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Old 05-26-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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Need Battery Tiger 800 XC in Guanajuato, Mexico

The battery of my Tiger 800XC is dead (un-chargeable)....the bike sat in my hotel lobby for two weeks and when I attempted to start the bike this morning it was dead. Had it charged and it would not hold a is dead. I do not speak any useful spanish yet. Tried AutoZone in Guanajuato, they do not carry any moto batteries. I am not pressed for time but would like to get going again soon. The battery and parts places are pretty much closed for the weekend so I will began looking again Monday morning.

If anyone has any usefull ideas I am all ears. It is a good bet that there is not going to be a battery for the Tiger in Guanajuato. Likely the nearest battery will be in Leon. I can always go to Leon by bus, get a battery and return to Guanajuato. It would be better to have the battery sent here and save a day on the bus.

The main problem is "no hablo espanol" and that makes locating a battery by phone all but impossible. I need a YTX16-BS battery for the Tiger.

Any ideas anyone?

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Old 05-26-2013, 05:09 PM   #2
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Your ultimate goal would be to find a batt that 'fits' your bike.
ATVs, PWCs (jet skis) and many lawn mowers also use smallish batteries.

If the size of the new batt is smaller than the oem, stuff and back it with cardboard, thin foam or most anything to make it ride secure.

Good luck.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
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I buddy of mine who used to live in Silao recommended these guys. They are a chain that specializes in batteries. They have a location in Guanajuato.

Or instead of looking for a battery, just get the bike to a motorcycle shop. They will know what to do and make something work.

+1 Guanajuato is not a bad place to be stuck. IMHO the Templo San Cayetano is the most spectacular church in Mexico!

The mineral collection at the Guanajuato School of Mines is a neat attraction if you are into that kind of thing.


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Old 05-26-2013, 10:47 PM   #4
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Or instead of looking for a battery, just get the bike to a motorcycle shop. They will know what to do and make something work.
This. Or at the very least get the old battery to a moto shop. Trying to order over the phone is just asking for trouble no matter how well you speak Spanish.

Don't miss the mummy museum, and try your best to do some exploring in the hills east and south of town. Lots of dirt roads and tracks up there (although watch out for mining trucks on the main routes).

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Old 05-27-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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Motohaus, León S.A de C.V.
Av. Paseo del Moral 338 Local 13,, Col. Jardines del Moral, C.P. 37160 León, Guanajuato
01 (477) 717 67 67
This is the nearest BMW dealer. Give them a call. You will probably find someone who speaks English. They will be able to get you a BMW battery for sure but it will cost a LOT of money. Ask them if they know where you can find a YUASA.
Hope that helps.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:42 AM   #6
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I responded to this on the HU website, too.
Any LTH locale or retailer should have a comparable battery.
Yuasa quality is NOT what it used to be!
There is a Triumph dealer in Leon
EUROMOTO | León | (477) 29 30 888
Stop any pizza/pharmacy rider and they will tell you where the nearest moto shop is, same for a taxi driver.
Take your old battery with you and say, "Quiero una nueva, por favor".
They'll understand.
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