Best battery

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by djrider, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. djrider

    djrider Member

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    Looking to get a new battery for my sporty, so many to chose from. Any good or bad experiences would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    The best batteries I have ever used on my bikes are the Odyssey line. Higher front end cost, but lower total cost.

    Odyssey Drycell Motorcycle Batteries

    However, whatever battery you buy, get a Battery Tender Jr too. Keep the battery plugged into the BTJr when not riding.

    Battery Tender - Home of the Battery Tender Jr. - Batterytender.com

    Search the web for deals.

    TQ
     
  3. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    I am good with Harley OE. The important thing is to install a battery tender like TQ has recommended. I get 4-5 years on the average with properly maintaining battery. So much so I plug into Tender after every ride...
     
  4. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    +1 on HD OEM, You might also check out DEKA batteries on E-Bay.. Really not that much of a cost difference HD batteries are Great. If you're not near a dealer check option #2. :D
     
  5. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    HD batteries are mfg. by East Penn Co., whose house brand is Deka. I recently bought one from this link. Best price I found anywhere and fast shippiing.
    Deka Batteries by Part Number
     
  6. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    OEM HD has served me well.

    Bodeen
     
  7. JBC2565

    JBC2565 Junior Member

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    +4 on OEM HD battery. Usually get at least 5 years from HD battery. My bike sits from Nov.-March or April depending on weather. I use the tender to keep it full as well.
    My personal experience on interstate battery was 2 years. (On my Kawasaki and didn't have it hooked up to tender. Definately will shorten battery life if not hooked up to tender as well as less work on your bike trying to charge battery).
     
  8. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Best battery is the one that fits your application, has plenty of reserve power, and at the quality level and price that meets your expectations. Fortunately the 1993 model year battery has good battery selection cross reference. The OEM battery is pretty good, uses AGM technology (high density Absorbed Glass Mat) which makes the plates use purer lead for rugged vibration resistant internal plates). They are made in the USA (can't remember the name) but only a handful of battery makers are made in the USA. Naturally they cost more than flooded cell lead-acid "regular" ones. Good luck with your search, just don't base your selection purely on price. :newsmile071: