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Has anyone used this for a street bike? - March 11, 2012, 11:29 AM

Lithium-Iron battery. And if you did -

What brand?
How did it perform?
Size/weight?
Reliability?

I'm looking to improve performance, power my heated gear from the bike or install a power socket/adapter. I don't store my bike so the spring roll out isn't an issue.

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March 11, 2012, 11:47 AM

I was gonna get one of those Shorai batteries, but WAY too many bad reports out there for my liking... the QC at that company is in the shitter right now- they're putting out garbage just because it'll sell.




Haven't heard many bad things about ballistic batteries, but haven't heard many good things either. As of now I'm sticking with the tried and true because I know it works.
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March 11, 2012, 12:43 PM

Thanks, I didn't know anything about problems at the company.

I did find this Shorai Motorcycle Battery vs. Ballistic Motorcycle Battery Comparison - webBikeWorld but even they're asking for comments from anyone with real world experience.

I got my bike two years ago, new, and have already replaced the battery (corroded terminal) once. I've never used a tender and it never wouldn't start (except once with the corroded terminal). I put an air horn on the bike but no other mods. I've noticed a drop in the head-light output sometimes so I'm concerned about any further load on the electrical system (like heated gear).

I guess I'm looking for more info to plan for the next battery change. If it's going to be reliability/cost effective to make the change I'll want to make sure I have a few extra bucks on hand to cover it.


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The lithium batteries are sweet for reducing weight. However they do have some quirks, for one: You do not want to drain one. It will shut down and leave you stranded. I installed a Shorai battery at the same time I upgraded the stator for increased power output on my KTM and haven't had any issues.

These batteries are much smaller and incredidably light. When I picked up the box my battery was in when I first got it I thought they had forgotten to include the battery. LOL.

These new style batteries are intolorant of being completely discharged. You also have to make sure you use the right type of charger on them as well.

Keep one thing in mind: Your stator is the determing factor in how much draw you can take off the system for electrical accessories, not the battery. Doesn't matter what type or brand battery you use if the charging system can't meet the demand, it's still gonna go belly up.


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i have a shorai. No issues so far
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I have heard great things about the batteries except in the cold. You have to warm the battery before it will start the bike. By switching the bike on and off a few times.


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I have heard great things about the batteries except in the cold. You have to warm the battery before it will start the bike. By switching the bike on and off a few times.
I've heard the same thing, but so far haven't had any really cold weather to deal with. Was told that turning on the headlight for a minute or two will draw enough power to warm them up. Hopefully not going to find out at this point till next winter!


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I've heard the same thing, but so far haven't had any really cold weather to deal with. Was told that turning on the headlight for a minute or two will draw enough power to warm them up. Hopefully not going to find out at this point till next winter!
Yea this condition happened a few times on our race bikes. Saw it happen this past weekend at the races in GA.


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No pictures of it installed, maybe ill take one tomorrow, but man it is lighter than the one I took out. A good bit smaller too.
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