Sealed Battery for F650GS

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by wporter, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. wporter

    wporter n00b

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    The OEM wet cell battery in my '02 F650GS recently packed it in. I wanted to avoid the hassle of dismantling the three panel faux tank to check battery fluids and began a three month search for a replacement sealed battery.

    A&S Cycle claimed that the sealed replacement battery for my bike was not available anywhere. My only choice was stock or a gell battery that was three times as expensive and still might not fit.

    BMW of Santa Cruz County's online catalog claimed to have a sealed AGM in stock, but back ordered it on me. Every couple of weeks I'd call, only to be told, "two more weeks..." When their shipment finally arrived, the manufacturer in Chi-wan-is-stan had reversed the posts on the whole bunch!

    After quite a bit of surfing and phone calls, I found Battery Stuff in Grants Pass, Oregon. I bought a sealed AGM battery, sYT12CL, made by Scorpion, for only $58 and free shipping. I had it in two days. A perfect fit, nice and snug, but not too tight. Call Steve at 1-800-362-5397 or go to batterystuff.com and check it out.

    Bill
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  2. dump-a-thump

    dump-a-thump lapsed atheist

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    awesome.

    i thought i'd have to make a new carbon tray to fit an opti in there..

    thanks, d-a-t
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  3. JDLuke

    JDLuke Ravening for delight

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    Thank you. I've been waiting on that sealed cell from Santa Cruz myself... I'll just cancel that order and do this instead.
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  4. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    Just ordered one too:clap

    I hate dealing with topping off the battery. And it's ALWAYS low every time I check.

    Had also been trying to get the BMW Santa Cruz battery and been waiting.

    You may want to post this over at Chain Gang as well.
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  5. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    FYI

    My gel battery has the posts reversed and the cables are just long enough. I was a bit annoyed when I opened the box though.

    looks like this (but posts reversed)
    [​IMG]

    /thread jack :D
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  6. zmotomann

    zmotomann No Quarter

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    :clap I have been putting ytx14-bs mf in f650gs for a long time.
    You need to remove the metal tray under the battery and attach the
    the rubber strap to the tray bolt, it fits snug like it belonged there. it is a pretty easy mod. sorry no pics, next time i do a f650 I.ll take pics and write up some instructions.

    www.zmwadventures.com
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  7. jdaniele

    jdaniele Been here awhile

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    Try the Deka ETX-15l fits with no mods can be had for 60 bucks
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  8. JDLuke

    JDLuke Ravening for delight

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    So I ordered mine on Saturday, and got shipping confirmation this morning. Thanks again! :deal
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  9. rob feature

    rob feature Domain Ranger

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    I used BatteryStuff last week. Ordered a DRZ battery from them...$47 shipped. It showed up in 3 days...Oregon to Tennessee. Fully charged & ready to roll.

    2 thumbs up so far...now to see if it'll last.

    Batteries for the F650 GS are pretty common in auto parts stores around here too, but I didn't price any
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  10. JDLuke

    JDLuke Ravening for delight

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    I guess I should add: Got it on Thursday, had it installed within 15 minutes of arriving home... And no more hooking up that stupid overflow tube! :clap
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  11. SASR

    SASR Kopfjager

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    I ordered a battery at 1335 today for my wife's 650 and it will be here by Friday according to Steve. Impressive!
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  12. sjeproductions

    sjeproductions Been here awhile

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    Just installed the Scorpion Battery on my 01 Dakar!! :clap Finally a sealed battery. Would definetly recommend it and batterystuff.com $58, free shipping and had it in 2 days!! :D
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  13. JimR

    JimR Been here awhile

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    Now that BMW has the G650GS engines made in China they should just go ahead and put a gross of these batteries from Scorpion on the same boat and lose the lead-acid batteries all together......or does that make too much sense?
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  14. Jimmymac

    Jimmymac Adventurer

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    Due to this thread, I purchased the 12 Volt AGM Maintenance free, sYT12CL, made by Scorpion from batteryStuff.com.
    I ordered the battery on August 13th and it arrived in Florida on August 15th. It was double boxed with foam in between.
    Excellent shipping and packaging IMO.

    I have ZERO mechanical background and actually just got my first bike last week after passing the MSF course - 2007 BMW F650 GS.The battery went in with no problems whatsoever. I pushed the old batteries' snorkel through the hole and couldn't figure out where it goes LOL. Guess it'll fall out on it's own !? :huh.

    I added a SAE cable right to the battery as well to run the slime compressor I bought. First mechanical thing I ever did in my life. Was pretty easy. Took 30 minutes and most of that was figuring out how to remove the faux gas tank.

    Even with the old battery off the bike I couldn't see the line for water without a flashlight. Won't have to worry about that anymore.

    Anyone have any feedback on the longevity of this battery ?

    Anyway thanks for the thread. It helped me out.
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  15. azgsa

    azgsa Apathetic

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    Thanks for the info, ordered.
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  16. azmuth

    azmuth Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the advice! I'm ordering one this week.:clap
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  17. azmuth

    azmuth Been here awhile

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    Just ordered it and it is still $58.00 with free shipping. Thanks for saving me a bunch of $$$$$$$!

    :clap
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  18. sellmeyer

    sellmeyer Been here awhile

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    I bought two about 1.5 years ago. I put one in a dakar and it lasted only 1 season. I kept one inside and put it on a charger about 1x per month during a one year period when I had a bike down. When I put that 2nd one in the bike it died within a few weeks of using it this season.

    Maybe I'm a bad guy, or maybe I got a bad batch of batteries. But I won't buy another Scorpion. I am beyond year 3 on the sealed battery I bought from BMW Santa Cruz in Watsonville, Ca. I purchased it in person and its been great but it is getting tired. I've been using a 14AH unit from Autozone (ETX15-L) for the past 4 months and iits been good.


    -I won't buy another Scorpion any time soon as a result of this experience. YMMV
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  19. JDLuke

    JDLuke Ravening for delight

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    My experience is a bit different. I got mine about a year and a half ago, never put it on a charger, ride my bike pretty much every day, and so far it's flawless for me.
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  20. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    What ordering options do i have in Europe, Belgium?
    Every piece of information i find on a drop-in sealed battery leads me to a webshop that does not ship here :'(

    And 58 dollars is mighty cheap! :)
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