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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-10-2018, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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The R6 wasn't designed for cold weather. The small lead-acid battery simply doesn't have the cranking amps for it.

Couple of years ago I bought a new Li-Ion Shorai brand, well known, flawless reputation, via manufacturer website. Same or better CCA rating and the battery manufacturer recommended replacement for my lead-acid model. Longer story short, I immediately had to reinstall the lead-acid. In all the reviews and forum postings, no one mentioned that Li-Ion *severely* under-performs in cold weather. It requires unrealistically long "wake up" times and even then, would bbaarreelly sustain a good enough crank to start. It too was optimized for weight and size. Given it's smaller size, I did look at a larger replacement with higher than OEM lead-acid CCA but the post arrangements were different.

That turned out to be a real waste of time and money for me. Just wish the manufacturer, reviewers and forum posters would've given me the benefit of a heads-up about cold weather performance of these Li-Ion batteries. Apparently "CCA" rating is only good, within a given technology of battery and doesn't necessarily translate well between them.

I may settle on wiring up a custom quick-connect with 14 gauge wire; using a Li-Ion jumper instead.

BOTTOM LINE: Stick to lead-acid if you ride in cold weather.
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You are in Cinci?

And unless you are doing track days nothing is wrong with keeping everything stock
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The only time i have wanted to “upgrade” a battery was to lose weight.
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The only time i have wanted to “upgrade” a battery was to lose weight.
I stopped eating candy for a few months and had the same effect!
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- Affirmative. There are a ton of dry days in the Winter that I could be taking advantage of for more seat time. But low-20s is risking a no-start, stranded; until I find a good quick connect. The Rugged Geek Li-Ion jumpers look like something I can just throw in the backpack along with other gear. Yeah I've been all street, solo rider. If there is such a thing as an "open track" as in, just show up and ride for kicks, no leather suit, I'd do it. Showing up with competition racers doing everything they can to come in first, nah. It ain't that serious for me. I'll peak out at 172 and come out of a corner near maximum lean angle but I'm not going to risk a dismount just to get past someone. Those types can have the track to themselves.
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I stopped eating candy for a few months and had the same effect!
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Lol, you should do a novice day at sportbike track time at Putnam Park SW of Indianapolis, or go to Mid Ohio and do a Mid-O novice day. They don't allow corner passing, just straight line passing stuff in the Novice group.

Rules for their org - Just need a two piece text or leather, preferred to zip together:
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Thanks for the locations. That's step one. I'll see what their schedules and pricing are like. Step three will then be pricing out some skin suits. But I did that before and know that they aren't cheap.
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- Affirmative. There are a ton of dry days in the Winter that I could be taking advantage of for more seat time. But low-20s is risking a no-start, stranded; until I find a good quick connect. The Rugged Geek Li-Ion jumpers look like something I can just throw in the backpack along with other gear. Yeah I've been all street, solo rider. If there is such a thing as an "open track" as in, just show up and ride for kicks, no leather suit, I'd do it. Showing up with competition racers doing everything they can to come in first, nah. It ain't that serious for me. I'll peak out at 172 and come out of a corner near maximum lean angle but I'm not going to risk a dismount just to get past someone. Those types can have the track to themselves.
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Thanks for the locations. That's step one. I'll see what their schedules and pricing are like. Step three will then be pricing out some skin suits. But I did that before and know that they aren't cheap.
Riders discount has some great deals on RST suits. He is their winter sale add on the zx10 forum.. Not sure if it is on here or not. @
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