Main Motorcycle: 06 Thruxton
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Winter Park, FL USA
Other Motorcycle: '69 Bonneville
Extra Motorcycle: '71 Bonneville
In February, 2012, I bought a LIFE battery for my '06 Thruxton track bike. I was primarily looking for something that I did not have to keep on a maintenance charge. I bought the one recommended for it and it starts the bike crisply each time. I did not charge it but just installed it and it worked correctly from the beginning being charged only by the system on the bike.
After my last track day in March I removed the battery and placed it in a zip lock bag. I then stored it in the refrigerator per the manufacture's recommendations. This October I removed it from the fridge, placed it in the sun to warm, and, after a couple of hours, reinstalled it in the bike. It started crisply and repeatedly. After my trackday, I left it in the bike where it will remain until next summer when it gets too hot to ride.
I am so pleased with the storage aspects that I just bought another one for my '71 Bonneville that I am restoring. It too will face periods of non-use so this will work out perfect for it.
Of course, only time will tell if the cost of these batteries will be justified by their longevity. If they only last a couple of years that will be a notable down side.
One additional point. For me the main advantage of these batteries is that they do not require a maintenance charge. I have a friend with a Street Triple. He was, in fact, the one who introduced me to this idea. What he has found is that if he lets his bike sit for an extended period the battery will go dead and the bike will not start. It won't even push start because it is a computer bike and once the voltage is drug down below a certain level by the on-board electronics, they will not function due to low voltage.
So, if you have a computer bike that you do no ride regularly you may find that you have to keep it on trickle charge anyway which, for me, kind'a defeats the purpose of the whole thing.