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  • ralphski Posts: 911
    NE Foothills, ADELAIDE
    Performance Poster ralphski
    07 Sep 2018 05:13 PM
    my battery is on it's last legs.
    holds ok charge, but when it cranks over drops to about 5.5 volts.
    which barely cranks over my CVO Springer.
    got about 5 years out of the HD 65989-97C.
    thinking of maybe a SSB PowerSport RTX20L-BS.
    both have 1 year warranty, HD about 315 CCA, SSB about 400 CCA.
    price....HD  $200, SSB   $135
    thoughts, pro's con's ????
  • paulybronco Posts: 10096
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    07 Sep 2018 05:23 PM
    Pay the money and get a Gen HD battery! Would NEVER get a non gen HD battery again
  • paulybronco Posts: 10096
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    07 Sep 2018 08:51 PM
    Quote source removed.
    Why is it shitting on your tender...
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2114
    Motor Head Krash Kinkade
    08 Sep 2018 07:41 AM
    I've always used genuine HD AGM, but have seen a few people be let down by them in past few years. a good friend, went from Genuine HD to that same SSB you quoted and no problems 1.5 year on. have seen others give the SSB a good rap too.

  • Hilly Posts: 2159
    Townsville
    Motor Head Hilly
    08 Sep 2018 08:46 AM
    I've always been a believer in the hd battery but they seem to be not as good anymore, stick with a sealed gel mat though, acid fumes from wet batteries are nasty.
  • ralphski Posts: 911
    NE Foothills, ADELAIDE
    Performance Poster ralphski
    08 Sep 2018 10:25 AM
    bought a SSB RTX20L-BS, $ 88
    time will tell.
    normally buy HD batteries, did buy a DEKA for the Night Rod.
    it only lasted about 2 years, wasn't fckn happy.
  • steelo Posts: 1955
    Adelaide foothills SA
    Motor Head steelo
    08 Sep 2018 10:33 AM
    That’s one year longer than it’s warranty r. 
  • Retroman Posts: 948
    The far west
    Performance Poster Retroman
    10 Sep 2018 10:29 PM

    Have tried DEKA's over the years , seemed OK.

    Trouble is the genuine HD batteries ( made by DEKA anyways !) work out cheaper from the HD dealer , strange but true !

    Have had mates try Odyssey and other "exotics" over the years and always they come back to "genuine".

    With battery Fighter junior tenders I have had "Genuine" batteries last 7 years on a few occasions before now.

    Will be interesting to see how these "$88" SSB batteries pan out

  • perthhog Posts: 1559
    Motor Head perthhog
    11 Sep 2018 12:04 AM
    Been a fan off ssb battery’s for a few years now  more cca than a HD Oem one  shit 
    All over deka gray shit I’ll never buy one of them again  and  as I’ve said in 
    The past  if you remove the stickers off the ssb you would swear it’s a HD one 
    Look exactly like each other ot than the HD one has the bar n shield molded 
    In the case    Ive only ever used the gel Matt type hvt1 I think  which is 420cca
    No one can tell you what the HD ones are exactly but there apparently around 
    315cca  and as hilly said bugged if I would ever use a wet type battery in 
    A harley  with a oil tank heat spewing acid all over chrome and paint destroys
    It in no time even with a vent hose going unde4 the Bike  if can afford to do
    Engine upgrades don’t be a tight arse on a cheaper battery that’s my 2c 
    Ssb 1st than  Oem HD 2nd in my bikes. Deka gray door stop lol 
  • speedzter Posts: 1664
    The 'Rat
    Motor Head speedzter
    11 Sep 2018 12:41 PM
    I will be trying an SSB next time (HVT-1 $120 delivered ).
    I usually get 2 years out of the HD replacement battery, but they struggle before then.
    Not as good as they once were.
    When are these high tech Lithium's gong to be sorted out for reliability , and sell for a decent price ?
  • newschool Posts: 45
    Nagambie VIC
    Stock Poster newschool
    11 Sep 2018 06:24 PM
    I use SSB Drycell (V-SPEC)  in my 110CI. Due to frame mods with lowered seat height I need the VTX15L-BS (175L x 87W x 130mm High) which specifies 340CCA. Even after 2 weeks cold soak in VIC winter it still cranks strong.
  • ralphski Posts: 911
    NE Foothills, ADELAIDE
    Performance Poster ralphski
    14 Sep 2018 02:19 PM
    surprise fckn surprise....
    fully charged the battery then fitted to bike.
    after 2 days turned on the ignition, lights were low, tried to crank the bike.
    nothing.
    put the meter on, 12.5, but turn on the ignition drops to 9.5.
  • Bangkok Bob Posts: 602
    near Mandurah WA
    Performance Poster Bangkok Bob
    14 Sep 2018 02:48 PM
    Anyone tried Lithium yet?
    2 1/2 times the price of AGM apparently.
    No weight and more cranking power.
    Discharge slower than AGM.
    Regards, B.B.
  • Hilly Posts: 2159
    Townsville
    Motor Head Hilly
    14 Sep 2018 03:23 PM
    Quoting ralphski on 14 Sep 2018 02:19 PM
    surprise fckn surprise....
    fully charged the battery then fitted to bike.
    after 2 days turned on the ignition, lights were low, tried to crank the bike.
    nothing.
    put the meter on, 12.5, but turn on the ignition drops to 9.5.
    Mate if it drops below 8 volts on cranking it's fucked, don't matter what you do it's not gunna come back, get a newy and be happy for a year or two
  • loopie Posts: 329
    Stage 1 Poster loopie
    14 Sep 2018 05:55 PM
    i know the old lithuim  used  too be a bitch too wake up  cold  on the first crank..  now  here the kicker  if  tesla battery is made up off AA batteries  thousands off them in blocks      what are the bike ones made off???
  • speedzter Posts: 1664
    The 'Rat
    Motor Head speedzter
    15 Sep 2018 12:18 AM
    Some use cylindrical cells.
  • loopie Posts: 329
    Stage 1 Poster loopie
    15 Sep 2018 12:48 AM
    Quoting speedzter on 15 Sep 2018 12:18 AM
    Some use cylindrical cells.
    looks like AA
  • loopie Posts: 329
    Stage 1 Poster loopie
    15 Sep 2018 01:01 AM
    Quoting ralphski on 14 Sep 2018 02:19 PM
    surprise fckn surprise....
    fully charged the battery then fitted to bike.
    after 2 days turned on the ignition, lights were low, tried to crank the bike.
    nothing.
    put the meter on, 12.5, but turn on the ignition drops to 9.5.
    mate you have a dead cell return and get another one under warrenty  ., was it a sealed  or dry battery    sealed  have a use by date on them   dry are good for years. i recently got a new freebie   that  was fucked  shows and holds  13 volts  but drops down on cranking it was dry when i got it  but  it was  fucked   helps knowing people in the warhouse importer
  • Ratbob Posts: 414
    Adelaide Hills
    Stage 1 Poster Ratbob
    15 Sep 2018 04:13 PM
    Quoting ralphski on 14 Sep 2018 02:19 PM
    surprise fckn surprise....
    fully charged the battery then fitted to bike.
    after 2 days turned on the ignition, lights were low, tried to crank the bike.
    nothing.
    put the meter on, 12.5, but turn on the ignition drops to 9.5.
    I don’t know anything about SSB batts or batts in general really but given your experience I’m wondering what type of charger you used. I killed a friends batt after he lent me his BMW GS by using an old fashioned manual charger, bought a new one and was told to use a Cteck or other smart charger on the AGM setting or it will cook the cells.
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