Got my Shorai LFX14L5-BS12 installed. It came out of the box with 13.23 volts charge. I put it on my battery tender and carefully monitored it for about 15-20 minutes. When it was showing over 14 volts I disconnected it. I also scale verified that it was about 8.5 pounds less than the Interstate lead acid it replaced. The actual case is smaller than stock so I added several pieces of the lightweight adhesive foam to keep it nicely cushioned and snug. Time to ride.
It’s amazing. The bike leaps to life, rails like a KX125 in the corners now and wheelies down the straights in 4th gear!!!
I can hardly keep the tire on the ground.
Don’t you hate how people inflate their gains when upgrading? In all seriousness the headlights seem brighter and cranks quicker but could be because of my old battery was dying. To me, between the battery, pipe, led signals and tail light, KXF fenders, removing a large bag of useless crap etc the bike doesn’t feel so ponderous when I lift it off the stand, move it in the garage, turning transitions etc. it also pulls the front wheel easier on rises and seems almost enjoyable in the woods with perfect conditions.
Was it worth $150 for a battery? That’s up to you to decide. If it’s a garage queen or you just like a sedate cruise up a country road probably not. If you’re like me and ride varying conditions, off road and like a fun supermoto like rear slide now and then absolutely worth it. gonna try to weigh it on a truck scale verified by comparing my own body weight to see where it actually weighs in now. I’m guessing all together close to 20+ pounds off with most of that up high where it makes the most effect. I do have a large bag of useless stock KLR crap that neither I nor the next owner will probably use.
Last edited by EricZ; 08-31-2019 at 11:31 AM.