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Old January 30th @ 06:18 pm   #1
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: CBR 1000rr/600f4i
Looks like its time to replace the battery in my CBR 1000rr. I noticed that my bike was getting harder and harder to start and today the battery finally died and was not able to generate enough power to turn the bike over. I always have a battery tender on the battery when not in use, but the battery is around 5 years old. I usually just purchase the Yuasa replacement battery, but this time I think I may try a different brand. I just have a few questions and would like some opinions from the SCS community.

1. What is the average life span of a motorcycle battery?

2. What is the most important thing you look for in a replacement battery?

3. Any battery brand recommendations?

Thanks in advance for the tips and recommendations I'm sure to receive!

 
 
Old January 30th @ 07:12 pm   #2
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From: Las Vegas, NV

Motorcycle: GSXR-750
I am lucky if i get a year and a half on my bike batterey. Ive tried 3 diff brands...go with whatever is in your price range..


However. My next battery will be one of the shorai batteries.

This is from pats facebook..

Welcome to Facebook
 
 
Old January 30th @ 07:57 pm   #3
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From: Tatooine

Motorcycle: a jet
Lithium Iron Phosphate or LiFePO4 is the way to go.
 
 
Old January 30th @ 07:59 pm   #4
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From: SO*WEST

Motorcycle: 2005 Honda 600 RR
I really luck out... I'm the original owner of the bike... Pick it up in mid 2005 with 1 mile on the clock... Battery died in mid 2010... As of now, the clock has 29,959... Oh, and still do not own a battery tender...
 
 
Old January 30th @ 08:18 pm   #5
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: CBR 1000rr/600f4i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Pheer View Post
Lithium Iron Phosphate or LiFePO4 is the way to go.
So thats pretty much the same battery Pat is talking about on his FB page right? From looking at the Shoari website, here are the specs for what my bike would require:

Specifications
Voltage (V):12A/Hr PbEq:14
Cranking CCA (A):210Weight (grams):730.00
Weight (lbs.):1.61
Max Charge (A):14
Cost of Battery: $153.95

That cost is around double for what I've found with regular batteries. PowerSource makes a battery for about $80 with the following specs:

8.6 AH
CCA 225
Weight 8 Lbs

The weight factor really isn't that important to me, but I would like a battery that lasts more than a few years.

Last edited by RisingPhoenix; January 31st at 04:26 am.
 
 
Old January 30th @ 08:56 pm   #6
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From: Tatooine

Motorcycle: a jet
Quote:
Originally Posted by RisingPhoenix View Post
So thats pretty much the same battery Pat is talking about on his FB page right?
I dont know, I get this when I click that link:
The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.

As for the honda cam chain tensioner, had that problem on a F4i, replaced it with a manual tensioner, then sold the bike. Didnt have any more problems with it :)
 
 
Old January 31st @ 12:15 pm   #7
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From: BOISE IDAHO

Motorcycle: YAMAHA '06 FZ6, 2000 XT 225
I recommend getting the Cycle Gear Battery. It comes with a Lifetime Guarantee. If it fails, or does not hold a charge anymore, they will replace it for free.

It's not the cheapest battery out there, but with my discount, it wasn't too bad. Mine is still going strong at two years, no battery tender.
 
 
Old January 31st @ 12:54 pm   #8
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: 2001 ZRX1200R, 2005 Hyosung GT650S Track Bike
The Lithium Iron batteries weight about 1/5 of what a lead acid battery does. They last 2 to 4 times longer.

I think 153.95 is a list price. Shop around. The 14 amp hour batteries should be about 130.00
 
 
Old January 31st @ 03:15 pm   #9
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From: Vegas

Motorcycle: 07 GSXR 750
My R6 had over 30k miles when I sold it *original batt*
My GSXR 1K had 15k when I sold it *original batt*
My current GSXR just turned 10k *original batt*

I've been very lucky when it comes to batteries but if and when it goes
I would go with the one that offers the best warranty and is the lightest
Sounds like the Lithium Iron battery is pretty good may you can buy it from Cycle gear?
 
 
Old January 31st @ 03:26 pm   #10
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From: Las Vegas[Summerlin]
Quote:
Originally Posted by RisingPhoenix View Post
Looks like its time to replace the battery in my CBR 1000rr. I noticed that my bike was getting harder and harder to start and today the battery finally died and was not able to generate enough power to turn the bike over. I always have a battery tender on the battery when not in use, but the battery is around 5 years old. I usually just purchase the Yuasa replacement battery, but this time I think I may try a different brand. I just have a few questions and would like some opinions from the SCS community.

1. What is the average life span of a motorcycle battery?

2. What is the most important thing you look for in a replacement battery?

3. Any battery brand recommendations?

Thanks in advance for the tips and recommendations I'm sure to receive!
1- Varies. Depends on age of battery, average ambient temperature, discharge cycles, load, peak loads, etc...

But, my 6r has original battery and has 40k miles(almost 3 years), the cruiser has the original battery and has about 20k+ miles (almost 4 years).

In general, they seem to last 2-5 years.

2- Good price, good longevity, compatibility.

3- Find out what OEM uses and get that. They should last the longest.
After-market ones just aren't that good.
That Lithium Iron technology does look promising though (I haven't tried that myself). (Not to be confused with Lithium Ion)
 
 

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