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Hi Guys,looks like I may be getting a 05 F4. I want to put a new battery in, and have had good luck with the Yuasa brand. Are most of you using oem or after market? I will be using a tender of course, just wanted to see what the norm was out there. Thanks JS


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-30-2009, 10:54 PM
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Check out Motowheels speedcell.

Cheapest 5-7 lb weight reduction available

Ask Martin or Matt about its application for the MV
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Looks great, but at $250 I'll wait until the battery needs changing. How long do they last under normal use?
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If I remember correctly the discharge rate is 1-2% per year....so they don't recommend nor do you need a bat tender.... overall it sounds like a good battery. It can be charged if needed.

Granted it's not a loss of unsprung weight but money spent for lbs lost it is hard to beat.
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I have been happy with Yuasa batteries for many years. The MF type Yuasa in my old Yamaha 600 lasted 8 years. I have a 3 year old Yuasa MF type in my SV 650 track bike that was a cast off, supposedly dead, from a dealer. I resurrected it with an OptiMate III charger (about a week on the charger) and has now been starting my SV reliably for over a year.

My MV is now approaching 2 years in service. I do not think I will need to replace the battery for many more years.

The key is proper use of a proper charger for this type battery.

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I have been happy with Yuasa batteries for many years. The MF type Yuasa in my old Yamaha 600 lasted 8 years. I have a 3 year old Yuasa MF type in my SV 650 track bike that was a cast off, supposedly dead, from a dealer. I resurrected it with an OptiMate III charger (about a week on the charger) and has now been starting my SV reliably for over a year.

My MV is now approaching 2 years in service. I do not think I will need to replace the battery for many more years.

The key is proper use of a proper charger for this type battery.
What is the proper use of the battery charger? I've never used one on the bikes I own.
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Proper use means a maintenance type charger used whenever the bike is sitting for more then 30 day unused (or less if an active alarm is fitted). You should not need to hook it up every time you park the bike for a few days or a week, but if the bike has been sitting a month unused then it is time.

The real key is proper charger. Current AGM Maintenance Free batteries benefit from a charger that uses low current and can determine if the battery needs a de-sulfating voltage (higher then 12v, typically 16~20) through monitoring resistance in the battery.

Your typical "trickle" charger, is OK, but only if less than 1 amp charge rate (MV battery calls for 0.9 amp). Any automotive type charger is a very bad choice for your MF motorcycle battery.

I have found the OptiMate III charger is excellent. I think it has been updated and is now an OptiMate 4, but regardless, a "smart" charger. There are some others, but this one is reasonably priced and works very well.

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Battery tender

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Thanks for the tip on proper use of tender. This Texas heat has been heatin up mine. Had a spill so lucky I had one to keep the battery up to snuff. That's what I thought was the proper way. Just every once in awhile on the tender. Thanx, Dave
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When you hook up the tender leave it on until you ride again. Unless your charger is an automatic type with indicators, there is no way to tell when the battery is fully charged and it can take days.

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$250 for a battery Just don't eat a big lunch, that'll save you a couple of lbs
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