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Old 01-04-2013, 05:49 AM   #1
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Can someone please recommend a good motorbike battery?

My Kymco GV 250 takes a 12-BS battery. About three years ago, the battery it came with went bad and had to be replaced. I got an Autocraft battery. When that battery went bad two years ago, I replaced it with another Autocraft. When that one went bad a year ago, I replaced it with another Autocraft and made a habit of putting it on my Schumacher SE-1-12S 1.5 Amp Slow Charge/Maintainer once a month until the "charged" light comes on to make sure it stayed charged.

Usually, the "charged" light comes on almost right away and stays on, indicating that the bike's system is doing a good job of keeping the battery charged. This time, the "charged" light was coming on for 5 seconds, out for one second, repeat. I left the charger on for several hours. No change. To rule out a problem with the charger, I plugged the charger into my car (it also needs it once a month as it's only driven 2-3 times a month) to rule out a problem with the charger. Once that battery was fully charged, the "charged" light stayed on. I connected it to my bike and got the same on/off pattern as before.

The instructions that came with the charger say that the "charged" light being on means voltage is approximately 14 volts and charging has stopped. Off means battery voltage has dropped one volt and charging has resumed. That can only mean that my battery is going bad again.

Being as Autocraft has had such a poor record of going bad about once a year, I don't want to get that brand again. So I need to know what's a good brand that's not terribly expensive that can be had from my local Autozone or Advance Auto? I want to go ahead and get one and have it on hand for when the present battery does give out. Increase in quality being proportional to increase in price is important. For example, Autocraft costs me about $60, so if I were to pay $90 for a battery, I'd expect a life of at least 18 months, minimum.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:51 AM   #2
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Yuasa or nothing. cant you order from amazon?
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:34 AM   #3
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Yuasa or nothing. cant you order from amazon?
this..big boar battery puts their sticker over them and sell them for a $100.00 mark up . great product
look up big boar products and see what they sell their batteries for..LOL they use yuasa
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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Yuasa is the only motorcycle battery I will spend my money on. The original Yuasa battery in my wifes 2004 ATV is still going and it gets used very rarely.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:59 PM   #5
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Try here..........http://www.batterystuff.com/batterie...FUxxQgod2lEANg
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:40 PM   #6
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VERY high quality AGM battery, US made, reasonably priced. http://www.dekabatteries.com/default.aspx?pageid=510
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:57 PM   #7
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Yuasa or nothing. cant you order from amazon?
Good idea, thanx for the suggestion! I was thinking buy from a local store to avoid shipping, but looking on Amazon, I found a Yuasa for a price plus shipping that's about what I'd pay buying locally.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:02 AM   #8
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Good idea, thanx for the suggestion! I was thinking buy from a local store to avoid shipping, but looking on Amazon, I found a Yuasa for a price plus shipping that's about what I'd pay buying locally.
If the price is the same, buy local. If you need added incentive just consider the hassle of returning the mail order battery if for any reason it fails during the warranty period.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:09 AM   #9
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If the price is the same, buy local. If you need added incentive just consider the hassle of returning the mail order battery if for any reason it fails during the warranty period.
I thought of that too, but noplace in my area sells Yuasa.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:44 AM   #10
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Westco

www.westcobattery.com

Have several and they've been every bit as good as any Yuasa.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:17 AM   #11
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Our local O'Reilly Auto Parts sells re-badged Deka batteries.

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:29 AM   #12
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Deka batteries are the only ones that I use to start big inch Harley engines consistently. When I say big I don't mean piddley little 103" C.I. things either.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:58 AM   #13
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Deka batteries are the only ones that I use to start big inch Harley engines consistently. When I say big I don't mean piddley little 103" C.I. things either.
Will keep that in mind, thanx!

I'm curious, how big?
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:48 AM   #14
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Yes!

and they are available from Advance Auto as the "magna power" powersports batteries.

retailmenot.com for advance auto coupons even, usually gets $30 or so off the price



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VERY high quality AGM battery, US made, reasonably priced. http://www.dekabatteries.com/default.aspx?pageid=510
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:53 AM   #15
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I even did the cross reference work for you.

order an etx12L instead if you want the pos/neg terminals on opposite sides.

take a meter with you, make sure the battery is charged when purchased

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