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Old 12-30-2014, 04:33 PM   #1
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1200GS Battery question

I need a replacement battery for my 2011 R1200GS. Was thinking about this one

Shorai LFX21A6-BS12 Lithium-Iron Powersports Battery

I found it on Sierra BMW Online

http://www.sierrabmwonline.com/produ...-423812-p-2852

What are your thoughts and recommendations
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:40 PM   #2
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Not being brand specific, I have one of those little lithium's in my '09 GSA.
I didn't install it ! For my liking, it's too sluggish on the starter, but does get the job done though.
Personally, I cannot wait to put a full sized AGM cell into it
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:57 PM   #3
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Go AGM. Many here prefer the Odyssey.

Mine is 7 year old. Never fails hot or cold.
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:52 AM   #4
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Go AGM. Many here prefer the Odyssey.

Mine is 7 year old. Never fails hot or cold.
Sounds like AGM it is. Reasonable prices too...
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Old 12-31-2014, 01:25 PM   #5
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Sounds like AGM it is. Reasonable prices too...
stryk, there are a couple of inmates here that are battery experts. Generally speaking, they recommend the AGM for us GSers.

And, while the LiPoFe battery technology is interesting and the batteries are very lightweight, they are expensive and get fussy when the temperatures drop.

Beware, your GS may have a high parasitic drain. If so, (and you ride infrequently), you'll need to maintain your battery regardless of chemistry and brand. Select a battery charger with care.

Here at the ranch, I have a diesel motorhome (with six large batteries, some FLA, some sealed), a riding mower, a car, the GS and some 6 vdc flashlights with rechargeable batteries. One good charger keeps then all in good shape.
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Old 12-31-2014, 01:55 PM   #6
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Thumb Battery for the R1200GS

The last battery I bought was from Advance Auto Parts because they actually sell stuff for motorcycles. It was their house brand battery.

Before I bought the Advance Auto Parts battery the battery died every year. Nice thing about the Advance Auto Parts battery is that it is like brand new after being 3 years old because I always put my R1200GS on my BMW battery charger I bought from the dealer I got the bike from which is the right way to keep the battery like new!
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Old 12-31-2014, 02:50 PM   #7
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I've had great luck with MotoBatt recently.
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:10 PM   #8
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I've had great luck with MotoBatt recently.
Shorais are excellent batteries!
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:41 PM   #9
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I need a replacement battery for my 2011 R1200GS. Was thinking about this one

Shorai LFX21A6-BS12 Lithium-Iron Powersports Battery

I found it on Sierra BMW Online

http://www.sierrabmwonline.com/produ...-423812-p-2852

What are your thoughts and recommendations
I just replaced my battery in my 011 GS purely as a "precaution." Before doing so, read up on the Shorais and others here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=757934

Went with a Yuasa GYZ 16h, $95 from Amazon, already filled. The original battery was 14a, 170 CCA, the GYZ is 16amps, 240 CCA. Only in about 3 weeks at this point. Basically, after reading the above thread, I was uncomfortable with the Shorai, and lithium in general. Given the weight of the GS, I didn't see the real advantage of "bleeding edge" technology to save a few pounds.

Of course, YMMV.

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Old 12-31-2014, 05:16 PM   #10
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I was having sluggish starting when HOT on my 2010 GS, both with the OEM and a replacement Westco, supposedly their "heavy-duty". Then I saw the Yuasa YTX14H-BS with 240 CCA which was actually printed right on the battery itself (none of the others would actually list the CCAs on the battery, only in the BS on their websites). So I tried it and and no more sluggish starting--period. It aso has a lot more pep on cold mornings!
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:39 AM   #11
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I was having sluggish starting when HOT on my 2010 GS, both with the OEM and a replacement Westco, supposedly their "heavy-duty". Then I saw the Yuasa YTX14H-BS with 240 CCA which was actually printed right on the battery itself (none of the others would actually list the CCAs on the battery, only in the BS on their websites). So I tried it and and no more sluggish starting--period. It aso has a lot more pep on cold mornings!
I was going to go with the YTX as well, but the GYZ is "supposedly" Yuasa's "next generation" of batteries and has a 16 amp rating vs. the YTX's 14 amp. CCAs are the same however, at 240. The GYZ is an exact replacement, drops right in. We'll see how well is works over time.

http://www.yuasabatteries.com/pdfs/Y..._Apps_2014.pdf
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Old 01-01-2015, 10:19 AM   #12
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Since the battery topic came up, I thought of asking a related question on longetivity of Battery.

I ride my 05 1200GS once every 2-3 months as I shuttle between 2 countries. I am just replacing my old faulty battery with a replacement Yuasa YTX14BS that I just bought. For a fault-free longer life of battery I wanted to know- When I am away for 2-3 months, can I remove the battery from bike and plug it onto my old BMW Battery charger(P/N 71 60 7 676 472) for 2-3 months continuously in my unattended home. Is this OK for the life of the battery cells? Any related risk from Battery being continuously plugged into the the charger?

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Old 01-01-2015, 11:16 AM   #13
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Personally I think _cy_ is one of the most knowledgeable people here... Take a look at his profile.
I believe his opinion on that would be to charge your battery and then put it on the shelf (don't have the charger on it anymore) - if you're not going to ride your bike.
I spent $340 on a EarthX lithium battery (don't remember the exact model number). At 35* it was fine... No warm up at all required. I did this purely as an experiment.
The local shop does recommend AGM for adventure bikes and Lithium for street bikes.
I guess the thing that made me jump to the lithium side was the cold cranking amps for my current battery (400) vs 240+ for the same size of AGM battery... That and a claim of the battery to handle 4000 + charges... Don't know - I'll find out over time if it was the right thing to do...

I've had a battery fail before on an extended 'local' ride... I had to pay for a motel, dinner, breakfast - get the wife's uncle to hook up his trailer and pick me up the next day - (which is now well into the 200 dollar range) and then buy another battery... So we are now $300 +...

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Old 01-01-2015, 03:33 PM   #14
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I have a friend that has been in the industry for years and loves these batteries. I have found talking about batteries is talking about oil. At the end of the day you need to go with what you trust.

I had a horrible experience with odessy batteries. It hardly would start my 12RT after 9 months and it was left on a battery tender when not riding. There was clearly an issue with my battery but I got no help from the company or batteries plus.

I would suggest BMW of one of these. Just make sure you get the highest amp hour model they have.
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:19 AM   #15
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Here is some charger (and battery) info for that guy who was wondering about using his "old" bmw charger:

http://www.yuasabatteries.com/motor_battery.php
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