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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Wanderer View Post
    ... $89 at Digikey but compared to $158 at Newark here in Canada, still a good deal!
    I got my Panasonic here in Canada for about $90. Send me 10 bucks and I'll tell you where.


    To be honest I've forgotten where I bought it but try Polar Battery on Boundary road in Burnaby.

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    I have a very strong opinion about Odyssey batteries. I have one in my R1150R which I suspect is on borrowed time (6 years), one in my F650GS, and one in my Chevy truck.
    '03 R1150R, '03 F650GS, '97DR200SE,'78 Honda CT-90, '77Honda CT-90

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    MrCrab where did you find the UB12220 for $45? The one in my 1150RT is dying. Clock resets at every restart.

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    I got it at Buy.com. Put UB12220 in the search box at the top and several come up. If I remember right I picked the first one. No problems with the transaction and they even shipped it priority mail from NY to AZ, so it came in a couple days.

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    No problems with the transaction and they even shipped it priority mail from NY to AZ, so it came in a couple days.
    Most likely shipped from www.batterysharks.com in Rhinebeck, NY. Link to the UB12220 is here

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    I think that Batterysharks is going to charge for shipping

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    How about the PC 680, will it fit in the 1150RT? Also found the new Shorei for $184 and free shipping.

    Decisions decisions.....

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    I believe the 680 is the one for the R1150R. Its been a long time.
    '03 R1150R, '03 F650GS, '97DR200SE,'78 Honda CT-90, '77Honda CT-90

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    I put a PC680 in my R1150T-P (2004). It was not an exact fit, but the only real difference was that I had to bend brackets slightly, and that I could not utilize the "jump post" that comes on police models. It may have been an exact fit except for that. The battery works great. Incidentally, this bike has, for the entire time I've owned it, had a mysterious tendency to "blow it's own horn" at somewhat of a reduced db level, happened intermittently, always with ignition on and engine off. Went away with the new batt and hasn't come back.
    R75/6, 2004 R1150RTA.

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    If one wants to purchase the Panasonic, its available here for $70.

    http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-LC-X.../dp/B001XV9JDO

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    Thumbs up

    I've volunteered to be the "guinea pig" for using a Shorai (LFX21L6-BS12). I've noticed better starting, and no more ABS Low Battery Faults - even after repeated start attempts. It is an exact depth match to the 51319 spec (for depth), but does need a bit of padding on the bottom and side of the battery box to fill out the space and secure itself (no, I do not have pictures - I forgot to take them after getting the thing installed).

    Yes, I know about the 'cold start' issues, but it really doesn't get that cold down here in Central Texas. I'll try the recommended battery warm up procedure and starting on the coldest day we have this winter.

    As always, YMMV...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrab View Post

    So, the Panasonic battery that I bought when I started this tread almost 7 years ago has finally died, and in the interest of helping as all make informed decisions about things such as batteries, here's how it did.

    In that time it's gone about 50,000 miles.
    Possibly a silly question, but is the mileage relative to the life of the battery?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    Possibly a silly question, but is the mileage relative to the life of the battery?
    For sealed AGM batteries - yes indeed.

    The typical failure of AGM batteries is a mechanical failure - not a chemical failure. Usually they die when in interplate or intercell connector physically breaks. This happens because of vibration, jolts, jars, and bumps. It can happen early or it can happen late, but the more miles the more jolts.
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    To expand a little further on what Paul said. Odyssey makes two batteries. One for the general public and one that is rugged. For example, the oilheads use the Odyssey PC680. But, you can also order an Odyssey PC680MJ which is made with a metal jacket to reduce vibration and extend the life of the battery. You can see them here: .

    Here is what they say about the Odyssey PC680MJ: This battery offers the same power of the regular PC680 battery, but includes a special metal jacket. This jacket provides the battery with a slightly higher operating temperature range, more resistance to vibration, and protection against debris that may hit the battery when used in compatible applications. The jacket makes it slightly larger than the regular PC680 battery, increasing it's size by approximately 1/10 of an inch. The Odyssey PC680MJ battery combines in one box the characteristics of two separate batteries. It can deep cycle (be recharged) as well as provide enormous cranking power. Only Hawker Odyssey batteries are based on the same battery technology offered by Hawker to the military for aircraft and tank batteries. Odyssey batteries are of military grade and have endured rigorous tests that demonstrate their overall ruggedness and exceptional tolerance of mechanical abuse.

    If you want to buy a lead-acid battery look for a battery that has the highest dry weight. The higher the weight, the more lead is in the battery, and the longer it will last.

    When you store your bike for the Winter, make sure you hook it up with the correct battery tender. Letting your battery run down over the Winter will cause sulphation build up and this will reduce the life of the battery. You can read more about it here

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    Just saw one of these with the can removed yesterday. (It wouldn't fit with the can around it)

    For our application there is no risk of debris hitting the battery or temperature issues or excessive vibration. I wouldn't pay extra for a battery in a can for an oilhead. Just not necessary or practical.

    It was a nice can though. Would make a good battery box on an airhead!
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