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post #1 of 22 Old 11-02-2015, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
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I need a battery recommendation

I will be leaving my motorcycle in storage for a few months up to a year. My current lead acid battery is junk, won't hold a charge after sitting for a couple weeks, and is leaking a little. I don't need a $200 battery but I was looking at either a gel YTZ10S from ebay $35 or a lithium Ballistic 8 cell $160. I do like how the lithium batteries in the power tools I have last for months without use, and seem to have not lost any charge. And I don't have any experience with gel batteries. I don't know how often the bike will be started when it is in storage and I can't keep a tender on the battery.

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Oops, forgive me. My reply was to another thread.

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I have had this guy for a couple of months and have no complaints what so ever. Bike starts almost instantly after you hit the start button.


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I have had one of these for 52K miles and still going strong. Could just be pure luck, but I would buy again

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I'd suggest pulling the battery, coating the cable ends with vaseline or dielectric grease to prevent them from corroding while the battery's out, and buying the replacement battery only when you're ready to come back to it. Failing that, don't put the new battery in the bike, keep it inside and put the new battery on a tender inside in some convenient location.

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I'd suggest pulling the battery, coating the cable ends with vaseline or dielectric grease to prevent them from corroding while the battery's out, and buying the replacement battery only when you're ready to come back to it. Failing that, don't put the new battery in the bike, keep it inside and put the new battery on a tender inside in some convenient location.
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I've been using a cheap ytz10s from eBay for two years without issues

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I'd suggest pulling the battery, coating the cable ends with vaseline or dielectric grease to prevent them from corroding while the battery's out, and buying the replacement battery only when you're ready to come back to it. Failing that, don't put the new battery in the bike, keep it inside and put the new battery on a tender inside in some convenient location.
^THIS^. The only thing a battery can do in a bike that is sitting is go bad. Get a decent battery when you are ready to ride again.

And I would recommend staying away from cheap batteries. I had one nearly explode in my Buell after just 2 weeks of use. It swelled up a while bunch and got REALLY hot. And when I bought the 599 it had a cheap Bikemaster AGM in it that wouldn't hold a charge for anything. I won't buy anything but Yuasa from now on.

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I did want to have the bike started to keep everything fresh and warmed up so the liquids don't accumulate moisture. I will be keeping the bike at a buddy's, so he can start it up once in a while, I just don't know the frequency as to when this will be done. So I would like to keep a battery in the bike. Some research I've done mentions the longevity of lithium batteries, but with some cautions during jumping/charging/trickle charging. Basically stay away from trickle chargers that have a desulfation function or you will have a chance at lighting that flame under your ass.

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I did want to have the bike started to keep everything fresh and warmed up so the liquids don't accumulate moisture. I will be keeping the bike at a buddy's, so he can start it up once in a while, I just don't know the frequency as to when this will be done. So I would like to keep a battery in the bike. Some research I've done mentions the longevity of lithium batteries, but with some cautions during jumping/charging/trickle charging. Basically stay away from trickle chargers that have a desulfation function or you will have a chance at lighting that flame under your ass.
Unless your buddy is going to be RIDING the bike and getting it good and hot, I would recommend against the occasional "start-up." If you put good fuel stabilizer in it, it should start right up after a year.

You definitely want to get the oil up to full operating temp every time you start the bike. Not doing so circulates a lot of acids, un-burnt gas, and condensation through your motor, which is WAY worse for the aluminum than just letting it sit.

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Unless your buddy is going to be RIDING the bike and getting it good and hot, I would recommend against the occasional "start-up." If you put good fuel stabilizer in it, it should start right up after a year.

You definitely want to get the oil up to full operating temp every time you start the bike. Not doing so circulates a lot of acids, un-burnt gas, and condensation through your motor, which is WAY worse for the aluminum than just letting it sit.
I've warmed up the bike until the fan turned on, using that as verification that everything was at operating temperature.

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I've warmed up the bike until the fan turned on, using that as verification that everything was at operating temperature.
That's definitely good and hot on a 919. How long does that take at idle?

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I'm not sure because I usually leave it and go do something else before coming back to the bike. I'll rev it a bit, keep the rpms at a steady low and a steady high, then let it idle.

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Buy some heated gear. Problem solved..

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I'm going into the Air Force and I'm pretty sure I won't be allowed to ride my motorcycle during tech school or have time for it.

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I have had one of these for 52K miles and still going strong. Could just be pure luck, but I would buy again

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I ordered this same battery online from same source on Friday and it was on my door step the very next day. BM's ad said original price: $147.99 on sale for $54.95 with free shipping. Unless this battery turns out to be short-lived, I'm thinking I got a pretty good deal.

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There's an ac Delco on Amazon for a direct replacement of the original. Sometimes on sale for less but at ~$50 it's a great deal. Acid comes separate so shelf life is great.

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I ordered this same battery online from same source on Friday and it was on my door step the very next day. BM's ad said original price: $147.99 on sale for $54.95 with free shipping. Unless this battery turns out to be short-lived, I'm thinking I got a pretty good deal.
I think I ended up getting 60K miles out of that battery. I am on a $29 AC Delco now, but will most likely get another of these in the next year to have a spare on the shelf. Hope you have good luck with yours too!

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I spent 45 bucks on a batteryminder 1510 and it has brought 4 batteries back from the dead to work again. One was at 2 volts and I couldn't get it to charge with anything else.

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I think I ended up getting 60K miles out of that battery. I am on a $29 AC Delco now, but will most likely get another of these in the next year to have a spare on the shelf. Hope you have good luck with yours too!
Yea Mike, me too. Is the AC Delco an AGM or a flooded type? Either way, it sounds like a great deal if you get decent life out of it.

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Yea Mike, me too. Is the AC Delco an AGM or a flooded type? Either way, it sounds like a great deal if you get decent life out of it.
I think its a flooded type. You have to add the acid to it, which was really easy to do and the bike fired right up with no charging needed. Still a little uneasy, maybe because of the price. No worries though. I like to keep a backup on the shelf anyway.

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