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.