Fact or Fiction - BMW Luxury Touring Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:33 am Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
JepsenG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ada, MI, USA
Posts: 18
Fact or Fiction on Battery choice

I think I am due for a new battery. The stocker is listed at 17ah with only 100 cca. I can find all kinds of replacements listed at everything from 17ah to 22ah and up to over 300 cca. Is there any advantage to going with a battery rated for more ah or cca than the original equipment? I know lots of people like the Odyssey, but I can find lots of batteries with more ah for less money.

Gary Jepsen Ada, Michigan

2005 K1200LT
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Previous Bikes
2003 Yamaha FJR 1300
2000 Yamaha VMax
1974 Suzuki GT750 LeMans (Water Buffalo)
1980 Kawasaki 440 LTD
1978 Yamaha XS500
1986 Kawasaki KLR 600
1970 Suzuki GT250 Hustler
1973 Suzuki RV90 Rover
1969 Suzuki TrailHopper

Last edited by JepsenG; Apr 2nd, 2010 at 11:45 am.
JepsenG is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 11:44 am
Lifetime Supporter
 
BennyBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Round Rock, TX, USA
Posts: 2,017
Re: Fact or Fiction

I went with the WestCo 19ah battery and am very pleased. Nor sure if it's better than the Odyssey, but at about 1/2 the price, for an AGM battery I'm betting it lasts at least 75% as long, making it a better value.

Benny C. (Central Texas)
2001 LTC Pacific Blue (Babe...the blue ox)
1986 Kawasaki Concours (Connie) sold
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
BennyBob is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 12:40 pm
Senior Member
 
JPSpen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Jones, OK, USA
Posts: 3,525
Re: Fact or Fiction

As long as the physical size of the battery will fit, There is no reason not to have a better battery.... I just gives you more capacity...


John

Live and direct from the new earthquake capitol of the U.S. Jones, Oklahoma
08 Can-Am Spyder (Miss Lindy's)
03 R1200CLC Capri Blue "Flipper"
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

01 R1100RT Glacier Blue "Lucky"
91 R100GS "It'sNotAMoneyPit"
The voices in my head may not be real, But they have some good ideas!


"I like the wind in my face and Boobies on my back. No, Wait, I got that backwards"

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
JPSpen is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 1:05 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
JepsenG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ada, MI, USA
Posts: 18
Re: Fact or Fiction

My question is really whether I would gain anything by getting the higher ah battery. For example, if I were to leave my lights on, would the higher ah battery allow me more time before it would not start the bike, or not? Or, would the higher ah battery be more tolerant of the parasitic load of my alarm than a battery with a lower ah rating?

Gary Jepsen Ada, Michigan

2005 K1200LT
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Previous Bikes
2003 Yamaha FJR 1300
2000 Yamaha VMax
1974 Suzuki GT750 LeMans (Water Buffalo)
1980 Kawasaki 440 LTD
1978 Yamaha XS500
1986 Kawasaki KLR 600
1970 Suzuki GT250 Hustler
1973 Suzuki RV90 Rover
1969 Suzuki TrailHopper
JepsenG is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old Apr 3rd, 2010, 7:07 pm
Senior Member
 
RiderRay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Brewster, NY, USA
Posts: 747
Re: Fact or Fiction

This will be my third season with this battery in my 99LT. I keep it in the bike on a battery tender all winter long and it is still going strong. Both of my sons have them in their sport bikes too and are very happy with them,

http://ebatteriestogo.com/merchant2/...uct_Code=40696

Ray Rau
Brewster, NY
'99 LT - Champagne
RiderRay is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old Apr 3rd, 2010, 8:27 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: MARCO ISLAND, FL, W. NC USA
Posts: 1,178
Re: Fact or Fiction on Battery choice

Quote:
Originally Posted by JepsenG
I think I am due for a new battery. The stocker is listed at 17ah with only 100 cca. I can find all kinds of replacements listed at everything from 17ah to 22ah and up to over 300 cca. Is there any advantage to going with a battery rated for more ah or cca than the original equipment? I know lots of people like the Odyssey, but I can find lots of batteries with more ah for less money.
For the 2005 & up LT bikes I like the AGM. After searching, I settled for the Odyssey, about $113.00 delivered after free ship coupon. I was impressed with it, it is a heavy duty battery.
A hint I learned some time ago was to compare the ACTUAL weight of the battery, the heavier the more lead.
BE CAREFUL on the "Odyssey or WestCo equivalent" batteries on line, they will trick you, they cost little and are junk.

2013 BMW Damask Red K1600GTL
2014 BMW K1600GTL-E EXCLUSIVE
2001 Honda C-250 Helix
SOLD 2006 BMW K-1200LT "The Manatee"

Smokin'


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
SmokinJoe is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old Apr 3rd, 2010, 9:18 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Lafayette, IN,
Posts: 244
Re: Fact or Fiction on Battery choice

Quote:
Originally Posted by JepsenG
I think I am due for a new battery. The stocker is listed at 17ah with only 100 cca. I can find all kinds of replacements listed at everything from 17ah to 22ah and up to over 300 cca. Is there any advantage to going with a battery rated for more ah or cca than the original equipment? I know lots of people like the Odyssey, but I can find lots of batteries with more ah for less money.

Well I reviewed many options, the BMW gel replacement, Odyssey and others.. I finally settled on a Panasonic that I believe is rated with 1ah more than the Odyssey. The battery to date has performed flawlessly, but like most others I also keep the LT on a Battery Tender when not in use. The Panasonic was a better price than either of the others and I feel it is a great value for the $$. FYI here is the site where I ordered mine.. Not advertising, just where I purchased it..
http://www.gotbatteries.com/index.ph...5&sID=34L105S6

Bill
__________________
'05 LT
'03 Aprilia Capo
'00 1500 Intruder - gone but not forgotten
KLR650
Looking for the next machine :<)
Lafayette, Indiana
billd is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
O2 Sensor Replacement - Placebo Effect (and another interesting fact)? hallzee K1200LT 13 Jan 24th, 2010 10:32 am
Fact or Fallacy? cws Chit Chat 4 Feb 1st, 2008 10:39 am
Rumor or Fact? jpalamaro K1200/1300GT (The Next Generation) 1 Jan 26th, 2007 9:16 am
Interesting fact about Las Vegas BobShirley Humor 1 Sep 19th, 2006 12:44 am

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome