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I bought a 99 GW about 2 months ago. I have checked out the other forums along with this one. Seems like a great group of guys and gals that know their stuff. So when I have questions I come here.



After leaving my G/W sit for a week, the battery went down. To that to me is it is time to get a new battery.



I normally just go to Walmart and buy a battery off the shelf.



I plan to keep the G/W for the rest of my life (I am 63), so I want to put the best parts on it.



Are there any preferred batteries? If so, why you do you preferthe battery?



My take on life is you normally get what you pay for.
 

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Could be a weak or bad battery as you say. For me.... I go with the Yuasa battery. Others have found batteries at Wally World that seem to work fine.
I would also be suspicious of a possible parasitic load = a small draw on the battery when parked and everything is turned off. Most of the time these are from added accessories, but there have been remote cases when there is a load such as this from a problem with the origional electrical system.
 

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I am running a WalMart battery, installedover a year ago,I have had no problems with it so far. The 1500 has sat over a month this summer between being run, to hot for my COPD to handle, always starts right up. Mel
 

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I had problems with the Ever-Start batteries in both my truck and my bike.

I bought a Yusa and and use a battery tender and havent had a problem since.
 

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I have had good service from the original Yuasa batteries. However, I usually replace them with a Deka AGM sealed battery. The Big Crank battery sold by Battery Mart is also a Deka battery. The Westco SVR AGM sealed battery is a Deka battery. Both are made by East-Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Lyon Station, PA.

I have been using Deka batteries in motorcycles, autos and lawn tractors for many years with good performance and service.

Plus they are considerably cheaper in cost (not quality) than many other brands of batteries.
 

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DBohrer, good information. I am ready to switch on my next battery.

To my surprise I had an EverStart last 6 1/2 years in my 4-cylinder S-10. They never lasted more than 3-years in my Goldwings and I do not use a battery tender.
 

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I consistently get four years with whatever Farm Fleet and Ace Hardware sell and they are both cheaper than Walmart. With Yuasa and Diehard I have experienced less than a year with both and haven't gone back to either since. I like the idea of a gel cell though and it's probably worth the extra money to have it sealed. My Miata's gel battery is in its 12th year.
 

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So far, for me, Yuasa has been the most reliable and longest lasting. They did have a run of bad batteries back in the late '80s but have long since worked that out.

I get the OEM from the local Honda shop for around $55.00.
 

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I see the PC 680 MJ is a 17-amp hour battery. The GL1500 Gold Wing is designed for a 20-amp hour battery.
 

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I had a yuasa that was twelve years old and when I sold the bike it was still in it and still working fine.
 

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I've used WalMart batteries with no problems. In winter, always plug in the Battery Tender. Cold starts will wear a battery down. Of course in Mexico, do you EVER have winter? lol
 

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William_86: Your link says the cables need to be re-routed. How much re-routing is necessary?
Thanks.
none the battery comes with adaptors that let you use your exsisting cables without modding them. on my 1200 wing i had to bend the metal part some ( not much ) and just bolted it to the top of the battery
 

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Due to what you said, it sounds like you want quality - Walmart batteries are not the answer... My favorite is a sealed gel Interstate, costs around $82 including shipping - comes with a great warranty! Enjoy your ride!
 

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I have a AGM that died while cranking my project bike.
It's called Xtreme, dont know who makes it.

The PO gave me a Yuasa that had been sitting for nine years.
I topped it off with distilled water and put it on the battery tender.
After 2 days the green light charged came on. It cranks my 1100 fine and seems to be pretty healthy.
Yuasa and plugged into a tender every day for me.
 

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William_86 mentions the Oddesy as a good choice. which it is. I think one thing That William_86 might be overlooking is the that the oddesy's advertisement states that it's a military grade battery. That's just sale lingo for AGM.. A way overpriced AGM battery at that! AGM battries can be purchased for $55.00us @ walmart.. For those that dont know, AGM is short For, ABSORBED GLASS MAT.. The electrolyte in these battries is absorbed by fiberglass. which make them lighter than a lead acid battery. And no vent tube is needed. They do outlast the traditional battries we all have used. AGM has the most amp hours in a battery of it's size. Yes, the military does use these batteries for thier long life and dependability. But who wants to pay what the military pays. for the same benefit?... the use of "Military Grade" when seen in battery ads. is just a selling point. i have a lead acid walmart battery in my 1100 interstate. but will be replacing it this winter. With a "Walmart Grade" AGM battery... knowbuddy
 

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I tried the Walmart batteries, and ended up taking them back for a partial refund, about every 6 months or so. I finally got fed-up and purchased a $100 Yuasa, sealed AGM battery. Best hundred I've ever spent.
 
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