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Old 04-26-2012, 12:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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R3T Replacement Battery

OK.

My OEM Battery on my 09 R3T is still working OK, but I have no desire to be stranded one day when it goes belly up, so I'm looking to prophylactically replace it.

I have focused on the Scorpion YTX20HL-BS (YTX20HL-BS Scorpion 12 Volt Powersport Battery) but have recently become intrigued by the Shorai LFX24L3-BS12 (ShoraiUsa - LFX24L3-BS12). The most amazing thing is the weight reduction for the Shorai, from 14.3 pounds to 3.97 pounds. The Shorai claims 360 CCA, while the Scorpion claims 310 CCA.

Has anyone used either of these? Will either or both fit the R3T (the Shorai website lists it for the R3, but no separate mention of the R3T)?

Of course, the price difference is RIDICULOUS (88.00 shipped for the Scorpion v. $249.93 for the Shorai), does anyone think it's justified for the higher CCA rating and lighter weight? I live in a warm climate (Sunny South Florida), so cold starts do not concern me. I rarely (but occasionally) have to start the bike in temps below 60 degrees.

Please let me have your opinions. Also, if anyone thinks there is a better solution for the R3T besides these two, please clue me in.

Thanks!

(PS I saw in a searched thread that Wayne (Power-Tripp) was a Shorai dealer. If he sees this, and can respond, I'd consider it a favor, as well as probably gospel. Thanks.)
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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my brother has a '55 plate 2006 rocket and is still on the same battery from new,
get the battery checked by a professional battery checker and save yourself some dosh :-)
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Had a harley scorpion for a couple of years now.
Wifes finally went out on her '05 red Rocket this year
so I replaced it with another scorpion.
good battery's as far as I can tell.
Mine set outside all winter,
then 1 day on the trickle charger and she's good to go again.
Haven't tried the other one you mentioned.
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I replaced my battery after five years for the same reason. The one I had was working fine but the thought of being stranded did not appeal to me. I think paying that much for a battery to reduce weight seems a bit much. I think a slightly heavier battery will work fine and you can pocket the difference.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I replaced my battery after five years for the same reason. The one I had was working fine but the thought of being stranded did not appeal to me. I think paying that much for a battery to reduce weight seems a bit much. I think a slightly heavier battery will work fine and you can pocket the difference.
5 years is pretty good life for a battery.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I got tired of changing batteries every couple of years on all of my seasonal toys. The boat, both tractors, my collector cars and my bikes would be dead at the start of the season and not hold a charge more than a week or so after the second or third season. I now have everything connected to a Battery Tender Jr., one for each battery and I have never had to replace a battery since. I don't know by how much because since using them I have not had a battery failure, especially on the tractors which have exceptionally weak charging systems. For $30 each on Amazon it is cheap insurance. The rocket is an easy hookup. Just plug the Battery Tender into the accessory socket with an adapter available from Powerlet.

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Old 11-16-2012, 07:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have had good luck with a battery tender from Batteries +. They also have teh quick disconnect connectors for the battery tender to hook up to. Simple, quick and easy. Most of all, no more dead batteries and buying new batteries each year!!
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