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post #1 of 22 Old 08-28-2019, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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A rarely mentioned upgrade...

I've used Shorai batteries on my last two bikes and have had no problem. A little more cost, but lighter weight and a discharge rate that negates the need for hooking my bike up to a charger during the winter months.
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I agree with ya! One of the best things you can do as you can leave the bike sitting for weeks without a worry
Of a flat battery.
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...you can leave the bike sitting for weeks without a worry
Of a flat battery.
Dude, the mere thought of not riding for weeks gives me a case of hives!
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Well I've got more than one bike
But yep Im the same like to be out riding as much as possible.

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Dude, the mere thought of not riding for weeks gives me a case of hives!
The winters in Utah can leave the roads with snow, ice, water and/or salt for weeks at a time. Not to mention high temps in the 20s or 30sF.

I'm not man enough for that kind of adversity, nor do I want to subject my bike to it.
So... it remains in the shed for potentially weeks on end.
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Yep, I almost always switch out to lithium, in fact I just tried to put a Shorai from my recently sold KTM into the GSXS, but it was too tall to fit.
I used to use Ballistic Lithiums but it seems they went out of business. Now these new Shorais seem to be approximating the dimensions of the original battery ( but still the light weight ), whereas the Ballistics were smaller and would fit most any bike.
Anyway, easy way to lose 5+ pounds..
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The winters in Utah can leave the roads with snow, ice, water and/or salt for weeks at a time. Not to mention high temps in the 20s or 30sF.

I'm not man enough for that kind of adversity, nor do I want to subject my bike to it.
So... it remains in the shed for potentially weeks on end.
In Ottawa last winter, we got a few dumpings of 12 inches of snow, and more -40 days than I'd like to see in a lifetime!

No judgement from me lol. People struggle to drive cars well enough in the cold alone, no way I'd feel safe enough on the bike even if I was somehow man enough!

Anyways would a lithium hold up well enough over 4 months to not need a trickle charger or something? I usually pull them and leave them inside anyways, though my bike is in a heated garage.
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In Ottawa last winter, we got a few dumpings of 12 inches of snow, and more -40 days than I'd like to see in a lifetime!

No judgement from me lol. People struggle to drive cars well enough in the cold alone, no way I'd feel safe enough on the bike even if I was somehow man enough!

Anyways would a lithium hold up well enough over 4 months to not need a trickle charger or something? I usually pull them and leave them inside anyways, though my bike is in a heated garage.
I think it would be ok , especially if you are pulling it. I've left mine in the bike and connected for probably 2 months or so without any problems.
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I run Anti-Gravity Lithium batteries in both of my bikes. This past Winter started mid-October, and never really ended until early April. Bikes were stored in a heated garage (50 degrees) from roughly October 20th until mid-April. Both bikes fired right up as batteries held the charge. Both are also smaller and significantly lighter than OEM.
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I Google-fu for my own question, about how long they last, pulled from the bike, and shorai's own words "Holds unloaded charge for one year without maintenance".

So yes. Yes they will absolutely be good over winter with no charging, for anyone else wondering!
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