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One of the largest battery manufacturers in the USA is East Penn Mfg. Included in the many batteries they make is AGM batteries for motorcycles sold under several labels including Deka, Duracell, and the store brands for several auto parts stores such as Napa, O'Reilly, and Autozone. I have had excellent performance from them. The ones I've bought have been mail order from batterymart.com and sold under their label of Big Crank. I've had no problems with fitment nor cable connections.



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I like that batteries plus is a brick and mortar and is widely available.

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I put a Chrome brand battery in my Triumph about 6 months ago. It doesn't get ridden a whole lot any more and starts great every time. They have tons of good reviews and the price it right, really right. I suspect the battery in my 18 Wing is on its way out and I am going to try a Chrome when it does. My last experiences with the major brand have been less than satisfactory for a high dollar battery. YMMV
 

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Agree. My last one last 6.5 years and I just now picked up a replacement after a scare ( my fault, not the battery) in N Georgia. I paid more at the dealer ($117) but it was quick, fast and easy.
I have a 2014 Valkyrie and still have the original Yuasa battery in it and it's as strong as ever (knock on wood, as winter's almost here). I didn't even use a trickle charger in the off season and I live in IL at about the same latitude as Indy. Yes, it's it a garage, but non-heated and non-insulated. (It's a simple rebuild of the original 1885 single-car/carriage garage as local code wouldn't allow me to expand to a 2 1/2 during renovation.)

I went to Battery Specialists here in town and asked the owner, whom I know, if he knew anything about Yuasa batteries and if he could get them. I told him I was very impressed with it as it had far surpassed the performance of my previous HD bike batteries. He told me that he used to handle those Yuasa batteries (he services a lot of country club electric golf carts in the area), but doesn't any more but could get one for me when I was ready. He added this little nugget I hadn't heard before, which is what I wanted to share with the forum in this post, FWIW:

He said he found them to be very satisfactory batteries, but he noticed over his years in business that the replacement Yuasa batteries he would order, same product order number, etc., as the original ones in people's bikes and carts would not last quite as long, sometimes by a couple years. He told me that he would try to corner Yuasa battery sales reps at "Battery Conferences" (who knew?? guess everyone has their own conference these days) to ask them why, but no one would give him a straight answer. Or just didn't know. Anyway, I thought I'd throw that out here in case someone more knowledgeable than I has an answer. I'd love to go back to Jim, the Battery Specialists owner, and tell him that I found out why! I promise to give appropriate credit!
 

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Fifteen years ago when I last rode a 1500 SE. Westco and Deka were the most recommended brands. I have no idea now ? Just trying to get back up to speed. Good luck. D
 

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One of the largest battery manufacturers in the USA is East Penn Mfg. Included in the many batteries they make is AGM batteries for motorcycles sold under several labels including Deka, Duracell, and the store brands for several auto parts stores such as Napa, O'Reilly, and Autozone. I have had excellent performance from them. The ones I've bought have been mail order from batterymart.com and sold under their label of Big Crank. I've had no problems with fitment nor cable connections.



https://www.batterymart.com/c-honda-gl1800-gold-wing-battery.html

Thanks for the info. I just purchased the Big Crank from batterymart.com. $104.95.

My bike did not want to start Saturday after sitting off the tender for 4 days...signs of a bad battery I am guessing. After a trickle charge for about 12 hours, it started right up.

Now will have this new one in for peace of mind.
 

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Agree. My last one last 6.5 years and I just now picked up a replacement after a scare ( my fault, not the battery) in N Georgia. I paid more at the dealer ($117) but it was quick, fast and easy.
I think you should provide full disclosure on this incident. :)
 

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It's a shame Odyssey doesn't make a fitment for the Goldwing. I've been using them in my BMW's for *years*. IMHO one of the best batteries out there. Mil spec. Good stuff. I had one go for 9 years..
https://www.odysseybattery.com/

Dang.. with the new bike I'll have to find another battery brand...
 

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I purchased my batteries (Yuasa OEM) from a local motorcycle shop, Ridge Motorsports in Batesburg, SC.

I have, with only two exceptions, purchased OEM batteries. One of those exceptions was when I had my ST1300 in the shop for some repairs for a deer strike and they let the battery die (I did provide them with my Battery Tender and even told them where it was located but they failed to use it). The new battery, a "Bike Master" I think, failed some months after the bike was a returned to me.

So, for me, its the OEM battery.

Why the local shop. I like supporting locals when I can and its closer than the Honda dealer. Second, when I went in to ask about purchasing a battery, they had battery charging station (for many batteries) on a shelf behind the counter. We discussed their charing process for new batteries and it seemed to fit with what I had read here for the proper way to activate a new battery.

So, Ridge Motorsports is now my source for replacement motorcycle batteries. They may cost a little more but I believe they understand the activation process and that should make the battery able to reach is designed life.
 

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