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post #1 of 14 Old 02-14-2011, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Need a new battery

I searched the archives and didn't see what I was lookin' for so...

Pretty sure I'm gonna buy a sealed battery. Called Batteries Plus today and they have one for $69. Their unsealed is $50.

Do I need to be terribly concerned with name brand on something that will last 4 years for 69 bucks?

Anything else I should consider?

Seems as simple as getting my teeth cleaned but I figured I'd ask anyway.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-14-2011, 07:06 PM
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I ride year 'round, and we have all four seasons here in Virginia, sometimes in spades. I wear heated jacket liner and heated gloves, that draw their power from the battery. Discharging these little motorcycle batteries hard a few times is like over feeding your gold fish.....they're gonna die. I bit the bullet a few years back and bought Odyssey batteries for everything I ride. One battery is seven years old, been run dead by the clock on a HD a number of times, once recharged, acts like it is new. Never have left me walking. Some report these batteries still going strong after ten years. The Odyssey 545 fits the KLR 650. Maybe overkill for your application. I run my laptop off the bike, my heated gear, cell phone / camera and have never been concerned about the bike starting. It would be hard to go back to a standard battery now.

Specs and a good price on 'em here:

http://www.sportsimportsltd.com/odys...l-battery.html

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Just wondering, does the Odyssey 545 fit the Gen II as well as the Gen I ?
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Yes, the Odyssey fits the Gen II bikes. This is the battery used on the USMC KLR 650 diesel. It's "Leatherneck Proof".

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Sweet thanks for the info vatrader, I'm going to order one right now. I've let my stock battery go dead a couple of times and it just doesn't seem to have the cranking power as before, Don't want to get stuck in the backwoods!
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The Odyssey battery will need to be mounted "on end", with the terminals pointing out to the left side of the bike, rather than pointed "up". I install them with the negative terminal to the bottom, because the negative cable is easy to reroute to gain the length to make the reach. A little whittling on the side cover to access the terminals.



This is an image of an Odyssey installed on a Gen II bike with a Dual Star mounting kit. Basically a longer pair of cables and a piece of Lexan. You can re-route the stock cables and trim the existing battery cover to accommodate. The cover is "bling".

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Heard nothing but good things about the Odyssey battery.

My '07's OEM battery failed after about 3 years (leaving the key in PARK a couple of weeks didn't increase its longevity); I sprung for the 2-year warrantied (I think) sealed Batteries Plus number.

So far, so good! Got a smaller number in my KLR250.

A quality battery like an Odyssey seems economical, in the long run; for goodness' sakes, look how long they last, how they can be amortized over their service life. If they save you from being dead-in-the-water even ONCE, they're worth twice the price.

One attraction for Batteries Plus was: In-stock, immediately available. Even though I ride a KLR (and thus, by definition, am frugal), I wouldn't say no to an Odyssey, were one available when I needed it.!
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trader,

As usual, you're a wealth of info and I do appreciate you sharing it.

Too many expenses coming due right now and I don't ride with all the gadgetry so I'll forego the Odyssey this time and consider it next time.



By the way, James Bond called. Muttered something about you making him look... simple.
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trader,

As usual, you're a wealth of info and I do appreciate you sharing it.

Too many expenses coming due right now and I don't ride with all the gadgetry so I'll forego the Odyssey this time and consider it next time.



By the way, James Bond called. Muttered something about you making him look... simple.

The Deka AGM battery is well regarded. Fits without adapting anything.

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Have you guys seen these yet?
http://www.fullspectrumpower.com/products_genesis.html

If you want to save a few pounds over those electronic bricks, these things are amazing (~800grams/1.70lbs). I keep one unplugged all winter and it cranks right up when it's time to ride. The net loss over time is something crazy like 1-2%. I'm finding out what his recommendation for the KLR is. Not sure how important saving weight is for you guys, but feel free to let me know if any of you are interested. I'm sure we can get under MSRP for forum members. Thanks!

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