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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-31-2008, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Why MF battery?

I'm new to this forum so please bear with me. After reading many of the posts here, it is clear that MF battery is a highly recommended upgrade. My question is, what is/are the reason(s) that make this so?

Are there different types (technical differences) in MF batteries and if yes, which is the battery of choice?

About how much do they cost?


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The best reason to get a maintenance free battery is because, surprise, it's maintenance free. Don't have to check the fluid levels every week. Plus, if you ever drop the bike, there's no danger of battery acid spilling all over. MF batteries are also better than wetcells, as they put out more power.

Cost is < $100, can't remember exactly. Check batteries plus.
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Like EQPlayer said it is all true. If you do a lot of checking around on the internet, you can find them under 100 dollers. They do cost more but last more than twice as long as the lead acid. I think most of the club would say that the lead acid usually only last about year or year and a half. They get to weak to crank the engine in colder weather, and if you have to crank the engine more than 10 second, they quick die.

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Immediately upon buying my '06 off the showroom floor, a friend that has an older Vn said to change the stock battery and do it quick!
It wasn't three weeks before the original battery crapped out. Dead as a ghost.
I switched to an MF battery and haven't had an issue since.
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I think the one I got from autozone was like $70 & came in the next day. Deffinatly a more "Reliable" battery. That alone is worth the extra bucks.
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When I Got my bike back in April and joined the forums here, every one recommended me getting the Yussa MF battery. A week later my Voltage regulator and stator when out, after that my Junction Box to a dump due to acid on it, and then the last straw was not enough voltage getting down to the Ignition Control Box. I rewired most of my bike and spent way more time and energy fixing electrical grimblens that wouldn't have been an issue had I just spent the lousy 100 bux on the battery.
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I'm new to this forum so please bear with me. After reading many of the posts here, it is clear that MF battery is a highly recommended upgrade. My question is, what is/are the reason(s) that make this so?

Are there different types (technical differences) in MF batteries and if yes, which is the battery of choice?

About how much do they cost?


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Click Here, for some MF battery info in the Verses.
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I went to purchase an MF battery here in the UK and I was advised to check my alternator output first because if an MF battery does not get at least 14v even at idle it will fail far quicker than a conventional battery. Any thoughts on that or have I been advised by a numpty?
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I went to purchase an MF battery here in the UK and I was advised to check my alternator output first because if an MF battery does not get at least 14v even at idle it will fail far quicker than a conventional battery. Any thoughts on that or have I been advised by a numpty?
Previous experience from many riders here would seem to indicate you were indeed advised by a numpty.
There's been several posts which have said some have had the same MF battery in their bike for as much as 5 years.

Really, the only downside I see to getting a MF battery is the initial cost. But over time the cost is made up for in not having to buy more non MF batteries, and time saved by not having to check/fill the non MF's.


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There's been several posts which have said some have had the same MF battery in their bike for as much as 5 years.
I haven't looked in the versus about this... I'm currious about personal responces. How long has your mf batteries lasted?
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