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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-13-2016, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Just went out to the garage and got geared up to ride and wouldn't you know it the bike barely turned over (been on a battery tender). I got it started and letting it idle right now but I think I am in need of a new battery. My bike is a Jan 2011 build so I assume the battery is even older so it is at least 6 years old. Called out to my local Vic/Indian dealer and they want $145 for a Yuasa/Polaris battery but I just saw where I can get the same battery model number without the Polaris logo on it for $88 on Amazon and is shipped with the acid separate. Anybody gone this route or gone with a battery from and autozone or other auto parts stores?

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With so few manufacturers of batteries it is one product that highlights the phrase "You get what you pay for". As for the Vic one, vehicle builders with profit as their main concern will go with whatever gives them the best return. I won't go into a long explanation here but simply look at the specs, not the name.

Then think about the worst place in your travels that you'd want to get stranded because you cheaped out on one of the most important parts of the vehicle. That's where it will happen.

No matter what you buy, always go for the best (not always the most expensive) you can afford at the time.

PS. The one directly from the Vic stealer certainly won't be the best choice financially. The one from Amazon needs you to confirm the source and product. Local suppliers will have one that's not much more expensive.

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I picked up a store-labeled Deka at a local ranch store for about $85. 310 cca, sealed, charged, and ready to go. So far so good.

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I used to work at a dealer that sells victory. all the batteries (including the ones shipped with your bike) come with the acid separate.

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The duracell from Batteries + is outstanding. Rated identical to the OEM- about 310 CCA.

However, the rep took the one I grabbed off the shelf, clamped on his bench tester, and the damn thing showed over 500 CCA. After installation- the bike has on occasion has sat for 3 weeks over the winter months. Showed no signs of discharge. Hooked up my trickle charger anyway- green light in less than 10 minutes. Awesome battery thus far.
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For the record, Yuasa makes a very good battery.

I would suggest you call around - call the local powersports dealers/shops - and give them the Yuasa part number. There aren't that many different size motorcycle batteries and if they carry Yuasa they will most likely have the size you are looking for.

My local Yamaha dealer always has had the best prices on batteries and I've bought them there for non-Yamaha bikes.

They will still be a little more expensive than mail-order but you get the battery right away, acid already added and battery fully charged, and you have some place to return it to if for any reason that battery is bad.

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TNXR, think about this: A relatively small battery has to start an engine larger than some cars have and when its cold out, the oil is thick thus providing even more resistance. My 2010 XR still has its original battery and over 30K miles with lots of starts. I do two things that make life easier for the battery: 1. 5W-40 Rotella T-6 and 2. About an hour before starting, I place a heater with a fan in it near the engine to warm the oil, battery (which is down on power when cold) and the engine. It usually fires up the first time, even after sitting over a month. So you battery may be just fine.

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Never Never get acid batteries. They don't last.
Always get a gel filled battery. Yuasa is a great battery

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Never Never get acid batteries. They don't last.
Always get a gel filled battery. Yuasa is a great battery
What's your thoughts about AGM batteries?

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