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#1 Alc ONLINE  

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Posted June 18, 2013 - 05:41 AM

Last year my wife wanted a small motorcycle to ride and get her license on  so I bought her a  used Honda Rebel 250 ,   it looks like it's going to need a new battery (  without a kick starter I don't trust it for her )  Is there any brand that is better then another or buy the cheapest and just change it out every other year or so ?


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Posted June 18, 2013 - 07:47 AM

No, I would not get the cheapest battery. A cheap one would be more likely to leave you stranded even if you changed it out every year.  I usually get my batteries from Batteries Plus. I also keep the bike on a battery tender when I'm not riding.  You can connect a pig tail to the battery and run it out so the end is convenient to just plug in to the tender when you get home and park it.


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Posted June 18, 2013 - 09:28 AM

Those battery tender are nice to have and appears to charge the battery at just the right amount without harming the battery.

 

 

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Posted June 18, 2013 - 09:37 AM

If it's not a "smart" tender, then best to unplug them a week, plugged in a week, and so on.  A smart charger turns itself on & off to prevent constant charging, which can lead to sulfation.  I've just been using Walmart batteries in my bikes & ATV the last several years & have great service from them.  Used to I would buy the higher priced brands but get no better life from them at 50% more $'s.


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Posted June 18, 2013 - 12:10 PM

Daniel is right use the smart tenders.  I have a couple of them and I use them to charge tractor batteries that come in low on charge.  It takes it a while but I feel I get a better charge and is better for the battery.


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Posted June 18, 2013 - 12:15 PM

My two cents.. I buy harley batteries for my Harley.. I got 7 years out of the last battery. I will buy another harley battery at 10 percent more then any others.  My buddies buy cheap batteries and they get 3 years out of them.. Now.. How they maintain them (battery tender or what else) i'm not sure. I use a tender that turns off. I use em all winter. 


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Posted June 19, 2013 - 05:46 AM

Thanks for all the info .The battery is junk and after looking on the web last night there seems to be limited brands , heck Sears didn't list one lol . Autozone & Advance have them ,they aren't very $ at $39 I was thinking it was going to be a lot more because my son has gotten a few batteries this year but those were for bigger batteries






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