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Old 11-30-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
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AGM battery for 990 Adv?

I had to jump start my 990 Adventure today after letting it sit out for half a day in the cold. (No way to push start the thing on flat ground.) I've been seeing hints of the battery getting weak, which means that it's time to be looking for a new one.

I've had good results with AGM (Absorbed Gas Matrix) batteries on other motorcycles and would like to find one for the KTM. Do any of you know of any particular AGM batteries that are either an exact match for the KTM battery space, or can at least be made to fit?

And yes, I already attempted to search for this topic and couldn't find anything relevant.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:23 PM   #2
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I've used these before: http://www.batteriesplus.com/product...90CC-2008.aspx
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:34 PM   #3
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General consensus for the best bet recently has been the Shorai batteries.

http://www.shoraipower.com/s-110368-990-All.aspx

AGM still ends up having more trouble over time.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:35 PM   #4
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Thanks. That's what I wanted to know.

Now I need to find out if the local motorcycle shop can get me one at anywhere close to the price I could get one online.
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:08 PM   #5
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General consensus for the best bet recently has been the Shorai batteries.

http://www.shoraipower.com/s-110368-990-All.aspx

AGM still ends up having more trouble over time.
Drain the Shorai too far and you'll damage the cells rendering it useless. Been there, done that. Went back to AGM.
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:28 PM   #6
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I dislike LiFePO4 batteries for vehicle starting applications, especially in cold weather.

I had a http://www.motobattbatteries.com/ in my V-Strom and I was impressed with it. I plan on getting one for my 950 when my current battery bites the dust.

The motobatt battery is a little smaller capacity wise than the stock 950/990 battery, but it's $68 so I figure it's worth a try.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:52 PM   #7
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I had to jump start my 990 Adventure today after letting it sit out for half a day in the cold. (No way to push start the thing on flat ground.) I've been seeing hints of the battery getting weak, which means that it's time to be looking for a new one.

I've had good results with AGM (Absorbed Gas Matrix) batteries on other motorcycles and would like to find one for the KTM. Do any of you know of any particular AGM batteries that are either an exact match for the KTM battery space, or can at least be made to fit?

And yes, I already attempted to search for this topic and couldn't find anything relevant.
AGM stands for absorbed glass mat. I have no idea where you came up with gas matrix? The stock Yuasa battery on the KTM is already AGM.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:08 PM   #8
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AGM stands for absorbed glass mat. I have no idea where you came up with gas matrix? The stock Yuasa battery on the KTM is already AGM.
Typographical error?

I stuck the charger on my battery six hours ago and it's still charging. I guess lots of short trips in cold weather tends to run down a battery. I'm still looking for a replacement battery, but I think I can get by if I just keep my two bikes hooked up to the Battery Tender regularly. Both my KTM and my Honda have had one turn of not wanting to start after half a day in the parking lot at work. The Honda doesn't like being out in the heat and it looks like the KTM doesn't like the cold. Good thing I don't live all that far away. (Or maybe not so good when it comes to keeping the battery charged.)
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:02 AM   #9
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I had a Yuasa on my 450 EXC, bad cell. The OEM Yuasa on my 990, another bad cell. Maybe its just bad luck, but needless to say, I dont buy yuasas anymore.


But, I've had good experiences with the Powersource AGM's. 250 CCA

http://ebatteriestogo.com/merchant2/...ct_Code=01-344
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:12 AM   #10
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I just installed this battery.
http://www.amazon.com/YTZ14S-Xtreme-...2762966&sr=8-1


For $65 and free shipping I figured it was worth a try.



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Old 12-01-2011, 01:49 PM   #11
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I just installed this battery.
http://www.amazon.com/YTZ14S-Xtreme-...2762966&sr=8-1


For $65 and free shipping I figured it was worth a try.



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Its kind of funny how the prices for these batteries are all over the board. Its likely they all come from the same factory in China.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:41 PM   #12
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Its kind of funny how the prices for these batteries are all over the board. Its likely they all come from the same factory in China.
I know you have had back luck with Yuasa, but many have had great luck with them. Most of their motorcycle batteries are made in the USA, in Reading, PA.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:46 PM   #13
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I know you have had bad luck with Yuasa, but many have had great luck with them. Most of their motorcycle batteries are made in the USA, in Reading, PA.
I read somewhere that Yuasa actually makes many of the batteries that other vendors sell anyway.

After checking the local motorcycle parts store, they have a Yuasa AGV for under $75.00, so that's what I'm going to get when I finally give in and buy a new one. I like to support local businesses whenever I can.

Meanwhile, I'm going to see if keeping my bikes on the Battery Tender regularly is enough to get me through another season. But the next time the KTM doesn't want to start, I'll go get the new battery.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:57 PM   #14
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Installed Odyssey PC-310 battery in my 950

I've had an Odyssey in my KLR for almost 10 years---it's never been on a charger. I just can't imagine me buying another brand battery---these are a dry cell---and will sit on a shelf forever and not discharge.
You can mount these batteries in any position---it's sideways in my KLR.

It's a little smaller than the 950 stock battery---but comes with foam to fill up the extra space. Connections are on the very top middle--but required no modification whatsoever. I did have to do away with those jumper wire things attached to the battery box lid. 10 minute install.

My 950 motor spins over way faster than it ever did---it's a 2005 model.
It's my pick to have a battery that will not let you down--------------I paid $170 I think.

The Shorai's sound neat---------I saw 2 failures with a traveling buddy with them.

I travel a lot in some very remote places---it's my pick.

The worse thing about an Odyssey is that they don't make all sizes. I adapted what they made for my KLR and my 950 and am a happy camper.

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Old 08-30-2013, 05:06 PM   #15
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I'm resurrecting this thread because my battery is dead again after less than two years.

I guess the first thing I need to check is whether the one I bought came with a two year warranty, or any warranty.

This is especially annoying because I've gotten more than six years from a battery in a Ducati, and the one in my Honda has to have been in there more than five years and still works very well.

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