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Online Huzo

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Re: I hate to ask a battery question...
« Reply #30 on: March 22, 2021, 02:29:10 PM »
Over the journey I have opted for Yuasa if available, donít know if they are the best or not but I have never had any issues whatsoever and you canít kill them with an axe..
No need for special chargers, take a flat one to bed with you, give it a cuddle and in the morning itíll jump start a truck..!
On my 2017 Nordkapp trip, I had a slight indication the current one (so to speak), was getting tired so I got a new one when I got off the ferry in Norway. The young bloke broke every rule (apparently) in doing the initial charge procedure, yet the thing is still working perfectly.
For me batteries are like tyres, there may be better out there, but I just ďfeelĒ better with Yuasa and Michelin.
Iíll leave the experimentation to someone else... :popcorn:
Donít feel queasy about asking battery questions, but while youíre here can you tell me what your thoughts are on what oils you think are best...?
« Last Edit: March 22, 2021, 02:34:10 PM by Huzo »

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Re: I hate to ask a battery question...
« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2021, 01:46:58 AM »
My take on that is the tender doesn't know if its a 12 Volt or a 6 Volt battery so errs on the safe side, I have an old wall wort off a printer for that scenario It puts out 1 Amp at 14 Volts with nothing more than a transformer and rectifier.

And that's the kicker Roy.

When I sold batteries the rep told me that by the time a calcium technology battery drops to 12 volts a smart charger will not recognise it as a battery, and just will not charge it.  I have a "dumb charger", which is like yours, a transformer and a rectifier.  I use this to get the battery up to about 12.5 volts, at which stage my smart charger will take over and pump in up to 6 amps if need be, and drop back to float when charged.
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Re: I hate to ask a battery question...
« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2021, 02:28:23 AM »
Im running my second odyssey after the first one lasted 9 years on the LeMans.  Im also running a MOTOBATT AGM (on 2 other bikes, one non Guzzi) which seems even more powerful.  Been one about 3 years now.

I always use a trickle charger if i leave them over a week. just to simply look after them.  Expensive do.


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Re: I hate to ask a battery question...
« Reply #33 on: April 28, 2021, 04:10:09 PM »
It's not looking like I can walk into Autozone and get one. No surprise, not an automotive size. Before I had the Odyssey 545 and I thought it worked fine. Odyssey recommends the 925. Above it was suggested to go with the 680. Before I pull the trigger and order what say people, split the difference and get the 680LMJ? This is for my Call Spec not the Ambo.

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Re: I hate to ask a battery question...
« Reply #33 on: April 28, 2021, 04:10:09 PM »

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Re: I hate to ask a battery question...
« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2021, 08:06:25 PM »
I've never had a battery last longer than 4 years in my old airhead. It didn't matter if it was high dollar German made OEM or an el cheapo no name  made in Taiwan. Four years and done. Then, 8 years ago I bought an Odyssey. Its still going strong. I don't have power in my garage, so no tender. I do remove it each winter (its easy so if I want to ride in January its 10 minutes to put it back in). Its a 925. I will buy another when it dies. Best motorcycle battery I've ever had.

Lots of airhead GS riders over on Adventurerider use the 680 with good success. I bought the bigger and heavier 925 because I have never, not once in my life, been in a situation where I wished I had less  battery capacity. I have, however, been in situations where I wished I had more  :wink:

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