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post #1 of 21 Old 05-05-2010, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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battery type lead acid?

hello everyone, first time here. Is the KLR battery a lead acid battery? its not a gel or other type is it? (not electrically inclined...) THANKS!
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The stock battery is a lead-acid battery with caps and vents. It requires fairly frequent maintenance. The electrolyte requires topping off. Mine lasted about a year before I needed to replace it.

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thanks a lot tom!
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My stock battery never worked well from day one! I tested it many times and it tested fine but it just didn’t have the kick to always start a cold bike. After almost three seasons I finally broke down and bought a new battery and installed a battery tender. This one seems to have more reserve for those cold starts.

I guess it’s an acid battery since I had to add the acid to the battery and then allow it to charge before I installed it. I still have the box. I’ll have to check.
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I don't know how the gen 2 bikes are, but the gen 1 bikes tend to cook batterys.. You need to pull them out at least once a year (more if you're riding more than 6 months a year) and top them off as Tim mentioned.

One of my co-workers had a battery that was going weaker and weaker, until it wouldn't start. He called up and asked where to get a new battery?? I asked him if he'd checked it for electrolite level (simple things first)??

The battery was almost bone dry!! He filled it with what he had, being tap water, and the stupid thing's been fine ever since!! Some people get all the luck!! (says the guy who bought a battery for his KLR last week)
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I think where the battery is located that it probably gets too warm. I find that I have (had) to remove and fill mine about every six weeks. I say had because I replaced it with an AGM battery this year. I got six seasons out of it so not too bad. I also replaced my qua battery since I was ordering batteries. It still had the original at 13 years old and still working.

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Wow that was more response than a guy could ask for! Answered my Q, plus more insight. Thanks guys.

BTW, what is an AGM battery?, and what is a gel battery?
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Wow that was more response than a guy could ask for! Answered my Q, plus more insight. Thanks guys.

BTW, what is an AGM battery?, and what is a gel battery?
To start with, they are about twice as expensive as an ordinary battery.

An "ordinary" battery is called a wet cell - the electrloyte is a fluid (sulfuric acid). As a fluid, it has a greater tendancy to lose volume, so you have to add water to make up for the lost volume. A completely sealed wet cell can be maintenance free.

An AGM (absorbed glass mat) has a different construction where the electrolyte is suspended between the plates in a fiberglass mat-like material.

A gel cell has silicates added to the electrolyte to turn it into a gel.

Both have less tendancy to lose electrolyte and to self-discharge.

Both are maintenance free batteries. Both may require special charging to avoid overcharging voltages.

The AGM battery is kinda the gold standard for motorcycles, especially one like the KLR where the battery gets cooked and getting the thing out to maintain it is a bit of a pain.

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thanks tom, totally answers my question
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thanks tom, totally answers my question
OK, so are you having battery problems on the KLR? Enquiring minds want to know!

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