacity , said it will start the bike as is but will never reach full charge after the first start , rite or wrong I remembered 7 years ago the kaw battery went on a sat night , wal mart had one a $34 special so I figured it would get me out the next day or maybe a few months . Well 7 years later it's still fine or was when I shut it down last year ,we will find out ,hope this helps someone
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-24-2014, 09:03 AM
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I would imagine more than a few people buy an off-the-shelf lead acid battery and throw it in their motorcycle and expect the motorcycle's charging system will take care of the rest.

LA batteries are weird. 2 guys could go into a store and buy the 2 batteries right next to each other off the shelf, do the initial charge and maintain them in the exact same manner under the same usage conditions and one of those batteries will last 7 years like yours did and the other will last 3 years.

I'm still using lead-acid batteries but I never buy a "ready to go" one off the rack. I always get a brand new one in the box and fill it and do the initial charge myself.

I've never worked in a store where ready-to-go batteries are prepped and put on the rack, but I seriously doubt they take the time to do it right.

A new battery in the box will clearly state in no uncertain terms that if you don't do a trickle charge to full capacity before you use it, the life expectancy of the battery will be a great deal shortened.

The last battery I bought stated an estimated 16 hours initial charging time, but with my Battery Tender, it took over 24 hours before I got a steady green light.

Aside from not doing a full initial charge, about the worst thing you can do to a lead acid battery is let the cells get low on acid/water. You can refill them and the battery will keep chugging along, but the damage has been done and its life will be shortened even more.

I'm a tad mentally disturbed in that I consider maintaining a lead-acid battery to be part of the allure of maintaining a motorcycle in general.

I would add that if I made more trips/rides where the operation of the battery is crucial, I would probably go with a sealed gel-type battery because they're more dependable.

In a nutshell, I would say the guy at O'Reilly's knows what he's talking about.



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post #3 of 6 Old 03-27-2014, 12:27 AM
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I just bought a 30 dollar tusk battery from Rocky Mountain ATV to replace the 8 year old stock. Works great.

In my experience batteries with little life left will give you indicators of trouble before leaving you stranded.

Plus I'm usually in town, so a 100-200 dollar battery ain't worth it to me.

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Never heard of tusk but wish you the best with it ,I buy 1 maybe 2 batteries a year for different uses and find delco works best for me ,But after all my years and many purchases ,I did discover batteries are female ! Enough said !!
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Never heard of tusk but wish you the best with it ,I buy 1 maybe 2 batteries a year for different uses and find delco works best for me ,But after all my years and many purchases ,I did discover batteries are female ! Enough said !!
Yeah, you're probably right. Tusk makes a bunch of inexpensive universal parts. This is the first operationally critical part I've used from them. I have aluminum hand guards, aluminum handlebars (~$35 bucks! Combined with my hand guards Survived an asphalt tip over with no bending!), Motorcycle Mitts...just little things like that. I've always been impressed with the quality of stuff I get from them, so I took a shot on the Battery. We shall see about longevity.

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-30-2014, 01:16 AM
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Bought a trickle charger for pretty cheap a long time ago and it's still going strong. I recommend it!
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