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post #1 of 7 Old 05-05-2008, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Replacement Battery for an '87 KLR 650...

Hi there,

I've been trying to get some info on this and it's seemingly kind of tough to come by online (I just ordered the Haynes manual since the bike came with nothing when I picked it up)

I've read a bit about installing a "maintenance free" (MF) battery, which sounds a lot more like my speed versus checking on water levels and what not after I accidentally left a light on somehow (could have sworn I checked to make sure everything was off) and I accidentally drained the battery.

Is this an easy swap over? If so, is there a particular battery I should go for? I am a total newbie when it comes to motorcycles, so I'm just trying to figure out what is going to be simplest and low if not no maintenance path. Thanks in advance for the help!
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-05-2008, 11:19 AM
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I'm cheap, and Walmart sells a decent battery for the KLR for $43..

I pull it out in the spring to check water level, fill and put it back..

I replace it every 3-4 years.. Seems pretty low maintenance to me..
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-25-2009, 10:55 PM
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Walmark Stopped Selling MC Batteries Last Year

According to my local store, they got out of the business. Any alternatives for a low-cost replacement?
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-25-2009, 10:58 PM
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According to my local store, they got out of the business. Any alternatives for a low-cost replacement?
Try another Walmart.
I bought a battery for my snowmobile at my local store a month ago, and there were a bunch of batteries for motorcycles there, including one that fit my KLR.
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-26-2009, 12:59 PM
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NAPA and OReillys has maintnence free batts. Mine was about $70 exchange at Oreillys. One year replacement warranty.

Get the m/f. It's worth the extra.
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-27-2009, 12:37 PM
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Batteriesplus, not Wal-Mart, is the place to go!

OK, I checked all my local Wal-Mart stores, and all have stopped carrying motorcycle batteries.

But I went to batteriesplus.com and checked their store locator, and found they have a retail store near me. On the web site, there is also a printable 10%-off coupon, good until 3/31, for any in-stock item.

They have a sealed maintenance-free battery (1-year warranty) for $69.95 that is a drop-in fit for my KLR. I called to verify that the store accepted the coupon, so my final price should be $62.96 plus tax for the maintenance-free sealed battery! I'll pick it up after work today.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-27-2009, 01:06 PM
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Good deal. Be prepared for the core fee if you don't take in an old battery. We also have a "recycle" fee of a couple of dollars. Don't know if that's just Texas.
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