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Battery in my 2003 GSXR 1000 lasted 15 years

I just replaced the battery in my motorcycle today. The original Suzuki battery from 2003 lasted 15 years, it was still cranking when I pulled it out. However it was just cranking slow, and couldn't do back to back to back to back starts in the texas heat.

Pretty wild that little guy lasted that long eh?

Anywhoo - just thought I'd share. It's a good omen for my Crown 6 volts house batteries in my van. I hope to have those puppies lasting 10 years at a minimum. I would be willing to bet they can go 15.

I'm curious how long the new fangled tech will last!

A lot of guys switch to lithium batteries in their motorcycles, only to find it won't start on cold mornings unless they allow current to flow through the battery and warm it up first. lol!

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I just replaced the battery in my motorcycle today. The original Suzuki battery from 2003 lasted 15 years, it was still cranking when I pulled it out. However it was just cranking slow, and couldn't do back to back to back to back starts in the texas heat.

Pretty wild that little guy lasted that long eh?
Yes, that is wild. You've owned an '03 Gixxer 1000 for 15 years? I remember those- they were pretty good bikes.

Are you a rider?

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I'm curious how long the new fangled tech will last!

A lot of guys switch to lithium batteries in their motorcycles, only to find it won't start on cold mornings unless they allow current to flow through the battery and warm it up first. lol!
When I purchased MV Agusta F3 800 new three years ago, I immediately installed a Shorai lithium battery. It cranks very strongly.
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Yes, that is wild. You've owned an '03 Gixxer 1000 for 15 years? I remember those- they were pretty good bikes.

Are you a rider?



When I purchased MV Agusta F3 800 new three years ago, I immediately installed a Shorai lithium battery. It cranks very strongly.
I've heard good things about those batteries especially the weight savings. People in cold climates of course hate them though. Back when I was working at an office I commute every day no matter the temp unless it was going to snow of course. I did ride home while snowing once, a little fishy. Colorado weather can catch you.

Yes. I sure am, I started riding when I was 15 years old. My first bike as a FZR600, and then in 1998 I traded that in for a used 96 GSXR 750, which was a dream bike. So amazing. Then I had scores of other GSXR 750s, FZ1, CBR954RR, Several GSXR1000 K1 and K3s, KTM 530.

The 2003/2004 GSXR 1000 is my favorite bike. I found my current one used from a Korean gentleman who bought it new and only put 4000 miles on it. He never replaced the battery, he had it on a tender every now and then he told me. I'm around 13,000 miles on it now. I crashed it at the track not too long ago... It came out pretty alright from that lowside.


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Yes. I sure am, I started riding when I was 15 years old. My first bike as a FZR600, and then in 1998 I traded that in for a used 96 GSXR 750, which was a dream bike. So amazing. Then I had scores of other GSXR 750s, FZ1, CBR954RR, Several GSXR1000 K1 and K3s, KTM 530.

The 2003/2004 GSXR 1000 is my favorite bike. I found my current one used from a Korean gentleman who bought it new and only put 4000 miles on it. He never replaced the battery, he had it on a tender every now and then he told me. I'm around 13,000 miles on it now. I crashed it at the track not too long ago... It came out pretty alright from that lowside.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_xNcKhIWq0
Yeah, that didn't look too bad. A little used e-bay plastic, a $10 clutch lever, and a left rearset I'm guessing...

I'm not familiar with High Plains Raceway- what track day organization do you do your track days with, and what group do you ride in? Do you race also?

At an altitude of 5,000 feet, a 2003 Gixxer 1000 is probably making around 125 horsepower (basically what a 750 makes at sea level). Have you ridden an open-class motorcycle at sea level? There's a whole lot more oxygen molecules available to make horsepower with.
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Yeah, that didn't look too bad. A little used e-bay plastic, a $10 clutch lever, and a left rearset I'm guessing...

I'm not familiar with High Plains Raceway- what track day organization do you do your track days with, and what group do you ride in? Do you race also?

At an altitude of 5,000 feet, a 2003 Gixxer 1000 is probably making around 125 horsepower (basically what a 750 makes at sea level). Have you ridden an open-class motorcycle at sea level? There's a whole lot more oxygen molecules available to make horsepower with.
I love that track. Decent elevation changes and it's just fun as heck. The stock plastic barely took any scratches at all, the levers were all fine. The only real damage was a cracked crankcase cover which I replaced with a used NRS cover. Which I should have had those covers on it in the first place if I was going to track it. I honestly didn't think I was gonna crash! lol, but guess what, you start filming and tryhard... and that's what happens

That one is just the HPR open track day, really fun and lax event. I raced cars there and at other tracks with NASA in the CMC class.

The 1000K3 makes 165 crank at sea level and most people account a 15% loss at that altitude. I am from TX and so most of my moto experience is at sea level. needlesss to say I was a little taken aback that it only power wheelies in first gear. I really thought maybe I got a weak one, but was ok with it because it's still plenty. Just a couple weeks ago after finishing our 5 month stint, I trailer'd it down to TX to store at my brothers house, and was just blown away at the difference. Power wheelies in 2nd and 3rd gear just like I remembered from back in the day. Super fun.
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My VFR - lithium battery going on 6 yrs and all's well
RSV1000 - lithium battery, low use though
R6 - lithium battery, also low use as this girl is track only

Point being, these batteries have served me well. We (AL) don't get cold weather to speak of, just now/then. If you know when you need to turn the key and wait for a bit, then it's not a big deal.

Nobody thinks they're going to crash (been there a few times).

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Well 15 years out of the stock FLA battery was good for me. I replaced it with another FLA for $70 because if I get another 10 years from that then, I won't mind the extra couple pounds of weight since I am a garbage at the track anyway haha

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I love that track. Decent elevation changes and it's just fun as heck. The stock plastic barely took any scratches at all, the levers were all fine. The only real damage was a cracked crankcase cover which I replaced with a used NRS cover. Which I should have had those covers on it in the first place if I was going to track it. I honestly didn't think I was gonna crash! lol, but guess what, you start filming and tryhard... and that's what happens

That one is just the HPR open track day, really fun and lax event. I raced cars there and at other tracks with NASA in the CMC class.

The 1000K3 makes 165 crank at sea level and most people account a 15% loss at that altitude. I am from TX and so most of my moto experience is at sea level. needlesss to say I was a little taken aback that it only power wheelies in first gear. I really thought maybe I got a weak one, but was ok with it because it's still plenty. Just a couple weeks ago after finishing our 5 month stint, I trailer'd it down to TX to store at my brothers house, and was just blown away at the difference. Power wheelies in 2nd and 3rd gear just like I remembered from back in the day. Super fun.
Yup. I was trying to figure out why the front of your bike wasn't coming up when the throttle was open in the lower gears, so I looked up High Plains Raceway and saw that it's at about a fricking mile of altitude.

I have raced in Open Supersport and Open Superbike (at sea level) as well as instructing. I love to ride, and the MV Agusta F3 800 has been an absolutely amazing motorcycle- it is sex on wheels.
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NP. I'm not advocating that one should go out and spend the $$$ for a lithium unit, just saying I've had good experience with them myself. But just in terms of slightly less muss/fuss, would not an AGM (comparably low cost) have served better? It's moot now, you have your battery.


I really wanted a GSXR-750 when I decided to replace my RSV for track use. But folks put a premium price on them. So I got an R6 track ho that had already been beat up, and have been very happy with her. Ride safe.


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2008 R6S has been one of my favorite bikes. I wish I had kept it.

Augusta sure are exotic! I'd love to try on eout sometime. Racing motorcycles is heavy stuff, props.

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