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  • #9813
    Anonymous
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    1983 RD.

    With technology moving at a pace, what’s the current (no pun intended) best battery and supplier?

    #13427
    Keith Goodman
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    Hi John
    Most AGM batterys are a good upgrade over the old Lead acid type, Motobatt were good but their quality is some what suspect now, I had some that were still going strong after 5 years and a couple that failed in under 2 years
    The bike shop i use for MOT’s has stopped selling them and now only sell BS brand batterys, have one on my Fireblade and is good
    I have an Exide AGM on one RC from M&P and a Motobatt on the other RC, is 3 years old now and still ok, and a cheap eBay AGM on my CB1100F which works ok
    One thing for good starting is to rebuild your starter motor, new brushes and a ball bearing at the brush end works wonders
    This is the cheap one, says its for CB900F but fit the R,
    Keith
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Powerline-YB14L-A2-AGM-Battery-Honda-CB900F-Boldr-79-83-900-cc/362552600099?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&
    _trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    #13428
    Keith Goodman
    Participant

    Hi John
    This is the link to the BS batterys which i will replace the motobatt one on the R with when it dies
    Some owners have tried Lithium batterys but the extra cost is not worth it in my opinon for a bit of weight saving
    Most AGM batterys are 220 CCA and the Lithium a bit more
    Keith
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BS-Battery-SLA-Max-BTX14HL-YTX14AHL-BS-Honda-CB-900-F2-Bol-d-Or-1981/333349732457?epid=5024393524&hash=item4d9d314069:g:duIAAOSwTBJdluvX

    #13429
    Anonymous
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    Thanks Keith – that’s very helpful – I’ll have a gander.

    #13430
    Anonymous
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    Can AGM batteries by trickle charged over the winter with an Optimate?

    #13431
    Keith Goodman
    Participant

    Hi John

    I have 5 bikes and one charger, so just charge them maybe once a month for a few hours each, as an experement i did not charge one all winter once and the bike started without charging at all

    Keith

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