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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-30-2017, 01:28 PM
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MY 2 c. My bike sits out in an unheated barn for 5 months here in cen. Pa. The PO of my bike had his always on a tender. First thing I bought for it. I replaced the ORIGINAL battery a couple years ago AFTER 12-1/2 years, merely because I thought it was time. It still had a full charge and would start and run the bike fine. Replaced with a BikeMaster. It lasted maybe 2 months. Replaced it with another Yuasa OEM, and no issues at all for over 2 years now. And have added road lights, many LED's, air horn, and expect this one to last as long as I have the bike.
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Batteries actually last longer in the cold, its the heat that kills the battery. The reson that a weak battery usually shows up when its cold is that it takes more amps to turn over a cold engine.
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Batteries actually last longer in the cold, its the heat that kills the battery. The reason that a weak battery usually shows up when its cold is that it takes more amps to turn over a cold engine.
This is true! I have much more trouble with my winter toys sitting thru the summer.

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I'm on my third battery.

6 years for the first battery, because I just didn't trust it any more.
4 years for the second battery (one of the fiberglass mats broke free and grounded out against another).
This battery has been installed for three (going on 4) so far.

Sure, they'll last for years and years, but anything after 5 years (IMO) you're gambling on getting stuck at some point.
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He said unheated, and he's from Canada so my guess would be pretty damn cold.
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He said he keeps it in his basement.... my basement is the same temperature as the house !!!!!!!!
as my furnace is in the basement...
As mentioned, My basement is unheated (no vents) but the furnace is down there so some heat thrown off. I'd guess it's 40's F down there for a few months. The washing machine has never frozen up so must stay above freezing.

I only use a battery tender in the Winter as I ride at least weekly April-Nov but always thought the battery would die over a month or two in Winter if just left sitting in the cold.



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Some of it depends on the battery. I've had some that barely lasted a year, and others that have run strong for several years. When you get a battery at a local shop, check and see if they offer a "lifetime" battery. That would be best. It's usually a cheap lead/acid battery, but even if you have to have it replaced every year, showing them the receipt, it will soon pay for itself. I did that once, and had the battery replaced by the shop 4-6 times over the years. I wasn't too happy, though, when the shop went belly up, as I had to find a new place to get my batteries, and had to pay for it again. The one I have now, I got online (AGM type which was only $32). It's only been in the bike for a year, but still going strong. Had to put it on my tender once, so far, but I usually ride every day 8-10 miles each way to work and back.

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I wish I could keep my bike in the basement..

as a few times. my garage was minus 5 "F" inside.
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I looked at a house like that, and not to mention the garage had a door to go INSIDE the basement and there was a workbench the entire length of the house. If only the house wasn't a total piece of crap otherwise. But with my current house I've insulated my garage, and while it still has no heat, it is a good 10* warmer in there now, and if I run my propane heater for about 10 minutes it gets nice and toasty in there (run the heat if I'm going to be working in there for a while in the winter).

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I get the sealed, maintenance free, gel batteries for my bikes. I typically get 5-6 years outta them and never use a tender. I've been debating it for awhile, but I tend to have decent luck without one. I'm from PA where normal winter days below 0 are common, and she stayed in an insulated garage for those months.


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Some of it depends on the battery. I've had some that barely lasted a year, and others that have run strong for several years. When you get a battery at a local shop, check and see if they offer a "lifetime" battery. That would be best. It's usually a cheap lead/acid battery, but even if you have to have it replaced every year, showing them the receipt, it will soon pay for itself. I did that once, and had the battery replaced by the shop 4-6 times over the years. I wasn't too happy, though, when the shop went belly up, as I had to find a new place to get my batteries, and had to pay for it again. The one I have now, I got online (AGM type which was only $32). It's only been in the bike for a year, but still going strong. Had to put it on my tender once, so far, but I usually ride every day 8-10 miles each way to work and back.
Where did you get a AGM for $32, I need one. Are you riding a 1300 or1800

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Where did you get a AGM for $32, I need one. Are you riding a 1300 or 1800
I got my battery from eBay, but I've seen similar ones on Amazon for slightly more, like $35. I actually don't have a VTX...YET, but the batteries shouldn't be that different. The main difference is in size/dimensions, and I think mine and the VTX are pretty much the same.

Doing a quick search, I found this one for the VTX1300 on Amazon for $40:
https://www.amazon.com/YTX14-BS-Repl...ds=vtx+battery

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