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Old 03-31-2010, 03:29 PM   #16
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The wife has an Odyssey in her KLR and I am completely impressed. No mater how long the bike has been sitting it always cranks over and it has been in her bike going on 6 years. When the current old tech battery dies in mine I will put an Odyssey in my bike as well.
It was your sweetie who showed me on her bike how the Odyssey would fit in a KLR! Tell her Joe said howdy!
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:43 PM   #17
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Odessey batteries are a pain as you have to extend the battery cables and mount the battery on its side. just get a agm replament and be done with it. no mods,no fluid to check. its just easy.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:53 PM   #18
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just get a agm replament and be done with it. no mods,no fluid to check. its just easy.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:55 PM   #19
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I'm suprised that guys are cooking a KLR battery. I have a FJ that I have to keep a eye on but my KLR has never been a issue. I use the cheap walmart battery too and get four years out of them at least. I have five bikes and use the same model YB14LA2 in all of them. I downgrade the oldest battery to my kickstart bike. Ernie
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:14 PM   #20
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Deka worked (and has been working) well for me. No way I'm going to worry about filling up a battery with distilled water on a trip. Especially without a kickstart.
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:16 PM   #21
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Well - riding consecutive long days at high temps (July), low humidity (NM desert), high rpm (14 t sprocket on front). I had to refill it once in the middle of the trip then it was dry again when I got home.

Stock electrical system with no extras except a GPS ( hardly any draw).
You've got other problems, I reckon.

I live in Riverside, it gets over 100 regularly all Summer long, I've ridden lots and lots of miles in the heat, I run a 14t sprocket, too, and every time my battery has needed replacing, it has been from sitting in my garage at home.

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Deka worked (and has been working) well for me. No way I'm going to worry about filling up a battery with distilled water on a trip. Especially without a kickstart.
I'm sorry, but it's a total non-issue.

Rode to Baja a couple of times in the heat, Utah half a dozen times in the hotter heat, and a couple of times to Mammoth, once in the hottest heat of all hotness through Death Valley, never a battery problem.

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Old 03-31-2010, 05:17 PM   #22
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I'm suprised that guys are cooking a KLR battery. I have a FJ that I have to keep a eye on but my KLR has never been a issue. I use the cheap walmart battery too and get four years out of them at least. I have five bikes and use the same model YB14LA2 in all of them. I downgrade the oldest battery to my kickstart bike. Ernie


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I slapped a new battery in the GS 1100 E I had for sale, same as the KLR battery.

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Old 03-31-2010, 05:18 PM   #23
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Three years on this one Odyssey and never, ever an issue of any kind. Being a deep cycle it starts easier, charges stronger and runs add on's easily.
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:21 PM   #24
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In all honesty, KLRs are pretty easy on batteries. The motor spins over very easily, they are low compression, and they even have the KACR to assist in starting.

A replacement battery would be way down near the bottom of the list of stuff a new KLR needs in my book.

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Old 03-31-2010, 06:41 PM   #25
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A replacement battery would be way down near the bottom of the list of stuff a new KLR needs in my book.
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Another happy Odyssey user here. Extending the wire is easy, and the bullet-proof battery is great.

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Old 03-31-2010, 09:03 PM   #26
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It was your sweetie who showed me on her bike how the Odyssey would fit in a KLR! Tell her Joe said howdy!
She remembers and says howdy back.

How hard can it be to install an Odyssey? With minimal mechanical background or experience my wife figured it out. While the old tech lead/acid batteries are easy to maintain and they are inexpensive and the KLR does use a common enough unit, I've had too many fail internally at the most inopportune times, like as the sun is going down and I'm halfway across the Lolo Motorway with no viable headlight and needing to bump start.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:50 PM   #27
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You've got other problems, I reckon.

I'm sorry, but it's a total non-issue.

Rode to Baja a couple of times in the heat, Utah half a dozen times in the hotter heat, and a couple of times to Mammoth, once in the hottest heat of all hotness through Death Valley, never a battery problem.

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I don't know what to tell you - There's nothing wrong with my bike. How many other guys in this thread have reported the same thing? And it's certainly an issue if you've ever had to download all of your gear in the middle of a 15-day trip, remove side panels, seat, and battery, and spit bottled water into the fucker through a drinking straw in the parking lot of a convenience store.

A decent replacement battery would be way up near the top of my list of stuff a new KLR needs.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:52 PM   #28
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She remembers and says howdy back.

How hard can it be to install an Odyssey? With minimal mechanical background or experience my wife figured it out. While the old tech lead/acid batteries are easy to maintain and they are inexpensive and the KLR does use a common enough unit, I've had too many fail internally at the most inopportune times, like as the sun is going down and I'm halfway across the Lolo Motorway with no viable headlight and needing to bump start.
The Deka AGM battery is pretty high tech, only half the price, works great, and is a direct bolt in.
http://www.eastpenn-deka.com/assets/base/0278.pdf
No brainer for me
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:20 AM   #29
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This is probably the best motorcycle battery I have ever bought. Cranks the engine faster and holds a charge longer than any others I've tried. Here is the right one for the KLR. $66.95 with free shipping.
DEKA PowerSport Battery (ETX15L)
http://www.tristatebattery.com/produ...roducts_id=977

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Old 04-01-2010, 08:52 AM   #30
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The Deka AGM battery is pretty high tech, only half the price, works great, and is a direct bolt in.
http://www.eastpenn-deka.com/assets/base/0278.pdf
No brainer for me
Deka only offers a 1 year unlimited warraty (2nd year pro rated) while Odyssey offers a 2 year unlimited warranty on their product. Best I can tell on searching the web is that Odyssey has the better reputation for quality products. For my experience and pocket book I'd rather spend a bit more and get the Odyssey.
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