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Old April 20th, 2017, 02:41 PM   #1
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I Ride: '13 Hyperstrada, '06 DR650, 2017 KTM 690 Duke
Which Battery for HyperStrada?

I'm thinking about the Shorai Lithium-Iron battery (or similar competing brand of Lith-iron battery) Which one in this class has the best rep so far?

My bike was bought used, it starts OK but I sense the batt is probably original from 2013. It cranks but IMO, a bit slowly. When on my Battery Tender it takes a while for red light to go green. (20 minutes) This, in my experience, may indicate battery is weak, probably coming to end of it's life. Opinions on this?

It load tests OK so I think all cells are still OK, perhaps just a bit weak?

So ... like many riders, I'm attracted to the lighter weight Lithium-Iron batteries out there. I've read about several problems they can present, was wondering what history anyone has using Lithium-Iron batts like the Shorai or similar Li-Iron batts?

Two buddies have them, so far (about a year) no problems. This type of batt likes to "warm up". yes, seems counter-intuitive but it's science and it works.

For conventional lead-acid sealed battery I prefer Deka. Good quality, long lasting. But I think I'm going Lith-Iron next.

Experiences anyone?
Thanks!
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Old April 20th, 2017, 04:31 PM   #2
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Starter on these bikes kinda sucks, so it may not be the battery. Kuksul has a thread on replacing the starter if you are so inclined. When the battery on my 2015 goes I will get an LION battery just for the weight and space savings.

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Old April 20th, 2017, 04:57 PM   #3
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See if you have a Taigene motor, that could be the problem.

As for batteries, Lithium tech is pretty great now. But I've never had a problem with the regular old lead-acid batteries and they last upwards of 10 years when maintained, so I stick with that. I think the biggest benefit of a lithium battery in the hyper is it will give you some extra storage space under the seat, because there is basically none in stock form.
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Old April 20th, 2017, 05:12 PM   #4
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I have only had the Shorai. It works great, and I've never put it on a charger since 2011. It does need to warm up in colder weather, but it still starts good.
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Old April 20th, 2017, 06:38 PM   #5
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So many make the mistake of purchasing a lithium battery sized based on the silly claims of the manufacturers. A lithium battery thread on AdvRider shows that a properly sized lithium battery is an excellent choice as a replacement battery.

I have the Antigravity 16 cell battery with the case size matching the Ducati space. Works like a charm pushing out the amps that are necessary, spinning the starter with enthusiasm.

Choose wisely with lithium and you will be happy. Choose too small and you will write angry reviews about battery failure.

http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...ifepo4.757934/
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Old April 20th, 2017, 07:26 PM   #6
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Good to know. Saving weight would be nice, but the main interest I have in one is better performance and longer life when used without a tender (no real option given my SF parking situation).

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Old April 20th, 2017, 09:39 PM   #7
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I put a Shorai into mine, so far it's been excellent. I also had my starter recently replaced, and now it starts VERY strong.

Here's a thread I created which shows the install.

Shorai battery & Alarm install

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Old April 21st, 2017, 10:44 AM   #8
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Thanks to everyone for all the great replies. I'd heard of Anti-Gravity, never used one. I will ask dealer about my starter. It cranks fine ... perhaps just a tad slow.

Will look into all of it, thanks again!
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Old April 22nd, 2017, 03:30 PM   #9
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Its my understanding that the lithium batteries do not like the cold not that those posting in this thread living in the southern part of the country have much issue with that. My buddy rides a KTM 990 ADV that had a lithium battery in it when he purchased it and was very problematic when it was below 50 and has since been replaced.
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Heard the same about lithium. Got an AGM that turned out to be the same as stock. I'd have to run through 3 of them to equal the price of a good Lithium.

In case of trouble I carry a Lithium booster on long trips. Size of 2 packs of smokes and can start a truck if need be.

Oh - and I always start in neutral now, to avoid too much load.
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