I think it's about time for a new battery in my 2007 GT1000.
How long have the factory batteries been lasting in Sport Classics ?
What seems to be the best choice for replacement ?
Caio, Brad B
+1 on the Shorai's - tiny battery, approx 3kg lighter than the original with no worries about acid leakage etc...Go LiFePo (Lithium) to save weight and add power. (As long as you don't ride too often in freezing conditions - as they don't love cold weather.)
Best module I've tried (and I've tried a few) is the Shorai LFX18. You need plenty of CCA Cold Cranking Amps to start a big V twin.
My stock battery went about 5 years, too. I have 8 or 9 bikes w/batteries, so I spend a lot of time keeping an eye on them. The little float chargers from Harbor Freight might seem appealing because of the low cost, but they will cook your battery after awhile. Get one that's regulated. I really like my Genius brand charger. I can turn it on and just walk away for the whole winter if I want to. What's the guy say on that old toaster oven infomercial? "Set it and forget it!"if it tests good keep it! i've had nothing but outstanding luck with Battery Tenders bringing back batteries from the dead and keeping the ones I have going...
+1 on the shorai. if you can afford the price difference, I have no idea why anyone would use an OEM battery as a replacement these days.I think that I need a new battery for my 2007 GT also. The last couple of times of starting it has been reluctant to start, and this morning it turned over slowly in spite of being kept charged by a tender.
Is there such a thing as a tender for a lithium battery?
Is one even necessary? What about those who ride in colder climates?