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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question Battery replacement for Vulcan 500 (question)

A friend highly recommended the YUASA YB12AL-A2 replacement battery (Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries (AGM)) for my 2003 Vulcan 500. Anyone had any experience with this battery?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-28-2009, 08:08 AM
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Buy a cheap one (EverStart is the name I think, I am not 100% sure) for $25 from WallMart, they work nicely and are very cheap.
You need to buy a battery tender though, the battery charge drains fairly quickly if you let the bike sit for several days. I bought mine from (surprise!!) WallMart for $20, it is a 1.5 A battery tender, hooked up the battery with the connector sticking from underneath the seat, any time the bike sits for a few days, I connect the battery tender for an hour or two, it has an LED indicator, when it turns green I know I am done, the battery tender keeps it in top shape.
Yuasa are fine batteries, but a little pricey.
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AGM just means it won't spill acid if tilted over. I think what your searching for is a deep cycle battery that can be completely drained and then recharged.

I don't know of one for the Vulcan 500 but am searching for one myself.

If you just want the AGM aspect I found one $58 includes shipping at http://www.batterystuff.com/batteryS...007&m=1#result

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A friend highly recommended the YUASA YB12AL-A2 replacement battery (Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries (AGM)) for my 2003 Vulcan 500. Anyone had any experience with this battery?

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A friend highly recommended the YUASA YB12AL-A2 replacement battery (Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries (AGM)) for my 2003 Vulcan 500. Anyone had any experience with this battery?

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Here's the one I got. Had it for a year or so with no issues.

Call Powersports Batteries at 1-888-561-7100 or I think the website is www.bikebatts.com.

YB12AL-A2 BikeBatts AGM, Sealed Activated Maintenance Free Motorcycle
battery
Model: YB12AL-A2 AGM
Type: AGM Maintenance Free
Volts: 12v
Amps: 12.00 Amps
Size: 134.00mm x 80.00mm x 161.00mm
Weight: 9.50 lbs
Price: $52.00

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Don't be cheap on battery. The YUASA is the factory equip for your bike. My mech says it is best for the money. The extra you will spend is like an insurance policy. What's an extra $30? How much have you spent already?
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I wouldn't buy a cheap battery either. At least get a decent maintenance free battery, and definitely spend $20-30 on a float charger (Battery Tender or otherwise). Here's a discussion I was involved in at another forum about some of the inexpensive options.

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A YUASA battery will last 6 to 8 years a cheap one 2 if your lucky. My 99 Drifter battery lasted 8 years and the 02 500 6 years. If you plan to keep the 500, you should great little bike ,spend the extra cash and get the good battery. Riding beats pushin!
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I looked in batterymart.com but they didn't seem to have an AGM for the vulcan 500. I've heard that the AGM batteries don't lose their charge after sitting for a while and the idea of not need to mess with acid or worry about spilling is worth a few buck in my book.
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A YUASA battery will last 6 to 8 years a cheap one 2 if your lucky. My 99 Drifter battery lasted 8 years and the 02 500 6 years. If you plan to keep the 500, you should great little bike ,spend the extra cash and get the good battery. Riding beats pushin!
Anyone know if Yuasa makes a maintenance free battery for the 500?

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Personally, I don't like maintenance free anything. EVERYTHING needs some type of maintenance. I'd just assume be able to check/fix it myself than have to replace it. Do yourself a favor...replace with the battery with a Yusa, get a decent battery maintainer, and check the fluid level in the battery every couple of months. How hard is that?

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