Ultimate MotorCycling QuickShift Review
Fitting a lightweight battery to your bike is not the sexiest way to save weight on your motorcycle as it’s hidden away in the depths of the machine, yet it is one of the most effective.
Swapping out the stock Yuasa battery (7.1 pounds) for a Racing Batteries unit (2.5 pounds) on our long-term Suzuki GSX-R1000 test bike saved a mind-bending 4.6 pounds. Although the Racing Batteries cost a healthy $330, to obtain the equivalent weight savings in titanium and carbon fiber, you would spend 10 times that.
Racing Batteries use the latest Lithium Ferrous Nano Phosphate (LiFePO4) cells, which are the latest evolution in Lithium battery technology. With its reduced particle size the carbonized materials apparently improve conductivity and therefore increase output current. We are not electrical engineers, but the battery performed flawlessly.
Racing Batteries are packaged in a robust high-impact, CNC-machined sealed body that is claimed to withstand the type of loads and vibration they are likely to encounter.
They’re clearly more solid and better made than the stock lead/acid units and, although we have not directly tested their durability, we trust the company’s claims.
For additional information, log onto Racing Batteries website.