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I have an 83 GL1100 and I went with the odyssey battery. It is a zero maintenance battery and has no liquid in it. I did not have to charge it and it was almost at 12.9 volts out of the box.

I got it from an ebay seller. Let me know if you need more info.

I am not going back to a liquid acid bettery again.
 

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Goldwinger 1984: Where can we find one of these batteries? Are they readily available through a major chain such as Canadian Tire et al?
 

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Many bikes come with sealed batteries when new. A problem with batteries now is that many manufacturers won't ship them empty (ie the acid comes seperately and the bike shop puts it into the battery) for safety reasons so by the time you get the bike that battery may have been filled6 months previously. This of course means the owner of the new bike will get 6 months less life from the battery.
 

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The odyysey battery does not have liquid acid in it so 6 months sitting on the shelf is not a concern. I think that battery comes with a 3 year warranty.

You don't even need to trickle charge it over the winter.

I hope that helps..
 
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