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I put a Shorai lithium iron phosphate battery in my Ducati around 2010. It was expensive, but super small and lightweight. I rode it for a year or two, then things happened and I had it in storage for a year. Pulled it out and hit the button and it started right up. I was impressed.
Rode it for a year or two then it went back into unplanned storage. As near as I can remember that was at least 6 years ago. Pulled it out expecting the worst. On a lark I put a meter on the battery and it read 13 volts. Got the keys and gave it a try, and I'll be damned if that battery didn't spin the motor over. Maybe a little slow, but plenty good enough. I'll have to drain the bad gas and probably clean up the carbs, but I was blown away that the battery was fine with sitting for years with no tender, or any charging. I'm sold on these batteries.
 

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I heard they were good, but not that good.
 

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That's pretty impressive eve if the Ducati doesn't have any parasitic draw. And they don't seem to be terribly expensive.
 

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Only if they are compromised internally, and that usually only happens with improper charging or with physical deformation. AFAIK a lithium battery in good condition left on its own is unlikely to fail catastrophically.
 

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Aren`t the Lithium batteries the ones that tend to erupt in flames?
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Lithium ion are the ones you see in flames, and as was said, something has to happen to set them off. Over charging, physical damage, etc. This is a lithium iron phosphate. Never seen anything about them going up in flames, but you always have to be aware of anything with high energy density. Even a lead acid will explode if you do something stupid to it. (don't ask me how I know about that 🤡 )

That's pretty impressive eve if the Ducati doesn't have any parasitic draw. And they don't seem to be terribly expensive.
Yeah, the price has come down a bunch, now it's a no brainer for anything that sits around.
 

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I will have to give one of these batteries a consideration if I ever buy another one. Just bought a Decca A.G.M. last year, and I got 7 years worth out of the previous one. By the time it dies, I will probabaly have given up motorcycles, one way or another. Says they are very light, and made in China. Could not find out which battery works in a 2006 Gold Wing. Seem to be comparable in price to a good A.G.M. battery.
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I will have to give one of these batteries a consideration if I ever buy another one. Just bought a Decca A.G.M. last year, and I got 7 years worth out of the previous one. By the time it dies, I will probabaly have given up motorcycles, one way or another. Says they are very light, and made in China. Could not find out which battery works in a 2006 Gold Wing. Seem to be comparable in price to a good A.G.M. battery.
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I found one that fits the GL1800 but it is expensive. Shorai LFX36L3-BS12 Lithium-Iron Battery
 

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Wonder how these work in the colder climates, and with a standard car alternator? Checked out DaveO430 ,web site. Had heard a special battery tender was required.
 

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Wonder how these work in the colder climates, and with a standard car alternator? Checked out DaveO430 ,web site. Had heard a special battery tender was required.
On another site , amazon I think, it showed a Deltron battery tender junior as the charger to use with those.
 

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I only buy Lipo batteries now. I'm using one to swap between bikes and cars - 1500, Swift, Bullet, Reliant... it's half the size of the 1500's battery, a lot lighter and spins it over with ease.
 

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You're joking, right? Aren't those the ones that do burst into flames? They make fire-proof cases to store them in.

I may be looking into lithium. My relatively new Yuasa AGM failed to start the bike this afternoon.
 

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You're joking, right? Aren't those the ones that do burst into flames? They make fire-proof cases to store them in.
The shop I go to stores them en masse in cardboard boxes 🤷‍♂️
The batteries are fine unless you put them in a fire or pierce them.
 
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