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Batteries for the BMW K1200 LT

I have been doing some research for a replacement battery. Everyone seems to be having a wide range of results. My last battery was a $35 acid battery from Advance Auto Parts as a quick weekend resolution to a dead battery and has been going pretty well for more than a year. But, time to change it out to an AGM. My local battery distributor has a few really nice universals but I wasn't sure of the battery tray size and ended up finding this list. Note that the max with is 3.4 and the max length is 7.4. If these are good dimensions then the battery I am looking at will fit. Any thoughts?

I got this info on BatteryWeb.com
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Re: Batteries for the BMW K1200 LT

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I have been doing some research for a replacement battery. Everyone seems to be having a wide range of results. My last battery was a $35 acid battery from Advance Auto Parts as a quick weekend resolution to a dead battery and has been going pretty well for more than a year. But, time to change it out to an AGM. My local battery distributor has a few really nice universals but I wasn't sure of the battery tray size and ended up finding this list. Note that the max with is 3.4 and the max length is 7.4. If these are good dimensions then the battery I am looking at will fit. Any thoughts?

I got this info on BatteryWeb.com
Well I purchased a Panasonic AGM battery that has good reviews, price and so far has been perfect for my 05'

Here is the info:
The following order was placed with BatteryMart.com.
MAR-YTX16-BS-1
YTX16-BS-1 AGM Maintenance Free Battery $69.95

I have looked at the usual options of the Oddessy and OEM BMW batteries that were CONSIDERABLY more expensive and actually had a bit less capacity ! The only thing I did was enlarge the hole a little on one terminal for the factory screw to fit, but not a problem at all !! Give this one a look and I bet you will be happy with it.

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FWIW...I have the Odessy and am happy with its performance. 2+ years and still holding 14A...

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Oddessy is the best you can buy in my opinion. OEM lasted 30k Oddessy that replaced it now has 75k and has been completely dead twice. Overnight charge ready to go....

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Re: Batteries for the BMW K1200 LT

Here is a bit of news on my situation..
Two years and two months ago I replaced my BMW 'gel' battery, (it was becoming a bit sluggish).
The replacement unit from a discount battery retailer for around $100 au, this battery performed well until last weekend when I went to 'brush off a bit of corrosion and the whole earth terminal fell away from the battery..
Now here is the interesting bit, being a weekend, I dug out the old 'gel' battery, put it on the charger for a couple of hours and then fired the bike up.
All is well but have since replaced with a new unit..
The new unit cost me $108.00 au (wet battery) compared to a 'gel' unit for $280.00 au.. Hard to justify the price differential...
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Re: Batteries for the BMW K1200 LT

I would go with the Westco 12V20P. It has a 22AH rating. This will spin the LT's motor with no problems. I did have a Odyssey but noticed that it spun the motor slower than the stock battery.
Just my $.02.

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Re: Batteries for the BMW K1200 LT

I killed my first BMW battery (probably because I didn't have an optimate and didn't know about the impotence of leaving the bike in the 'locked' position)
Bought an Odessy and and optimate that did the job for ages.
Then I somehow killed the bike (wouldn't start) and the bike went to BMW (one of the last times I trusted them with it)
They replaced the battery with a BMW one and I demanded my Odessy back.
I keep the bike on charge unless touring and have waited for the BMW battery to die, but it has survived me leaving the lights on twice and really draining the battery. The Odessy charges, but never reads fully charged on the optimate.

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Re: Batteries for the BMW K1200 LT

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I would go with the Westco 12V20P. It has a 22AH rating. This will spin the LT's motor with no problems. I did have a Odyssey but noticed that it spun the motor slower than the stock battery.
Just my $.02.
i second the westco ,,when i needed a battery i ordered it on mon. showed up wed.
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Re: Batteries for the BMW K1200 LT

Cook1e,
Hadn't heard about keeping the bike in "locked" posistion. What's up with that? I assume it's leaving some circuits on???
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If the steering lock is on then all non-essential circuits are switched off, although there is still a slight drain - for items like the alarm, if fitted. The light in the top-box/trunk is switched off, for example, as is the rear accessory socket as well as the more-obvious radio system. Beware of going into the parking-light position as this will flatten the battery within eight hours, as I found when I came out of work one day. I got a jump-start and the gel battery recovered without a problem, is still in place and working fine.

I put my bike on charge if I haven't ridden it for a week or so. I'm not sure if it's absolutely necessary but I'm a belt-and-braces man!

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I'm hoping someone could tell me the actual size of the battery tray. My bike has been in the shop for the past week and I expect it to be there at least another so I can't measure it myself so I was hoping someone could give me the dimensions so I could pick up this battery while I am waiting to get it out of the shop.

I tore the center stand off after hitting something on the highway and it damaged the transmission. I'm having the the transmission and clutch replaced by the dealer. Got the tranny from ebay and now waiting on clutch parts to be ordered. Haven't ridden in 4 weeks. I'm going crazy. Maybe buying a new battery will at least keep me busy.

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Yep, like Rockdoc says, it switches off the electrics. I am thinking of removing the parking light as it is so easy to switch that on by mistake. Does anyone know if the sidelight circuit uses loads of power apart from the bulb?

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Hadn't heard about keeping the bike in "locked" posistion. What's up with that? I assume it's leaving some circuits on???

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Re: Batteries for the BMW K1200 LT

Here is an interesting one from Diversified Batteries; Powerstar PS-680 which purports to be an Odyssey clone for 42.00. Has anyone tried this?
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Re: Batteries for the BMW K1200 LT

If you find the answer I am going to have to avoid the temptation to look at the answer. I ended up taking mine back to the dealer for a new BMW gel battery. It spins up nicely now but I paid the most I have ever paid for a battery.

I was a little concerned about mating my BMW charger to an aftermarket replacement battery and yes, I know the charger is just a repackaged Battery Tender.

Time is money, too and having it swapped out at the dealer saved me some time.
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Here is an interesting one from Diversified Batteries; Powerstar PS-680 which purports to be an Odyssey clone for 42.00. Has anyone tried this?
I think that's the last battery I put in My LT before I sold it. I fairly certain it's the exact same battery as the Panasonic and Westco which is a relabled panasonic.

Was going on three years old and was working just fine.

Got mine at the local battery warehouse. I think it was 36.00 or something like that.

I think the biggest difference between the most expensive and least expensive it the ability to recover from stupid mistakes. Letting it run flat, etc... If you keep it charged and don't abuse it too much the less expensive battery will be just fine.



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