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Battery Recommendation
02/12/18 at 18:18:42
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  My battery is beginning to show it's age and I want to get something new before I get stranded. Anyone have a recommendation? More interested in reliability than lowest price. Thanks, David
  

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Re: Battery Recommendation
Reply #1 - 02/12/18 at 20:26:24
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Some think I am stupid for spending the extra but I have an Odyssey and I run it at 14.6 volts
I do a lot of traveling and just want the peace of mind

I think most AGM's  will do OK
You will want to get your charging voltage up to about 14.3 for most AGM's
just don't waist your time with a flooded battery 

But what I do find unnecessary is a Lithium Ion
That is just what I need
A melt down waiting go off under my butt  Shocked
  

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Re: Battery Recommendation
Reply #2 - 02/12/18 at 20:45:39
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I've been happy with the UB 12220 that was recommended here on the forum.  Holds a charge and you can get them for about $45 shipped.
  

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Reply #3 - 02/13/18 at 02:12:50
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I'm exactly 4 years now on a cheap generic AGM similar to the UB 12220 above. Still performs like new.  I paid £32 for it.
  

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Re: Battery Recommendation
Reply #4 - 02/13/18 at 22:03:21
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I have the UB in all of our bikes, R65, R100, and R1150 - they are great!
  

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Reply #5 - 02/14/18 at 03:09:30
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I used to wonder if these generic batteries had the same cranking amps as a "proper" motorcycle battery but if they work for you Justin on the R100 what more can we need.
  

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Re: Battery Recommendation
Reply #6 - 02/14/18 at 10:45:33
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Barry wrote on 02/14/18 at 03:09:30:
what more can we need


Personalized valet service with pre and post ride rub downs, including cold beverage delivery?

Anyways, I have a generic AGM battery and agree that flooded types are not worth the trouble even if they were free.  I'm on my second AGM, they only thing I don't like is their failure mode is very binary compared to flooded batteries.  For example, last time mine failed it stranded me on the side of the road!
  

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Re: Battery Recommendation
Reply #7 - 02/15/18 at 20:23:41
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Barry - In the R100, with 36 year old Bosch starter, it cranked frighteningly slow but after putting in the new Valeo type starter it cranks like crazy!  Grin
  

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