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Old 07-01-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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Good place to buy a new battery

My Husky TE-250 needs a new battery. I buy motorcycle batteries so seldom I have no idea where the best place to get a new battery might be, or even if there is a best place. Any suggestions?

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Old 07-01-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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My favorite, long lasting, reasonably priced, US made powersports battery.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:16 PM   #3
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I have been VERY impressed by MotoBatt's batteries:

This should be the right one for your wee Hoosky, but please verify that:
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:54 PM   #4
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if you live by a cycle gear they offer lifetime warranty batteries there. i dont know how they do it though.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:30 PM   #5
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Be careful buying batteries online. Many batt sites make it look like you're buying a brand name battery but if you read the fine print you'll see the words "replacement for" and what you're actually buying is a generic substitute.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:04 PM   #6
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my last battery i bought was a Li-Ion from EarthX
he's also a vendor here. works very well>
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:11 PM   #7
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I went to batteries plus and they had 2 models for my bike... One with a 5 year warranty

Shops all over te place to swap if needed

Was only $85.00

I've tried several of the new fangled, lightweight must have, greater than anything batteries and they are all dead after a short time and cost a ton.

I'm sure some are better than others, but for the price, I'm ok with a heavier 5 year warrantied unit
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:33 PM   #8
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:19 AM   #9
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good prices and free Priority shipping
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:02 PM   #10
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Yep. Not kidding. They are AGM made my johnson controls and as good as anything out there for an AGM.

The key for any lead-acid battery is to keep it charged up - get a smart/trickle charger while you're in there. If the bike is gonna sit for more than a week or so put the charger on it. I hook mine up every couple of weeks if they're not being ridden. Batteries last me at least four or five years.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:11 PM   #11
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I've always ordered mine through Thumpertalk.
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:00 AM   #12
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Your Local Motorcycle Shop?

You might pay more than you would at Walmart or shopping on-line, but supporting local business can be worthwhile.

Sometimes people get so focused on paying the very least they can for a product they forget about the consequences of those decisions.

from the link above:

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In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.

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Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.

3. Local Decision-Making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

5. Job and Wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

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Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

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Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

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Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

9. Competition
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

10. Product Diversity
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices."

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"Countless communities, and peer-reviewed surveys across the country, all reach the same conclusion: When Walmart moves in, small businesses, and jobs, move out; Main St. dies."
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:17 AM   #13
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Support your local dealer please.

I use my local dealer whenever possible.

That way they will be there when you want to see the new bikes and not have to travel as far.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:42 AM   #14
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I think one of the main reason why brick and mortor shops are out of business and often cannot compete with mail order house is insurance and liability.

Brick and mortor shop has to carry insurance and can be sued - unlike the mysterious and unknown location of a mail order house that can even be operating overseas to avoid tax, liability and insurance.

To bring it back to the point of this post - if you bought a battery from a local shop and installed it yourself and the battery was defective which caused it to melt down the bike wiring - guess who pays for the repair or face a lawsuit, BBB case, or possibly a nasty reporter from the local station if they do not step up and take on liability? In the same scenario where you ordered the the same battery from a mail order house - you are SOL'd.

On a different note. If you purchase a battery, verify the born-on-date as the battery life starts the day it was activated. I generally recommend purchasing a pre-activated battery to ensure the freshness. Also have a float charger to top off a new battery to ensure maximum life and always keep the battery on a tender/float charger when not in sure for extended period.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:31 AM   #15
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B&M shops also have to carry a certain amount if inventory which ties up capital and requires floor space/storage which costs money. Many online vendors can ship from a distribution center or straight from a manufacturer to avoid those costs.
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