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I am cheating a little... Hope you'll forgive me. The NLP14 is for my 1290 Super Adventure and not the Duke. The Duke's battery is still OK (3 years) and is a smaller one (NLP9 from No.Co).

After a short on/off relationship with my Yuasa YTZ14-S, I decided to replace it. It's a quality battery and costs ~$150+. I was intrigued by some of the Lithium alternatives out there, but never pulled the trigger (before), due to the high price. After seeing some posts about the No.Co on the forum, I decided to give it a try.

So, I ended up ordering the NLP14, which is the same form factor as the Yuasa (more on this later) and offers enough juice to start the beast, with it's additional flood lighting setup... I also ordered the Genius5 charger, as I don't have any charger that is suitable for Lithium technology. I went with the 5, which is a good balance between power and cost. It offers fast charging times and can be used on cars as well (not for fast charging, necessarily, but powerful enough. I have a larger automotive charger as well).

The battery itself runs $129.95 and the charger an additional $69.95 on Amazon (I paid $5 less yesterday. Lucky me). You can get them for the same price on the No.Co website and can always find coupons that are worth some big %. Make sure you check. I went with Amazon because they offered next day delivery and I wanted to get this done over the weekend.

So the stuff arrived yesterday, and I went to work. The first thing you experience is that both battery and charger are packaged very well, more like an iPhone than like a powersport battery and charger. They also come in an additional, external, branded cardboard box, which I am not showing here. Impressive!

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In the box, with the battery, are a few spacers. As mentioned, the form factor is the same, but the NLP14 is much shorter.

Also, notice the battery terminals that offer the ability to connect wires from three directions. Can come is very handy if you have a lot of accessories.

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In order to get them to the same size, I had to use 0ne of the 12.5mm (1/2") spacers. This gets the No.Co to the same height as the Yuasa.

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As expected, there is a huge weight difference between a lead acid and a lithium battery. The Yusas weight more than 3 times the No.Co.

3,828 gram vs. 1,191 gram. 2,637 gram difference. Or 5.814 lbs., for the metric system challenged. Although it does not translate to a huge weight percentage saving on my 500 lbs. beast, it is still significant (the battery is sitting high under the seat).

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Replacing the battery took less time than documenting for this thread... Here are before and after pics.

At any rate, bike fired up immediately. The No.Co had not problem cracking the 1301cc V-Twin. I will see how it goes in the coming days and weeks, and update. So far, I am pretty happy.

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Last but not least, here are the links to the battery and charger:



And here is the NLP9, which is the size for the 790/890/890R Dukes, and costs $99.95:


Hope you find the post beneficial.
 
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And here is some more general information. Nice article from Motorcycle.com, regarding the pros/cons of Lithium and Lead-Acid motorcycle technologies. Busting some myths.

 
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Thanks for the topic, pretty rich and useful.

And that battery is weirdly aesthetic!
Thanks.

And yes. It almost felt like getting a new phone/GPS/communicator... That's mainly due to the attention to details, the packaging, accessories, etc. Strange to think about these things when you replace a motorcycle battery, but it changes the experience.
 
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Two failed chargers and a jump starter device within the last two years. All failed within a couple weeks of delivery
Registered the products and have ample warranty. I hope I will not have to use it.
 

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Will be keen to see how you go. For me, it was more about not being stranded somewhere because LiPo tend to fail without notice when they die.
On the whole - I'd say M/C batteries are generally more fragile anyway. @Hawkerjet did quite a nice write up on lead acid construction.
I have had way more bike batteries "FAIL" than car. And in the old Guzzis I always fitted Ford Escort (Mk1) batteries.

If I fit a LiFePO4 in the KTM - I'll get tI-Tecc+ to make me one up.

This would be the equivalent of the NOCO LiFePO4 Starterbatterie LiFeEnergy 5000 CUPRUM, 12V 5Ah Balancer inside

But I'd send them the size of the battery box and ask them to see if they could fit more grunt in.

BUT - if the new technologies appear before then who knows.! Graphene, Borophene - non volotile electrolites!
 

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On the whole - I'd say M/C batteries are generally more fragile anyway.
I have had way more bike batteries "FAIL" than car.
I agree. Since the KTM is more sensitive to battery voltage. As soon as I get the battery voltage alert on my dash (Immoblizer), I鈥檒l replace the battery. I鈥檓 sticking with tried and true lead acid batteries. :geek:

While the weight savings is attractive. It will be better money spent getting a gym membership.:unsure:
 

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While the weight savings is attractive. It will be better money spent getting a gym membership.:unsure:
Or a good Laxative and go all "Jane Fonda" as well for a week.

On a track bike or full-blown offroader that will get dropped - hell, I'd fit Lithum. Lighter and will not spill.
But on the road and with an electrical system not designed with a Li battery - Lead Acid. This is just based on experience.

I replaced all the electrics on my Guzzi to be able to fit a Li battery - the regulator has a programmed multistage charging system. Works with lead-acid too - but designed NOT to bugger up Li.
 
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