Klr 650 Battery

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by By-tor, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. By-tor

    By-tor remember 6/6/44

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    What battery should I get that will fit properly? Bike Bandit has some for around 85.00. :norton
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  2. tofire409

    tofire409 Geared up and ready.

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  3. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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  4. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    I bought my KLR in February, 2007, and one of the first things I did was put in one of these. It's been fantastic. You'll have to do some fiddling to get it to fit, but it's worth it.
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  5. JSPEED

    JSPEED 650 Strommer

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    The Deka ETX15L is the way to go.

    Fits perfectly, it's an AGM and it's affordable.

    Plus it has the best terminals I've ever seen.
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  6. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    I buy the Walmart specials, they are $34.99 out the door and I get at least 3 years reliable service out of them with maybe one or two fluid level checks (if I remember to check at all :D).

    Thanks
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  7. tbirdsp

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    No way would I use a regular lead/acid battery again. I cooked my OEM battery dry *twice* in 15 days on the Continental Divide ride:puke1 The second time it was a goner (luckily it died for good in my driveway).

    Get the Deka AGM and be done with it:clap
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  8. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    +1 with Bigger Al. My Odyssey has been in my A14 since 2005. Still going strong. (knocks on wood) And that is pretty rare for a battery in AZ.
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  9. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    How the hell did you manage that?

    Thanks
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  10. bman

    bman Been here awhile

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    On long rides my stock lead acid battery cooked off fluid regularly.
    Just had to keep an eye on it. One extra pain.
    AGM will solve that.
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  11. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    Funny, on the 2 KLRs I have owned, I have never had a problem. Yet.

    Did you modify the electrical system somehow? Add heated grips/ clothing / lights / something like that?

    Thansk
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  12. By-tor

    By-tor remember 6/6/44

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    I kind of shy away from the fluid batteries. I am a little anal about getting battery acid on things. When the temp. here gets into the upper 90's I woory about things. I might look into the Deka.
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  13. ROYAL COACHMAN

    ROYAL COACHMAN Been here awhile

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    I went to Batteries Plus and got the Permaseal AGM Extreme.
    $80.00 xta14ahl-bs

    I noticed that the bike know starts with more "zing" in the starter
    So far so good!
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  14. kdxkawboy

    kdxkawboy Mr. NVKLRGirl

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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.
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  15. tbirdsp

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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).
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  16. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    :D 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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  17. welder

    welder Long timer

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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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  18. tbirdsp

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    :nod
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  19. Twin headlight Ernie

    Twin headlight Ernie bar napkin engineering

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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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  20. Kevinhooa

    Kevinhooa Pitch pine slalom

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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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