Shorai battery for KTM990/LC8

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by cyborg, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    I am not affiliated with the vendor but their site does say "We are offering them to ADVrider's at a lower cost than you can get them anywhere else."
    I didn't say they were offering a discount code, and suggest you can email or give them a call. Very nice folks.
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  2. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    5% code: ADVshorai
    $5 discount per battery, for more than one battery purchased and shipped to one destination: ShoraiShipping
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  3. markwoodlief

    markwoodlief Long timer

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    i have one in my 950 and another in my gasgas 400.. the shorai cranked over the gasser no problems at all, which are notorious for killing batteries first try..

    the 950 it cranked over just fine as well.. and i let it sit with the key in the on position overnight accidently before i even cranked it... :lol3..
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    Bump!
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  5. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    Re-read the very first post.
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  6. mookymoo

    mookymoo Mookish Mook

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    Thanks for the write-up cyborg. :thumb

    I will be very interested in how these batteries last with extended advrider-type abuse. By the looks of if we already have a decent sample.

    Anyone know whether they will sell internationally? :ear
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    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Mine came in the mail yesterday - thanks, Craig for super service! :thumb

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  8. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Try emailing Shorai and asking them about dealers in Oz or UK. I'm sure they will help.

    Almost 3 weeks of daily use so far. Several starts a day, cold temps, low charging rates (slow traffic), high drain (Gerbing heated jacket liner and heated hand grips), forgetting the key and lights on (when messing with TuneECU). Not the easiest life for a battery. So far there has been no indication I need to charge it or even trickle charge it. It still jumps the bike to life first crank.

    A voltmeter would help to see what's happening ...I have several on my workbench and been meaning to install one on the 990 since '07 :lol3
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  9. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Hope it works well for you... uh oh...

    Flying Pig alert! :lol3

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  10. mookymoo

    mookymoo Mookish Mook

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    Will do.

    The interesting bit will be to see how it stands up to a years worth of vibration and bouncing about. For example, the attachment points on the battery are notably lighter material than, say, the yuasa. Only one way to tell! :ricky
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  11. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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    Mooky:

    I too am waiting to see if someone who really rides their 950 a lot gets the battery to last 1-2 years. If it does then the price may make it worth it.

    Tom
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  12. mookymoo

    mookymoo Mookish Mook

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    2 years is a long time to wait.
    Its not that much more expensive than the stocker is it? How much does a YUASA retail for in the US?
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  13. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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    Mooky:

    No idea on the stocker. I just spent $77.25 USD for a nice stock-like replacement. Same company that makes the Braille unit apparently. If this one last one year or longer I'll be happy. For the life of me I can't see why 950 batteries die so often. I've had BMW airhead batteries last 7-9 years and I take them to the same places as people take their 950's.

    Tom
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  14. KTM450SX

    KTM450SX Been here awhile

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    The stock battery through KTM is around $275 LOL.. I looked.
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  15. Ian123

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    Mooky,

    I have just ordered one on Saturday for my bike after trying to start it the other day and it not responding (much).

    Even though its been on trickle charge through the winter (Optimate 3) it appears that it's finally given up not too good really the bike was only delivered in March 2003....

    Anyway, I checked prices the best price for a Yuasa is via Honda dealers best I saw was £63. Then I saw all this chat online about Shorai and checked a few prices and thought why not the all up price in sterling £155 delivered express.....

    A lot I know but if you take the battery price alone in sterling its only just over what KTM dealers want to charge for the Yuasa.

    One good thing about having cancer it changes your view.... Lifes too short not to try it!

    Always had trouble with the Yuasa running down over a few weeks if the bike was left to stand anyway.

    If you're down my way and fancy a brew and play just let me know, you would be very welcome
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  16. mookymoo

    mookymoo Mookish Mook

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    :lol3

    My 2005 battery lasted until 2009...

    Where in Kent is that exactly?
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  17. Brown Dog

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    You wont regret the Shorai upgrade :thumb
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  18. hilslamer

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    I haven't had mine very long but the weather has been great here and I've put a lot of miles down nasty jeep roads on it, along with a lot of stop-start type street miles(errands, back and forth to work, etc.) It hasn't missed a beat and there has been no noticable decline in cranking ability as has been my experience with all other batteries I have tried(all SLA AGM batteries).

    I have so much more confidence in the bike now with the Shorai on board; that was the only "achillies heal" that it has ever had and while I've usually been able to get safely out of numerous situations when the SLA batteries have died, it has seriously disrupted plans and trips several times.
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  19. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    As a few data points, the last two days it has been 24F to 26F in my garage when I start the 990S in the morning for my commute, bike is cold-soaked at those temps all night. When I try to start with no "warm-up" to the battery, it spins 3 or 4 times but too slowly/weak to start the bike. I let it sit 15 seconds or so then the second try and the bikes jumps to life, strong cranking from then on. That one start pull on the batt warms it up quick.

    A few times in sub-freezing temps I also just turned the key on, let the headlights run while I finished the final fussing with gear, then the starter spun quick. Again, that was a warmup for the battery.

    It does illustrate that lithium packs need to pull some current to warm up a bit in below freezing 32F/OC temps. Above freezing the Shorai spins the starter fine.

    I have not used a trickle charger or given it a charge since installing.
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  20. sillbeer

    sillbeer n00berific

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    I see several people jumping at the 18 amp Shorai. Isn't the 14 amp more than adequate?

    -Destin
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