Yuasa battery question
This past spring I had an interesting conversation with the owner (of many years) of Battery Specialists here in my mid-IL town. They have serviced all of my vehicles, both personal and commercial, for nearly twenty years. W/O going into stories, I trust them and they never BS me.
I was in for a heavy-duty/marine/RV deep-cycle 12v battery replacement for a dump-trailer and I asked him about my ’14 Valkyrie’s battery, the original Yuasa. This past year’s winter I didn’t tend it very carefully and it wouldn’t start back in March. I put it on a cheap auto battery charger from Wal-Mart for an hour and it cranked right up. Been riding it ever since without it ever hesitating to start. (‘Course I don’t leave my lights on very long when the engine isn’t running, just to not tempt fate.)
The shop owner said that he was really puzzled by Yuasa motorcycle batteries. (This is a guy who even re-packs all of my rechargeable landscaping tools’ batteries, which cost less than new and last just as long, and knows just as much about a high-tech flashlight battery as he does about forklift or golf cart batteries.) He said he had been to numerous industry trade shows and listened to many battery manufacturers’ reps and talked with others at those shows that experienced the same thing in their own battery-related businesses: the Yuasa motorcycle batteries that come in bikes from the factory can easily last up to six years if not abused. He said that Yuasa replacement batteries only last about four years. The factory rep is often asked about this and always denies that there is any difference at all in the originally equipped batteries versus the replacements that you buy from places, including dealerships, after the original one finally dies. Hmm?
I don’t have any personal experience with other Hondas and always had different (non- Yuasa) brands with my past bikes. Do any of you who have used this brand for years, both new and replacements, have any experiences or thoughts about this? Either to confirm or deny? He is truly baffled and just tells it like it is: "there must be some difference!) And I’d love to stop back and give him some additional info, as he’s always been great to me over the years. Thanks if you have thoughts!