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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-07-2007, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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I would like to hear from those who have put a MSF battery in their bikes. I have a 2002vn750 and am having two new tires put on this coming thursday and thought I would do the battery at the same time. Pros and cons are very welcome. Thanks to all who respond.
p.s. Got my Givi bags on the bike and will be posting pics as soon as new tires are on. Many thanks are forthcoming for that.
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I've heard nothing but good things about MF batts on our bikes, or any other bike for that matter.
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Pros: Better starting, Not having to check fluid, better cc amps, etc. Type MF or AGM battery in the search box on this site and you'll see a longer list of pros.

Cons: Higher initial cost, not having the joy of checking battery fluid. ;-)

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I agree. Another benefit is you wont have battery acid dripping and spraying out of the overflow hose all over your new V/H Cruzers like I did. Ruined the chrome on the inner mufflers.
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MF Battery

I bought the Sears / Yuasa MF AGM battery on sale for ~$71 a couple of weeks ago - added electrolyte and charged per instructions. My bike definitely starts much better. The battery stays above 12.9 V even after sitting for a week.

The new battery is about 5/16 inch taller than the original on my '04 VN750 so I had to fashion a wire "clip" and use a longer screw (about 1-1/4") on the ends of the battery hold down bracket to accomodate the increased height.

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I bought a new 06 VN750 last summer. After reading through these forums, I was still unsure of the real need to buy a MF battery. While doing my 1,000 mile maintenance, I had to add distilled water to all the cells in my battery. I also noticed that the vent hose was dirty. Knowing that I was unlikely to check the battery again until the next scheduled maintenance, and that only bad things can happen from a poorly maintained or weak battery, I ordered, charged, and installed the Westco MF battery recommended by this website. I do not regret it. I rode my bike approximately once a month this past winter, and it started like a champ every time. Its also nice not to worry if acid is leaking from the vent hose into the battery compartment. For me, buying a MF battery gave me a little peace of mind.

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AGM pros (for me);
-Much easier starting (spring AND summer)
-Less wear on the already fragile charging system
-No messy acit to worry about

cons (for me again)

The AGM batteries are more expensive then the traditional ones, but well wotrth the initial cost, in my opinion. I replaced mine when my other battery wasn't bad and still saw a difference.

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Iridium equipped
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8000-ish miled
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Lovin Life.
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What they said

Ron from Jersey
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It's PAID OFF ! May 2009
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Ditto - though an extra "ditto" on what BSkaggs said about the charging system. A strong battery is one of many variables in all that, but it's one of the ones you can have some control over. Well worth the price of admission!!

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I ordered the MF high performance Yuasa last Thursday and can't wait for it to arrive. Summer coming and I will have peace of mind (no matter how hot it gets) now.

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