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Old 08-26-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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Bikemaster Battery VS Yuasa Battery?

Well, i know this should go in the NX250 thread cause its for that bike but this is a general question.(i've searched forums and i can't find anything bout a bike master battery)

Has anyone ever heard of Bikemaster batteries? How good are they compared to yuasa?

The reason i'm asking is because when i purchased my nx250, it had a bikemaster battery but it died on me(i dunno if it was because if it was not properly stored or hasnt been used or what). So i go to my local dealer and they had two types, a yuasa and a bike master.

The bike master battery would cost me 55$

The Yuasa battery which is considered OEM, costs 87$

Would it be worth it to spend the extra money on the Yuasa?
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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Yes. While you are at it you might check to see if they have the equivalent battery in the AGM (sealed) version.
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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IMO an absorbed glass mat battery in an e-start 250 is bit overkill.

Bikemaster batteries are a good battery at a good price.
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:34 PM   #4
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I read bout the Agm batteries but i don't know exactly how they work. I'd rather just stick to the regular batteries. I just wanted to know if the Yuasa battery was worth the extra 30$ or not.
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:54 PM   #5
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The bike master battery would cost me 55$

The Yuasa battery which is considered OEM, costs 87$
You got off cheap. Last time I bought a Yuasa, it was over $100. Yeah, they put is uppa yuasa alright!

Now I understand the usual excuses, AGM, small volume, etc. And I willingly (okay maybe grudgingly) paid in order to get my battery NOW. The dealer had it in stock and in order to pay for them having it sitting there, apparently they want to get paid for it. Bu jeez, the battery in my car is like what, 8 times the size, and costs less, and oh yeah has a multi-year guarantee!

So anyway, my Aprilia takes the same battery that is in a lot of Hondas, but I paid an Aprilia price for it from a Honda dealer.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:32 AM   #6
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An AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery is different from a regular battery in that the acid is absorbed into fiberglass matting inside the battery rather than just having liquid splashing around inside. The advantage being you don't have to worry about corrosive liquid spilling if the battery is left at odd angles (i.e. wheelies, back flips, or just plain lying on its side) or the case being ruptured. Another advantage (I think, but not sure) is that it is more durable in withstanding the shaking and jarring that can happen while riding in the dirt.

More expensive, but worth it in my opinion for a dirt/dual sport motorcycle.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:35 AM   #7
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Ah i see where the agm would be a good choice. But i don't do too much off roading and the battery slot is pretty tight. I of course theres gonna be bumps and what not but i dont think its too serious. For right now i think im gonna just have to get a regular yuasa battery. Maybe later on if i get a more suitable trail bike maybe i'd take it offroad more often, but as of right now its a street bike.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:37 AM   #8
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Read the real differences and advantages between lead/acid, gel, and AGM types:

http://tinyurl.com/nn8k4t
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:43 AM   #9
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Try NAPA.
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:36 AM   #10
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My CT90s use a 6 volt and I bought both a Yuassa and a Bike Master so I saw them head to head. The BM outlasted the Y and was much less $.

That said I do use a sealed Yuassa in my KLR because it is on its side often out in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:40 AM   #11
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I had a yuasa 6v battery when i had my 1980 honda xl. It was pretty much dead and i revived it with a charger....I had no chance to revive this Bike master battery i got.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:52 AM   #12
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I know I'm a heretic but I've had the same performance out of Walmart batteries as I have from Yuasas. Just needs to fit the same hole and have the terminals on the correct ends.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:58 AM   #13
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Over the years, I've tried cheaper batteries at different levels, but the Yuasa Yumicron models have always proven to be extremely tough, reliable, and long lasting. The ability to last over time has been the biggest difference I've seen with the Yumicron. They just don't seem to die as quickly. Whether it's the quality of the materials or construction or both, I don't know. I just know I can get years out of a Yumicron with only a modicum of care, while the cheaper ones are good to get 2 years of service from.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:10 PM   #14
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I figure you get what you pay for. I mean, i have had very good experiences with Yuasa, and i this is the first time i ever even heard of a Bike master battery. I think you get what you pay for.

Because like i said before, i had a yuasa battery that was completely dead and i was able to revive it with a trickel charger.
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