Originally Posted by KCinWhitby
I bought my 2007 S3 and it has a Shorai 18A Lithium battery. Come late November here in Ontario Canada, we consitently get weather under 40 farenheit. I could not seem to figure out how to get it to start. Left lights on for 10 minutes once and it still only turned for a second and died. I can't believe they expect us to wait 5-10 minutes before starting our bike. When I want to ride, I want to ride. It was really frustrating to me and I'll be replacing it with a normal battery. At least for cold months.
We just had one of our coldest nights of the year...granted, that means it was only in the low 40's but hey, it's California...
Not sure what the temp was this morning, but it was cold enough half the florescent lights in my garage wouldn't come on.
Bike had been sitting, no charger, for a week or more since I last started it. (sad, yes, but it is what it is) I left the lights on for a couple minutes and tried it. Very slow crank, so I stopped and left if for another minute. Faster, but not fast enough. I stopped again. About 30 seconds more waiting and I tried it. Fast, almost, but not quite. Another 30 seconds waiting and it fired up.
Of course that whole routine is only after it's been sitting at least over night. It'll fire right up the rest of the day. And this bike ('06 S3) has always been hard to start even with a new agm battery.
if I lived somewhere that got much colder I might be inclined to ditch the Shorai as well, but over all I'm not worried about it. Sometimes it takes a little coaxing, but I've never had a no-start from it, while I have had several no-starts from my traditional batteries in this bike.