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I’m getting close on my 68 Victor project and am looking for a good but reasonable gell battery. What batteries do you all like?


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I've had luck with this brand. I have a couple of different models I use on my B44VRs, C25 and B50.

I'm not sure how reasonable they are price wise.


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These bikes are not exactly hard on batteries, no starter motor, and naff all bulbs to light. One of my B44s is still running just fine on the "scrap" battery it came with as a non running POS, 3 years later.
Honestly, choice of battery is the least of your problems!

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Originally Posted by Dave Martin
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Honestly, choice of battery is the least of your problems!

Unless you’re 600 miles from home, with EI and light on states to drive through.

My last camp I was on my C25. Stator went south ( long story) 260 miles from home. I’m pretty sure that same battery I pictured brought me home.

Now if your just going to run around the neighborhood…..YRMV

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AGM batteries. battery stuff.com Free shipping. Great prices.


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Thanks. I’ll go with the Motobatt. I’ve been stuck 50 miles from home at night when the Boyer wouldn’t fire. Poor battery. Had to ride without lights most of the way home.


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Like I said, battery is the least of your problems.

Strikes me that the problem was not the battery, but the bigger problem of the alternator / rectifier / regulator!
If you are not producing enough squiglies to light two bulbs and give the Boyer 9 volts, WITH THE MOTOR RUNNING, summats seriously wrong! You are supposed to be able to run these things without a battery at all (just a capacitor)

As for being 600 miles from home on a 50 year old B44 ........ that is just cruel!

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I rode my old t120 around for a couple of years with a totally clapped battery
just had a 10,000uf cap on it. Starting was an acquired thing but it was fine
other than that. It had an old Boyer mk3 on it.Lights would dim right down
and would cut out on idle but ok when going.

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I’m certainly no expert but I “try” to listen to the folks I believe are experts.

I’m new to EI ignition on a bike I’ll do more than 100 miles on at one time.

The experts I listen to tell me I need a “good” battery to run EI successfully. I don’t know if that’s 100% true but I have 100% confidence in those experts.

I ran points on my road going bikes for years. Pretty much ignored the battery as long as the headlight would come on and never had a problem.

Fast forward 30 years and I learn how to actually test my batteries. ( thank you to someone on this board for not giving up on us) First go around I had to toss 3 out of 6 batteries I had in the shop.

I’ve probably done thousands of miles on bad batteries but I’m going to try and not let that happen again. SO if and when I do have a problem…( and I will) …hopefully the battery won’t be part of it.

I’m thinking those AGM batteries both me and Gary recommended cost under $80. ( got the one pictured for $40 with free shipping) and last 5-6 years???? Pretty cheap per year in my book.

I’m laughing at “ that is just cruel”……….I understand that but it’s the way I roll. ( pun intended). It’s about the adventure. Going to OB1’s fun run this weekend….easy 250 mile round trip. Some of it will be in the dark and I’m looking forward to having my own opinion on a LED headlight.

You guys take care……enjoy life while you can….don’t let the small stuff clutter up your days.

Peace……..Gordon Gray in NC USA


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You SHOULD have a decent battery, just that it's not imperative IF you
have a cap fitted.

My example was to indicate that EI's are not as finiky as people think.

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I definitely second the use of the Motobatt batteries. The best I have used so far and pretty affordable. Plus, they have terminals on both sides to cover fitment for most, if not all applications.

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