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    Shake n Bake
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    Best battery

    I've decided to to push the boat out and throw caution to the wind and splash out on a new battery.

    The bike and battery have been sitting in the garage over the winter and without any heating in the garage I simple don't trust it to last another season.

    Reading the numerous threads on the subject it seems that the YTX14BS is quite a popular grade (please feel free to disagree). Is there a particular brand that would make a difference or are the same grade batteries all the same?

    Where do you good people go to get your batteries?

    How easy is it to fill a battery with the gel packs? I have visions of spilling the stuff all over the place and covering my hands with sulphuric acid?

    Cheers

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    Go for the battery with the highest specification you can afford.

    Westco Motorcycle Battery
    Voltage: 12V
    Capacity: 12Ah
    Cold Cranking: 180CCA
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    Dimensions(mm)
    152 x 87 x 130

    Varta LF 510 012 (YTX12-BS)
    12V 10Ah
    90A Cold crank current (EN)
    Terminal layout: 1
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    So compare specs , I use www.tayna.co.uk for my batteries

    Dimensions(mm)
    152 Long 88 Wide 131 High (incl.terminals)

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    One Liter Duc Eater
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    EXIDE ETX14-BS on mine

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    Westco from Tanya is unbeatable for quality/value.

    However, I'm a cheapskate fooker and bought a Numax off Ebay for 30 and it's great value for money.

    It'll be dead in just over 16 months so I'll feel much better knowing I saved loadsa money. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by amb67 View Post
    Westco from Tanya is unbeatable for quality/value.

    However, I'm a cheapskate fooker and bought a Numax off Ebay for 30 and it's great value for money.

    It'll be dead in just over 16 months so I'll feel much better knowing I saved loadsa money
    . LOL
    But then you'll have to go buy another buying cheap gear aren't you risking premature failure false economy imo

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    If it goes in under 12 months then it's warranty so they'll pay.

    Anything past 12 months is a bonus in my books!!

    I've been down this route before and TBH I'd rather have the money in my pocket than tied up in an overpriced battery.

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    Fair enough, each to their own i guess

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    amb67
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprocker View Post
    Fair enough, each to their own i guess
    I keep my bike in tip top condition Sprocker and I always buy the best I can afford. However, with batteries I've done the 90 battery route and it lasted no longer than the previous 40 special.

    Once bitten twice shy I suppose.

    PS. I always bin my batteries at the first sign of an issue, cheaper than fooking about with a sprag.

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