Need Battery Tiger 800 XC in Guanajuato, Mexico

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by jjhubbard51, May 26, 2013.

  1. jjhubbard51

    jjhubbard51 Adventurer

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    The battery of my Tiger 800XC is dead (un-chargeable)....the bike sat in my hotel lobby for two weeks and when I attempted to start the bike this morning it was dead. Had it charged and it would not hold a charge.....it is dead. I do not speak any useful spanish yet. Tried AutoZone in Guanajuato, they do not carry any moto batteries. I am not pressed for time but would like to get going again soon. The battery and parts places are pretty much closed for the weekend so I will began looking again Monday morning.

    If anyone has any usefull ideas I am all ears. It is a good bet that there is not going to be a battery for the Tiger in Guanajuato. Likely the nearest battery will be in Leon. I can always go to Leon by bus, get a battery and return to Guanajuato. It would be better to have the battery sent here and save a day on the bus.

    The main problem is "no hablo espanol" and that makes locating a battery by phone all but impossible. I need a YTX16-BS battery for the Tiger.

    Any ideas anyone?

    Stuck, But Not in a Bad Place,

    Johnny Hubbard
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    Phone:+1 251-533-4526
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  2. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Your ultimate goal would be to find a batt that 'fits' your bike.
    ATVs, PWCs (jet skis) and many lawn mowers also use smallish batteries.

    If the size of the new batt is smaller than the oem, stuff and back it with cardboard, thin foam or most anything to make it ride secure.

    Good luck.
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  3. SR

    SR Long timer

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    I buddy of mine who used to live in Silao recommended these guys. They are a chain that specializes in batteries. They have a location in Guanajuato.

    http://www.acumuladoresbustoshnos.com.mx/ubicacion.php

    Or instead of looking for a battery, just get the bike to a motorcycle shop. They will know what to do and make something work.

    +1 Guanajuato is not a bad place to be stuck. IMHO the Templo San Cayetano is the most spectacular church in Mexico!

    The mineral collection at the Guanajuato School of Mines is a neat attraction if you are into that kind of thing.

    Suerte.
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  4. markharf

    markharf Been here awhile

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    This. Or at the very least get the old battery to a moto shop. Trying to order over the phone is just asking for trouble no matter how well you speak Spanish.

    Don't miss the mummy museum, and try your best to do some exploring in the hills east and south of town. Lots of dirt roads and tracks up there (although watch out for mining trucks on the main routes).

    Mark
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  5. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    Motohaus, León S.A de C.V.
    Av. Paseo del Moral 338 Local 13,, Col. Jardines del Moral, C.P. 37160 León, Guanajuato
    01 (477) 717 67 67
    This is the nearest BMW dealer. Give them a call. You will probably find someone who speaks English. They will be able to get you a BMW battery for sure but it will cost a LOT of money. Ask them if they know where you can find a YUASA.
    Hope that helps.
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  6. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    I responded to this on the HU website, too.
    Any LTH locale or retailer should have a comparable battery.
    Yuasa quality is NOT what it used to be!
    There is a Triumph dealer in Leon
    EUROMOTO | León | (477) 29 30 888
    Stop any pizza/pharmacy rider and they will tell you where the nearest moto shop is, same for a taxi driver.
    Take your old battery with you and say, "Quiero una nueva, por favor".:deal
    They'll understand.
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  7. SR

    SR Long timer

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    So what ever happened? Were you going to let us know? :ear
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  8. jjhubbard51

    jjhubbard51 Adventurer

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    Si Senor.....I was told of a Mexican forum called Groupo Touaregs. I posted there and received a call from a man that spoke good english. He picked me up at my hotel Monday morning and we rode to Leon where found a battery and returned to Guanajuato. I left Tuesday morning for Dolores Hidalgo then to San Miguel de Allende and now I am in Xilitla.

    Sorry for leaving you hanging....it was my oversight.

    you can follow my adventure at www.jjhubbard51laa.blogspot.com if you like. The problem with the battery and how it was salved is documented there.

    Regards,

    Johnny
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  9. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Great Blog you have going there sir :clap
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  10. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Johnny, I am here in Veracruz if you are stopping by.
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  11. jjhubbard51

    jjhubbard51 Adventurer

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    Hola MikeMike,

    I am planning to go to Veracruz in the next few weeks. I am headed to Hidalgo state tomorrow and from there to Veracruz. It would be nice to meet....and you could let me know what I should see.

    Regards,

    Johnny
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  12. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Johnny, PM me with your email and I will send you a photo illustrated PDF ride guide for this part of Mexico.
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  13. Lone Rider

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    Now, if that ain't a nice offer, nothing is. :deal

    :thumb
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  14. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    And the guy that picked him up and went and found a battery for his bike. :clap

    You meet the nicest people on a motorcycle. :lol3

    I was going to recommend this:

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    Rob needed a battery for his Road King in Patagonia. After quite a few phone calls with my then passable Spanish, and even more beers, this was best I could come up with, Baja style. :lol3 It wasnt pretty, but it worked. That damned Harley took some serious juice to turn over that motor.

    "I aint got no cigarettes......."

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  15. acejones

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    Mexico is such a dangerous place :rofl
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