Not cheap and I don't know how long it will last but this little battery sure does start my bike fast. If you still have the stock R/R, I would highly suggest you change it out with a MOSFET R/R. That will make sure your battery stays fully charged. Shindengen FH020AA Mosfet Regulator/Rectifier
My VT700 had a T cell and I wanted a rectangular AGM....made a simple tray to convert the battery box from a T shape to having an actual 'floor' for the rectangle shape out of aluminum and some rubber pads...didn't cost much, or take much time to fabricate. Without some sort of 'floor', the AGM would have just rested on the thin metal 'shoulders' of the lower T section and probably cracked the case and made a mess.
Switching from T to AGM was the happiest day of my life. It is a very snug fit in the battery casing but was able to squeeze it in 95 VT1100C2 with no mod. The AGM is shorter (has no "T" )so I painted a piece of styrofoam black and used that as a filler at the bottom so the AGM sits on that.
Here is the Motobatt AGM battery MotoBatt MB16A
It has 200 CCA, my little(in size) Lithium Iron battery has 270 CCA and it spins the engine over so fast it starts every time in the first 2 seconds even when the temps are down in the 20's.
No 65 buck is not bad money the they aint easy to get anywhere if something would just so happen. The problem was the shape it just seems so..... But I have thought go normal battery a lot thats why I asked thank for a little more import
I'm a few days late in this post, but I must agree with dgraves49. Go to batterystuff.com, I got my Scorpion AMG there and have been loving life ever since. No maintenance, no hassle, no shipping cost, no tax, just $69.00 and at my door in 3 days, and that's only $4 more than the T-Cell. Also, the factory T-Cell for my battery was only 150CCA and this replacement is 230CCA, starts on any day and any temperature. I have a 1984 Shadow VT700C and everyone on here can tell you how finicky they can be with batteries and temperatures. Good Luck man
how did you guys fit a Shorai Lithium Iron LiFePO4 Battery LFX18A1-BS12 18 Amp Hour, 270 Cold Cranking Amps into the T-shape compartment guys (VT1100 1990)
got any photos of how you done it please? would love to fit that battery into my bike
Thanks for reviving this old post. I see my post #8 from 2013 and realized my AGM battery was bought 8 years ago and it is still "the happiest day of my life". The bike is stored 6-7 months a year, has no charger on it, I don't disconnect the battery and every spring the bike starts well. Everyone should have one. Forget lithium and just go AGM
I did buy an AGM battery for mine 2-3 years ago but end of this year I went to start the bike and nothing, charged it up and bought a decent battery tester and its lost 100CCA of its 200cca power and says replace the battery, saying that I did but it from ebay and have heard that some of there AGM dont last long, the other thing is they dont fit correct the agm T battery are slightly bigger and am having problems getting the side panel back on. when in and working though there is a vast difference of cranking power.
some of the lithium batteries are small enough to go into the top part of the T and still give 230cca - 270cca depending on the AH you buy the best being 18AH
Maybe its the "T" design that is faulty. As mentioned my AGM has been great. The Styrofoam has deteriorated and whats left is rock hard. The battery has sunk slightly. I wrote the install date on it and its June 2012. This battery is a YTZ12S from Huawei (OUTDO) but they may not make it anymore.
If you have a stock "T" HYB-16A-AB battery the size is 151 x 91 x 180 in mm
My bike is the 1995 VT1100C2 and I run the original wiring ie no "3rd wire" regulator/stator or MOSFET changes. I have added spotlights but rarely use them.
The AGM battery I got is slightly smaller and no T at the bottom so fit the battery holder with no mods that I can remember perhaps I had to bend the cage slightly. Mine has lasted since June 2012 with no battery tender or charger. The CCA is greater than the stock, however the aH are lower at 11 but I don't need much aH (no air conditioning or stereo or GPS). This is the exact one I bought in 2012 when it was under $50... Oh wait its still under $50