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Old 05-08-2012, 07:33 PM
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Maybe a few of you old pros can help a new HD owner. Just purchased a new (to me) 2007 Nightster. Sweet deal, perfect condition, only 1,800 miles. Only problem is that I need to pick up a new battery before I pick up the bike in a week and a half.

I know a lot of you guys are all about HD branding, but anybody use any other brand of battery? Not necessary trying to get the cheapest thing on the market, but I wouldn't complain if I saved a little bit. Was looking at a Yuasa Maintenance Free Battery but wasn't sure if anybody had any experience with them. Heard good things when I was riding a sport bike instead of a Harley.

Thanks for the help!

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:35 PM
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the nice thing about the hd battery is that you know it will fit exactly as the other did. i paid like $120 at the stealership and it was all set ready to go plug it on the tender for a while just to be sure but it was perfect
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:38 PM
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Congrats, low mileage, nice bike.

Methinks Deka batteries are what HD is selling as their own. Try a google on Deka and Sportster.
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Deka battery from eBAy for $68.16 shipped.

Another Deka battery branded as a Big Crank for $74.95 shipped from Battery Mart.

Deka makes the HD battery and is sold under a few different names.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:56 PM
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Maybe a few of you old pros can help a new HD owner. Just purchased a new (to me) 2007 Nightster. Sweet deal, perfect condition, only 1,800 miles. Only problem is that I need to pick up a new battery before I pick up the bike in a week and a half.

I know a lot of you guys are all about HD branding, but anybody use any other brand of battery? Not necessary trying to get the cheapest thing on the market, but I wouldn't complain if I saved a little bit. Was looking at a Yuasa Maintenance Free Battery but wasn't sure if anybody had any experience with them. Heard good things when I was riding a sport bike instead of a Harley.

Thanks for the help!

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Problem is you are going to pick up the bike. IF it didn't fit right, you might not be able to fix it easily. On my Jetskis, I use the Seadoo ones simply because they fit. The others sometimes are a little smaller and smaller can rattle around when you hit waves. While I have used Yuasa before, I cannot vouch for the sizing.

Thing is people say "Well Deka makes it for HD." Fair enough. Just because it came from the same factory don't mean it has the same specs. Check the specs first. Deka probably makes for quite a few other people but the spec might be different. Check the reputation online.
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Maybe a few of you old pros can help a new HD owner. Just purchased a new (to me) 2007 Nightster. Sweet deal, perfect condition, only 1,800 miles. Only problem is that I need to pick up a new battery before I pick up the bike in a week and a half.

I know a lot of you guys are all about HD branding, but anybody use any other brand of battery? Not necessary trying to get the cheapest thing on the market, but I wouldn't complain if I saved a little bit. Was looking at a Yuasa Maintenance Free Battery but wasn't sure if anybody had any experience with them. Heard good things when I was riding a sport bike instead of a Harley.

Thanks for the help!

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But then again, if you really want to save get a lithium battery. Costs a little more up front but lasts twice as long.
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Another one here for the HD battery, mine went dead two months ago and I tried one I bought from the auto parts store that was supposed to fit- and didn't. I got lucky, they agreed to take it back, but the Harley one only ended up being a few bucks more and fit like a glove.
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I bought the big crank from batterymart. Works well, fits, and $45 cheaper then the HD battery.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:15 AM
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Thanks for all the help guys... I really do appreciate it. Hopefully I'll be good to go with this.

One last random question... can you guys see the pics of the bike I posted? I can always see them, but apparently others have been having trouble seeing the pics I post.
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