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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by By-tor, Mar 31, 2010.
.. lol .. very true ..
Whats your opinion on Shorai batteries, anyone used one? im tweeking my 2012 KLR for a trip down to south america with lots of gadgets sucking power so basicly I want the best battery and I dont mind paying alittle more for it. from what some of my mechanic buddies have told me this is what all the guys with the 1200gs are using for all thier toys so it seems like a logical choice? thoughts?
I have an LiFe battery and so far it was a great purchase. You save about 10 lbs., it can be mounted in any position and has more CCA. There is basically no storage though. If you are one with gadgets galore on your bike and run them without relying on the stator, it is not for you. They also are very particular on charging voltage. They state you cannot use a standard charger but properly installed and a healthy charging system it should give 10 years of trouble free service (as stated by their rep.)
any Aussie riders on here?
My KLR battery went dry from no maintenance over a 9 month layaway in very high temps in a metal building. ( friends were supposed to ride it etc )
Even the fuel cooked out of the tank.
Bike started and ran fine once it had juice but needs a new battery - suspect it was the original from 2004 anyway.
Inclined to cheap since I only ride 3 months of the year but would prefer sealed.
Got any sources thanks.... 2004 KLR 650
I would NOT put a Deka AGM battery in my KLR. Deka recommends far lower charging voltage than my KLR provides.
The Technical Manual from Deka is here: http://www.dekabatteries.com/assets/base/0139.pdf. The bottom of page 11 has the charging voltage for Deka AGM batteries. For 60F to 70F the chart says float voltage should be under 13.85V. At 80F the float voltage should be under 13.5V.
The initiial charge from my KLR is well within the specification, but after running for a while the charge voltage is far higher than the Deka spec. (The Technical Manual has a section about how too-high voltage damages their batteries.)
I have a Deka ETX15L in my '75 CB750 where I could turn down the charging voltage. I considered swapping with my KLR, but the information from Deka nixed that idea. I still use the flooded battery that came in my KLR and I replace the boiled-off water. (I use a large syringe to get water in those small holes.)
I was very unhappy with a deka I tried a few years ago. After about one to two hours of charging my gps off the electrical system it would blow the 1-2 amp fuse in the charger. Swapped the battery for an odyssey when the deka died, and problem solved!
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Just ordered a DEKA for my old KLR. My OEM battery is starting to show its age and its cranking slow this winter so for under $70.00 I figured why the heck not!? Heres hoping its like night and day! (I dont even have a cig charger on my bike so that sorta stuff isnt an issue though I wouldnt mind having at least one - I just dont have the know how.)
Has anyone else had their bank account compromised over ordering one of these batteries? I had ordered some parts from different places for a trip to california. I figured I would order some parts Id need for my bike. Battery was on top of the list. I saw this thread and ordered it a couple days ago. I realized when got to the tri state website said it had certificate warning. something about it wasn't a trusted website. I continued anyway ordering the thing thinking that the website just didn't request google chromes permission. 10 days later the battery showed up on time. I charged it bit put it in my klr and its been awesome since. But I get to work after putting my bike tire in performance cycle and check my bank account and all of a sudden the 700 I had saved for the trip was gone. Now I'm not blaming the tristate people. I've never had fraud. Its just that its the only website that I bought stuff from that didnt have the proper certification with chrome.
Old Thread Alert.
I need the battery out* of my KLR so I want a new battery to put in it.
For my KLR I'm looking at Odyssey and Shorai. 'Stich sells 'em both. I hope people will post their recent or updated experiences with Odyssey and Shorai with the KLR charging system which regulates to 14.8 or so volts. There are also LiPo batteries that have been released since the last post to this thread. Anyone have experience with other smaller batteries IN A KLR?
I'm looking for a battery with smaller dimensions. One reason I'm not just buying a Yuasa or Deka is that my battery box is not tall enough. I have 3 bikes that use the exact same battery (CB750, CX500, KLR650) and batteries that fit in 2 of the bikes don't fit in the KLR -- I can't get the slide-in lid on. There's no way for me to assemble this wrong; it's a box and a lid. It just won't go.
* I use "dead" batteries for the electric fence around the fruit trees. My current "dead" battery is too dead and I don't have another handy. Thus I'm going to spend $150 or so on the GREAT KLR and use its battery for the fence for a few years.
EDIT: Cold-weather experience also requested. Don't ride a lot below freezing, but it happens.
7 years without a moments issues. Been using them in my bikes since 2003. I have one that is from 2004 that still keeps its charge.
Bought most from, if I recall, Battery Mart in Ca. Best pricing.
Thanks. Your post from S. Texas reminded me that I wanted to ask about cold-weather starting too. That shouldn't be an issue with Odyssey though. I don't ride a whole lot below freezing, but it happens. I also hope to take a trip to James Bay before the days turn long. (Watching aurora forecasts to see if I can zip up there to the light in the night.)
It has started just fine in Texas, to CA to Jasper Alberta, BC, Nova Scotia and all over well down below freezing to many 110 +. No hesitation is suggesting it.
old style non sealed? are you kidding? my bike spends way too much time upside down for that nonsense.
The odyssey website says that they don't have a battery to fit my '06 KLR but then they said the same thing about my '07 GS and I managed to make one fit.