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I need a new battery for my K1200LT (2003). Can I purchase a regular bike battery from Costco. Battery retailers or go with the reccomendations in manual to use BMW supplied battery. Any info would be appreciated.....
 

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curtamus said:
I need a new battery for my K1200LT (2003). Can I purchase a regular bike battery from Costco. Battery retailers or go with the reccomendations in manual to use BMW supplied battery. Any info would be appreciated.....
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And the criteria is . . .?

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curtamus said:
I need a new battery for my K1200LT (2003). Can I purchase a regular bike battery from Costco. Battery retailers or go with the reccomendations in manual to use BMW supplied battery. Any info would be appreciated.....
About 4 months ago I bought an Odyssey from Amazon for $114. See if it is still listed on there. Mine has been great so far!
 

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This is starting to sound like an oil or tire thread; advice and opinions but no basis in supporting fact. We even have a one-word answer to an 'either - or' question :) Could it be that we have stumbled onto another topic that will generate the amazing levels of debate that tires and oil do? :eek:

The way I see it, two things need to come up as concerns for this topic to really become a tire/oil equivalent:

1. how will the 'wrong' battery kill you

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2. how the 'wrong' battery will turn your LT into a smoldering pile of ash!

:corn:
At least I can dream...
 

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copperstatetour said:
This is starting to sound like an oil or tire thread; advice and opinions but no basis in supporting fact. We even have a one-word answer to an 'either - or' question :) Could it be that we have stumbled onto another topic that will generate the amazing levels of debate that tires and oil do? :eek:

The way I see it, two things need to come up as concerns for this topic to really become a tire/oil equivalent:

1. how will the 'wrong' battery kill you

-and-

2. how the 'wrong' battery will turn your LT into a smoldering pile of ash!

:corn:
At least I can dream...
+1 & well said.


I'll take some too! :corn:
 

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Sometimes the best advice needs few words...Odyssey (but jeez, the last one I bought cost 80 bucks...must've lasted a while...and was still going strong a month ago).
 

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Don't care what brand battery you buy.
But would suggest atleast

680 cranking amps for 5 seconds
595 cranking amps for 10 seconds
525 cranking amps for 20 seconds
17 amp hours
Short circuit current over 1800A
25 minute reserve capacity with 25amp load
2 year full warranty
Rugged Drycell sealed design
Military grade
Vibration resistant
60% more starting power
Deep discharge reserve power
2 year storage life
8-12 year design life
Can be mounted flat or upright
:D
 

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Curtamus,

I'm not an expert on batteries, (I'm a semi-retired Mechanical Engineer not an Electrical) but, I can tell you that I've got a 2003 that I bought new in 2004 and I'm still running the original BMW gel battery and it starts with no problem even at 35 degrees last fall and this spring (after the winter that never happened). I'm not sure if the battery was installed in '03 or '04 (since the bike was a left-over from '03 (with zero miles on it), but it has a minimum of 8 years on it and 56,000 miles. I only use my battery tender if the bike has not been driven for about three to four weeks during the off season (I'm in Minneapolis so the winter can be anywhere from two to five months). Until the middle of last summer when I retired, I used the LT as my daily commuter so it saw a lot of starts with short (~15 mile trips) in addition to a few long vacation trips and the weekend or after work 200-300 mile ride.

So, when I do replace it, I will most likely go with the BMW battery even if it does cost a bit more. It seems to me that from a value stand point it's hard to beat the performance of the BMW battery!!

I've never had an auto battery that has lasted this long.

I would be interested if anyone has seen any better performance from any other battery types??

Hope this helps

Harv
 

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curtamus said:
I need a new battery for my K1200LT (2003). Can I purchase a regular bike battery from Costco. Battery retailers or go with the reccomendations in manual to use BMW supplied battery. Any info would be appreciated.....
Funny you should ask about batteries; just yesterday I installed a Westco from Beemer Boneyard. It was about $90 delivered; ordered it Wed, got it on Thurs... nice. But I see that you're in the Great White North... take off 'ay.
 

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WestCo Battery sold by
http://www.apexbattery.com/bmw-k120...cycle-batteries-bmw-motorcycle-batteries.html

just my humble opinion having replaced my original oem battery after only about 3 or 4 years (bought my LT July 99),,purchased 1st WestCo replacement battery around93 or 94 .. was till cranking, albeit a bit slower until I finally decided to replace it last year, Jan. 2011... use my bike quite a bit (121K and counting), don't use tender much, but to have a battery last 7 years or so not bad .. hope to get another 6 or 7 years on 2nd battery .. I paid only $111.95 (free shipping) last year, I see it now sells for $147.50 .. with my experience, I would still pay that price ..
 

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From chapter 8 in Clymers (Electrical System - Engine). Starting with December 2002 production models, the 17AH battery was phased out. From this date on, all models were equipped with the 19AH battery. The Gel battery can be used in early models, a replacement 19AH conventional battery is available. In the genuine BMW repair manual in the Engine Electrics section, a view from above the battery shows a conventional flooded lead acid battery. My '05 cam new with an Exide maintenace free, sealed lead acid battery (book also with original BMW documentation). This original battery lasted 2 1/2 years according to the original owner. Batteries, oil, tyres (tires), all cause more questions than answers ;)
 

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katnapinn said:
The Odyssey battery pc680 is by far the best one for the K1200LT
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The Shuriken certainly looks to have the goods, plenty of cranking amps. I wonder what the life expectancy is like ? Mostly reviewed by Audio people, but I note the distributor ships to Oz, certainly a great price, even allowing for postage.
 

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Based on my experience of LT it is much more important how one takes care of the battery - the brand is irrelevant if you let the battery deep discharge (which is easy with LT). So keeping the bike connected to (intelligent) trickle charger one really copes with whatever "normal" battery. If your battery lasts 5 years instead of 4 but costs 25% more the benefit gained is 0...
 
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