Skyrich Lithium Ion Batteries | For Your Gas-Powered Motorcycle

When I saw these batteries at EICMA last year, I knew I had to have one for my Yamaha R1. Because I hate to be wasteful, I waited until the OEM battery was done before buying a Skyrich. It didn’t take long, as Yuasas don’t seem to last longer than a year on my bikes, despite daily riding. I suspect it’s more a problem of making too many short trips than not riding enough, as the batteries were always happier after a long day in the canyons. Well, who wouldn’t be?

Skyrich claims their Lithium Ion battery lasts up to 5 times longer than lead acid batteries. I’m hoping to report the same. For now, I can simply say it was very easy to install and starts very eagerly, even with the fan running. With 5 times the longevity at only 3 times the price, it’s a bargain. And when it does eventually die, this battery can be removed from the (recyclable) plastic casing and used as fertilizer! Imagine that, a Cradle to Cradle automotive battery. I don’t think any of the 35 varieties they have are for cars, but there’s bound to be one for your motorcycle, scooter, ATV or snowmobile. The battery also weighs 75% less than a lead acid battery, which is always a major consideration for racers. Now, if I could just install a hybrid drive… Not like it would make a difference, since I never sit in traffic on a motorcycle.



Susanna Schick

Susanna is passionate about anything fast and electric. As long as it's only got two wheels. She covers electric motorcycle racing events, test rides electric motorcycles, and interviews industry leaders. Occasionally she deigns to cover automobile events in Los Angeles for us as well. However, she dreams of a day when Los Angeles' streets resemble the two-wheeled paradise she discovered living in Barcelona and will not rest until she's converted the masses to two-wheeled bliss.