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GS AGM battery? #476591
02/12/13 3:13 am
02/12/13 3:13 am
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Winona, MN
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Sorry to bug you all with a question again, but I am looking for a 6 volt battery for my Goldie. I would prefer a sealed AGM (acid glass mat) battery if possible. I found the conventional acid cell battery to be B38-6A. Anyone have a part number and/or source in the US for appropriate AGM battery?

Thanks!


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Re: GS AGM battery? [Re: Swan] #477073
02/15/13 6:23 pm
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Swan ... I took a look through the Batteries Plus and Battery Mart AGM motorcycle battery listings and couldn't find a 6v MC battery for you.

But ... I looked in a older Batteries Plus 'commercial' listing and found a AGM that might work for you.
p/n DG6-12A, 6V 12 A, 4.26" long, 2.75" wide and 5.54" tall.
These type batteries are not motorcycle specific and the ones I'm familiar with have 'tab' type terminal vs the typical motorcycle 'lug' terminal. There are Batteries Plus stores in most cities.

I've been using 'commercial' version 12v 7AH AGM batteries for many years with no problems. The first one I'd fitted to my GS 'special' was in service for over 6 years until I retired it 'just because'. It's still kept in the cupboard as a spare. The current AGM has been in service several years and going strong. We also use 12V 5A AGM 'commercial' batteries operating 'total loss' in our Goldie dirt tracker.

Now after all that ... I've 'heard' some say you Must use a motorcycle rated AGM battery because of their more robust construction. Your call ...

More ... If you are actually going to ride your Goldie besides an ocassional putt, I strongly suggest you convert it to a 12V electrical system. With the exception of one gent, the GSrs I ride with have done this long ago.


dave - NV
Re: GS AGM battery? [Re: Swan] #477095
02/15/13 8:30 pm
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Having only done 422 miles on my bike with 12 V and 30-odd years on 6V, I'm a convert...easy to arrange after the bike goes on the road though..


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Re: GS AGM battery? [Re: Swan] #477196
02/16/13 3:21 pm
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Winona, MN
Swan Offline OP

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I bought a cheapie B38-6A conventional battery to start with. I can upgrade to 12 volt later if like, but of course this means new bulbs, dynamo armature, podtronic regulator, 12 v battery and horn.


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Re: GS AGM battery? [Re: Swan] #477208
02/16/13 4:51 pm
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There are Lucas "Altette" type horns out there that are 12V. They were used on the Brit cars.



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Re: GS AGM battery? [Re: Swan] #477227
02/16/13 6:20 pm
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Winona, MN
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Royal Enfield USA offers a nice 12 v Lucas Altette horn and mounting bracket for $151.90.


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Re: GS AGM battery? [Re: Swan] #477232
02/16/13 6:43 pm
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Originally Posted By: Swan
I bought a cheapie B38-6A conventional battery to start with. I can upgrade to 12 volt later if like, but of course this means new bulbs, dynamo armature, podtronic regulator, 12 v battery and horn.


The 12V armature in your dynamo will not be necessary, the 6v armature will be capable of suppying power to a 12V system if used with the correct Podtronics regulator.
The downside is that the dynamo will cut in at a higher engine rpm.


Peter.
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