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Be mindful of temperature limits. Charging parameters.

Tesla has had many problems with Li batteries. Power tool companies had many problems too. Airlines have stringent restrictions on shipping Li batteries. Many airlines won't allow these on the planes.

Personally, I think a basic Pb-Acid or an AGM battery are better choices and less likely to create problems. Think back to when the charge system on bikes was developed.....what type of battery was available? The charge system was set up to handle the common battery at that time. Li batteries were not even a concept in the late 70's, early 80's.

Industry was just beginning to contemplate Ni-Cd batteries in the 80's. Ni-Mh were later.............

Consider this....
If Li batteries are so fantastic, then why haven't automotive manufacturers adopted them? Toyota, Honda are some of the most advanced vehicles in production and they are using Pb-Acid batteries. So, why are Toyota, Honda, Nissan, GM, Ford, Chrysler......etc not using Li batteries?

Think carefully and do research before jumping onto the Li bandwagon.
 

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I have been using a ballistic evo 2, 8 cell lithium in my 1980 cx for about 6 years and it has never missed a beat.
the bike is only a week end ride so it sits a fair bit and always cranks hard.
It is just wired straight in with no adapters. i have used these batteries in a cafe mod i did where the battery was mounted on its side and again the bloke i sold it to is still on the same battery 5 years later. I did try a cheaper ebay battery and wont do that again. the only issue i have ever had is one i had fitted in another bike with a starting issue and it ran the battery down to much and it would not recover, it may have if i had the specialist ballistic charger but i have never invested. I have been told to make sure the charging system is good , if your system is over charging you can easily cook the battery, if you have ever heard reports of them catching fire this is why.
 

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I've run a Battery Tender branded lithium battery in my GL500 with standard regular/rectifier for about several years with no issues, but it sounds like your mileage may vary. Maybe I've just lucked out so far, after hearing the horror stories, I'll take a look at replacing the R/R as I'm in the process of rebuilding the bike at the moment. So far though, I've not had to charge the battery or use a trickle charger since I installed the battery and it never has any issues cranking it over even after sitting for weeks. It is smaller than a lead-acid battery, so I had to install the included foam blocks underneath it to fit it into the battery box without moving around.
 
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