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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-18-2019, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Mass centralising/Where's the battery

The battery on my 2 1/2 year old AT gave up the ghost today WTF?
Batteries should last longer than that.
Bike would not bump start down a slope due to clutch slipping, tried it in 2nd 3rd 4th Nada.
Do these have Slipper clutches?
I then had to find the battery to jump start, the Bugger was not under the seat,
It was nestling hidden behind the tool kit behind the cylinders and was a complete arse to
get out.
Centralised Mass, Do we really need it on a bike like this, Why not have the battery under the seat like
it (nearly)always was.

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Mine came with a lithium battery dont know if they all do but when they go out, they go out


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I have heard the cost of a new Honda lithium battery is similar to the weight in gold


Options when they fail?

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I don't understand. You have had this bike since January 2017 and didn't even know where the battery was.

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Mine came with a lithium battery dont know if they all do but when they go out, they go out


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2018 - on all have Li- batteries and quite a few AT owners add a jump wire/plug to their bikes. Just a heavy gauge wire directly to the battery - from there you can either Cary a wire to connect to some one else’s battery for a jump or carry your own backup/jump pack.....

Yep, that is the “ISSUE” with LI. batteries, its’ kinda all or nothing, no slow cranking starts to speak of, for the most part they just seem to just die. But they usually will give just one warning, one hard/slow start, unlike Pb (lead) that may give you months of slow cranking... Then too - Pb battery’s can on occasion get ‘internal” shorts and just drain and die..

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I have heard the cost of a new Honda lithium battery is similar to the weight in gold


Options when they fail?
will you still have the bike when the OE battery fails? unlikely perhaps as thats 10 years away. Unless you are particularly unlucky.

but that aside...

1.1KG gold.. 45,000

Lithium battery for these bikes 115 inc delivery. https://tinyurl.com/y69b5utv

same battery that Rugged Roads sell as an alternative to the Eliiy power hy110 the 2018 and on bikes use.

I would think its unlikely that any form of lead acid battery will work as the battery lies on its side. with its "top' facing you when you remove the tool box.

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Honda want over 400.00 for a battery


Gel batteries can be laid on their sides, quite a few models do.

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Honda want over 400.00 for a battery


Gel batteries can be laid on their sides, quite a few models do.
which is why there are already more affordable alternatives available.

This is the first ever bike i have had with a non-standard battery orientation.

and there are the sizes, so thats all you need to find an appropriate gel. (in 9 or 10 years time)

150x87x110

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I have heard the cost of a new Honda lithium battery is similar to the weight in gold


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EarthX ETX24C Lithium Battery should fit and runs about $250. Still pricey, but less than what Honda wants for a replacement.

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EarthX ETX24C Lithium Battery should fit and runs about $250. Still pricey, but less than what Honda wants for a replacement.
Have to see if they make golf cart lithium batteries...
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