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On the last of a three day ride earlier this month the dreaded "clicking"
greeted me instead of a start. I mumbled and fiddled and was lucky enough
to have it catch and start so I could get headed home. After everything was
all warmed and charged from riding the day went well.
Upon arrival at the barn I pulled the records and discovered that the battery
was 32 months old. This was a Batteries Plus AGM battery. Took it back to
Batteries Plus and after testing and confirming that the battery was on the way
out, they attempted to sell me an AGM replacement. I politely declined.
My history has been all Interstate Batteries for probably the past 20 years
in all my vehicles. I appreciate their no hassle warranty (auto batteries)
and a location convenient to me. Checking their website there were
three options for me, two AGM batteries for around $140, and a normal
lead-acid model for $75. The AGM battery I bought from Batteries Plus
was a fluke, as the Interstate location didn't have a battery for me that
day, and I needed a same-day replacement.
Personal history tells me that a motorcycle battery is good for +/- four years
and no more. So spending $75 for the basic model, or $140 for the AGM
was sort of a gamble. Will the AGM last twice as long ? Will the basic
model last the standard four years ? Three ?
Anyway, I took the cheap route and I'll try to keep my battery life in mind
before taking off on a multi-day ride.
Other points of view ?
Last edited by soccerfan on Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:40 pm, edited 1 time in total.
I bought a Motobatt AGM a few years ago, and it has been great. If the bike sits over winter, the battery never goes down in voltage. I have an aircraft with two oddesey AGM batteries and they sat unused for 3 years until I finally pulled one out and used it for my S10 pickup, and even though it is half the size, it starts and holds a charge fine. I am sold on AGM as you might imagine, plus who wants a toxic battery breather pipe rusting up everything around it?
'81 XV750, clip ons, 18" rear wheel, lowered 920 forks with twin discs and 1.5" spring spacers, 1100 brake master cylinder with CNC billet cap, -3 braided brake lines, lowered instruments and headlight, CNC billet mirror mounts, small billet turn signals with running lights, Koso tach/ speedo, stainless 2 into 1 stepped headers with reverse cone muffler, starter heat shield, 4 guage starter cables, rear exhaust heat shield, 4" round open air filter with billet CNC mount, TM38 flat slide Mikuni carbs, XV700 ported heads, BT-C05 cams, colder BP8ES NGK plugs, stiffened swingarm, polished engine side covers, polished rear peg mounts with carbon cover panels, single horn relocated, Sparto tail light with 3D printed lens, BSA tank kneepads, one off carbon fiber cafe seat with brown cover, fork gaiters, KDX200 rear shock, single tach/speedo with carbon fiber dash, red LED under tank and seat lights, black pearl paint with silver accents.
I am also a fan of AGM batteries for motorbikes, although based on the prices you quote, we pay a lot less for batteries on this side of the pond.
I have one in the EX, and when the 1100 needs a new one, AGM it will be.
Damned if I do, bored if I don't - 95 XV1100, 01 EX500 D7
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