Since we are getting ready to head into a new riding season, we know it is important to fully inspect our battery. We do not like dealing with batteries for many reasons, but a few rise to the top. 1) We don’t understand battery failure. We know we never left the ignition on. We rode the bike more than just around the block. The one in my car lasted longer. So what gives? 2) They cost a lot. By comparison, batteries seem like a lot of money because they control so much. It may seem like they are expensive, but when you break it down including warranty coverage, the average big bike battery is around $15 per month. That’s 2 trips to the coffee shop a month. 3) What do I need to do to get it replaced. This has several solutions. You could take it to the dealership, but that may leave you pocket poor. You could find an independent shop a “Buddy” uses. You could also replace it at home. All of these can add up to an uncomfortable situation. Well, the Crew at K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) is here to remove some of the stress associated with battery replacement.
As with everything there is someone who will always bring out an improved or updated model. Batteries are no different. Earth X Batteries are just that, a vastly improved, more reliable, lighter, compact battery. Earth X batteries are Lithium Ion Phosphate batteries and that translates into a whole load of features that benefit you much more than a lead acid battery. Right off the bat you will notice a price difference, sure, but when it is broken down into monthly cost during the warranty period it is a mere $14/month or less. You will also notice the smaller footprint. When I first saw them I could not believe how much smaller they were than a conventional battery. With that also comes reduced weight. Nearly a 75% reduction in weight was achieved. Even though it is a Lithium Ion Battery, because the folks at Earth X engineered the battery management system as an on board feature, you can use a standard tender.
Some of the great features of Earth X batteries are:
- High strength plastic case – holds up in the most demanding situations
- Lighter than Carbon Fiber composite material – one of the easiest ways to lose weight
- Plastic Welding ensures water tight case – hi-tech construction for a hi-tech battery
- 80% lighter than lead acid batteries – you won’t even know its there
- Full 2 year warranty. No prorating – 24 months no questions asked WOW!
- Effective operating range -30° to +120° – those limits are not temps I want to be out in
- Sealed case allows unit to be installed at any angle – there is no limit to the range of applications
A benefit rather than a feature: With the reduced footprint, yet the same or more power, less of the battery box is used therefore if you are running auxiliary lighting, or have a tuner installed, the free space gained is a great place to stash those modules for your lights and fuel management. Since these have a universal fitment, there is no left or right polarity. They also have the ability to be mounted in any position which is great for custom applications (even upside down).
When it comes time to replace your battery, there are some great options out there.One of them being Earth X Batteries, available at K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com). When you are looking for a longer warranty, more reliable power, customizable fit, and considerable weight reduction, turn to K and G Cycles and Earth X. Remember if you are headed to Daytona Bike Week, stop in the booth located in K and G Cycles Thunder Alley at Daytona Speedway and talk with the factory rep from EarthX.