josepeaydro

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Greetings Honda family!

Over this past winter, the Colorado elements seem to have bricked the stock lead/acid battery on my 2020 CRF1100L (standard/manual) - it was shed-stored but not on a trickle charger, etc, so that was certainly my bad.

I’m trying to upgrade to a lithium ion battery and not sure what the recommended, or minimum, CCA’s for this bike should be. A crackpot parts guy tossed me one 2 weeks ago that puts out 135CCA but I’ve experienced nothing but trouble with it in recent days; I’m halfway through a 17 day journey so this has been somewhat troubling (cold start is an issue for this battery - once on, I’m fine but the battery CLEARLY struggles to perform).

Any suggestions or wisdom on this particular battery spec would be most appreciated! I’m seeing ads for lithium batteries for 165cca and above when searching CRF1100L (2020), so my diagnosis is beginning to feel quite accurate…

Thanks in advance!
Joe
 

Graves

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Greetings Honda family!

Over this past winter, the Colorado elements seem to have bricked the stock lead/acid battery on my 2020 CRF1100L (standard/manual) - it was shed-stored but not on a trickle charger, etc, so that was certainly my bad.

I’m trying to upgrade to a lithium ion battery and not sure what the recommended, or minimum, CCA’s for this bike should be. A crackpot parts guy tossed me one 2 weeks ago that puts out 135CCA but I’ve experienced nothing but trouble with it in recent days; I’m halfway through a 17 day journey so this has been somewhat troubling (cold start is an issue for this battery - once on, I’m fine but the battery CLEARLY struggles to perform).

Any suggestions or wisdom on this particular battery spec would be most appreciated! I’m seeing ads for lithium batteries for 165cca and above when searching CRF1100L (2020), so my diagnosis is beginning to feel quite accurate…

Thanks in advance!
Joe
I'm using a Shoria battery, and so far it's been fantastic. Remember, when cold the battery needs to warm to release it's current, light on for a minute or tickling the starter and letting the battery warm from the current draw for a few seconds should do.
 

josepeaydro

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Mar 29, 2021
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Colorado
I'm using a Shoria battery, and so far it's been fantastic. Remember, when cold the battery needs to warm to release it's current, light on for a minute or tickling the starter and letting the battery warm from the current draw for a few seconds should do.
The upgrade battery currently on mine is also Shorai but my fear is that I was handed one that isn’t up to the task of turning over an Africa Twin on the coldest days. Any idea what the CCA rating is on yours?

Whenever I “shop” for a new lithium battery for this bike, they’re all 165 or above (also spotted one that was above 210)
 

Graves

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The upgrade battery currently on mine is also Shorai but my fear is that I was handed one that isn’t up to the task of turning over an Africa Twin on the coldest days. Any idea what the CCA rating is on yours?

Whenever I “shop” for a new lithium battery for this bike, they’re all 165 or above (also spotted one that was above 210)
No idea, but it doesn't like the cold. Just crank it for a couple seconds and then leave the key on for thirty seconds, then start it. I think you'll find that once you introduce some heat to the battery by applying that load that it will start the bike just fine. Mine always has... down to 20deg F. If you read the battery's instructions if spells this out. LIPO's don't like the cold.
 

Graves

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Not to hijack your thread... but have you heard of the solid state batteries? Cool things are coming our way.
 

josepeaydro

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No idea, but it doesn't like the cold. Just crank it for a couple seconds and then leave the key on for thirty seconds, then start it. I think you'll find that once you introduce some heat to the battery by applying that load that it will start the bike just fine. Mine always has... down to 20deg F. If you read the battery's instructions if spells this out. LIPO's don't like the cold.
This is very good info, thank you man! I’m definitely a noob with lithium batteries
 

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