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Old 24 Jan 2009
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xt600e battery ?

My xt 600E battery seems to be on it's last legs, just got the bke (a few months ago) so not sure how old it is. On it at the moment is a SHIDO YTX9-BS 12v-8ah, is this a the standard/original battery?

Is there a more powerfull option as I use my bike mainly for green laning where there are a few un-avoidable deep puddle/on its side.. cut outs that require a GOOD strong battery to get me going again,

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the OEM battery that i just changed in my 03 xt600e was a YUASA YTX9-BS. Id be happy anough with the life i got out of it. The fact i let it sit for 4-5 months without starting and charging it probably was it's downfall in the end. I replaced with a blue label brand which seems to be a relatively well known and advertised brand.
Not sure about more powerful battery options though

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Thanks for the reply Gav,

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Hawker Odyssey. All lead plates in the battery. You can leave it in storage for years without the charge fading. Awesome for overlanding, lemons excepted.
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I've had four years out of a Varta battery on my DRZ. Seems to cope OK with the rough treatment it gets. I bought it from MDS Batteries, here's a link to what you might need. Motorcycle Batteries > Yamaha > XT 600 E

I think that Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM) batteries are supposed to be the Mutt's Nuts but am happy with the life of my £30.00 battery.
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Ive just been reading on another forum and it seems Oddesey RED top batteries get a good name for being very strong. They are gel batteries. do some searching on the net about them
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ODYSSEY PC310 12V 310 Cranking Amps


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Price Seen it cheaper?
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This recent thread should be of use. Neil helpfully provided me with two good options. One cheap, one pricey but good. (Am going for the cheaper option!)

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...ry-my-xt-40234

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Just seen this thread and Matt's response above.

Cheap option from a reliable supplier (but still a good quality item) -

SAITO Self-Sealed Maintenance Free Motorcycle Battery CTX9-BS/YTX9-BS 12V/8AH

Expensive option - Best battery money can buy (even better than a standard OEM Yuasu battery) -

ODYSSEY PC310 12V 310 Cranking Amps - Odyssey Batteries - Odyssey Drycell Batteries

Note that Getgeared sells quality German stuff at a great price. They always deliver in 2 days too.

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