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Battery Myth | Does Starting My Motorcycle in the Winter Charge the Battery?

Posted on October 21, 2010
While starting your bike every few weeks in the winter may be good for the mechanics of it, it could end up harming your battery. Here's why: Your vehicle's charging system does not truly ramp up until it gets far above idle, sometimes as high as 5000rpm! Unless you hold 'er wide open for 10 or 15 minutes, you may not get enough of a charge to replace the energy you used just to start it, let alone the energy you needed to replace lost in storage. read more...

Video Feature | DirtWise Advanced Instructional DVD Volume #2

Posted on October 25, 2010
Shane Watts is a renown Enduro Champion, and a personal friend of ours. He knows how to ride! Check out a preview of his Dirt Wise instructional DVD from the Academy of Off-Road Riding.

Don't forget to check out his homepage. read more...

Rider Report | 24 hours at Starvation Ridge

Posted on November 2, 2010
BatteryStuff.com spent the weekend in Goldendale, Washington at the "24 hours at Starvation Ridge" This race turned into a real survival ride, with 100+ teams starting the race, and about 40 finishing. Mud, rain, ruts, more mud, and lots of fun! If you have ever ridden anywhere near Goldendale, you would know that the mud seen in this photo, once dried, is about as hard as concrete, and tough to remove. read more...

BatteryStuff Policy | Value Added Strategy

Posted on November 3, 2010
Value Added Strategy is a method developed by Batterystuff.com to insure that the customer is receiving a motorcycle battery that yields consistent Performance and Guarantees Customer Satisfaction. Some folks call these batteries Maintenance Free Batteries; Gel Cell, Dry Cell, AGM, Valve Regulated, etc. No matter what they are called they all use basically the same technology to produce a battery that requires far less effort to maintain. read more...

Video Feature | Interactive Battery Tutorial

Posted on November 5, 2010
Ever wonder how a lead acid AGM battery works? You know, the ones that start our motor bikes? If you're like me, it's nothing short of a miracle when I think about how electricity comes out and gets put back in the black little box. Check out our latest tutorial, visually giving you a guided tour about an AGM Battery, and how it works. read more...

Written Tutorial | Testing Your Battery for Parasitic Load

Posted on November 22, 2010
Testing a system for current drain To check if something is draining your battery while your bike is turned off you need to test for current, not volts. To do so, do the following: Switch your multi meter to DC AMPs. Amps is usually indicated by an "A" on the Multimeter Switch. AC is usually shown as a "~" symbol and DC shown as a "-" symbol. You usually have to move the Multimeter positive lead to a separate socket on the Multimeter. Sometimes there are 2 sockets, a high range and a low range. Always test on the highest setting first. For example: high setting on your multimeter may be 10 Amp. Test on the 10 Amp setting first, then if the current drawn is less than your Multimeter Low setting, move to that setting and keep testing. read more...

Written Tutorial | Shorai Lithium Battery Abuse Test

Posted on December 3, 2010
Lithium Iron Phosphate. At first thought, it sounds like a vitamin supplement that I should be taking to calm my nerves and keep the doctor away. While it won’t calm the nerves or help the joints, Lithium Iron Phosphate is actually a battery chemistry that allows for superior energy storage in a much lighter than lead package. Also known as LiFePO4, and in this case LFX, Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries have finally made it to the world of Powersports. read more...

Video Feature | AGM Battery Visual Tour

Posted on December 13, 2010
The Absorbed Glass Matte (AGM) Battery is a type of Lead Acid Battery. The plates inside of the cells are covered with active materials, and when a load is applied, the electrolyte in the glass matte allows for easy discharge of electrons. What does this mean? Watch to find out!

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Battery Myth | How Often Should I Charge My Motorcycle, ATV or Boat Battery?

Posted on January 6, 2011
Any type of lead acid battery should always be left in a fully charged condition. Having done that, you should either charge your battery every 30 days or so, or consider getting a smart charger to maintain your battery all the time. These new ‘smart’ chargers will hold the voltage at its prime voltage, while reducing the current to almost nil, thus preventing overcharge even when left on for months at a time. A battery will self discharge over time, even while not in use or connected to anything, thus the benefit of constant maintenance charger. read more...

Tips and Tricks | Out'a' Sight, Out'a Doors

Posted on February 18, 2011
The thrill of riding powerful machines in a natural environment is difficult to beat. Whether the machine is a dirt bike, a quad, jet ski or a moped/goped, the fresh air, the sunlight and, yes, even the mud, accentuate the experience. There are a number of considerations you should take before and during each ride to make certain your outdoor experience is fun… and safe. Here are some great tips for your recreational vehicles: read more...

Special Feature | Ride with Shane Watts

Posted on May 6, 2011
One of our own is out riding with Legendary off-road racer, Shane Watts! (Shane's the one on the left). Rain or shine, these fellas ride all day long! Let's give 'em a cheer! Shane Watts grew up in a small country town in the state of Victoria. He progressed through club level racing to the national championship and then spent three years chasing the World Enduro Championship in Europe. In 1999, Shane made the move to the United States to race in the Grand National Cross Country series. Shane has just started his 13th year racing for KTM. read more...

Special Event | Ride to Work Day

Posted on May 17, 2011
Ride your motorcycle or scooter on this day to demonstrate:

- The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
- That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
- That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
- That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
- That motorcycling is a social good. read more...

Contest | List of "Get Cool Stuff" Giveaway Winners

Posted on June 8, 2011
Our "Get Cool Stuff" Giveaway has ended, and the winners were randomly chosen. No joke, we drew names out of a hat. Fair is fair, right? Here are the results:

1st Place Winner is Ken. He submitted a photo of his 2006 BMW F650 Dakar.
2nd Place Winner is Ned. His ride was a 2004 BMW R1150GS. Very nice side car, Ned.
Finally, 3rd Place Winner is Nick. The photo of his 1999 Yamaha YZF-R1 is pretty sweet! read more...

Special Event | Father's Day at Pottsville, Oregon

Posted on June 21, 2011
Father's Day was last Sunday, and I had the opportunity to spend some of my afternoon at a little festival in Southern Oregon that we call, Pottsville. There was live music, food, shops, children's events, and their famous tractor pull. I got to see some vintage John Deere tractors and some aged (and outdated) combustion engines that were still running strong. It's a nice event for the agricultural community to show off their machines. In the course of the gathering, my eye caught an interested sight. I walked in a hanger displaying some restored classic cars, and I looked up to see this 1967 125cc Montgomery Ward Motorcycle. read more...

Mud, Manzanita and Memories

Posted on November 10, 2011
Every year for the past 3 years, BatteryStuff has had the opportunity to be the title sponsor for the MRA Cross Country Motorcycle Race. This year it was known as the “Make it or Break it" race, and was held on MRA property near Jacksonville, OR. The promoters decided to utilize local property rather than holding the event in the central Oregon Desert as they had the past couple years. With the change in format came a change in name. Formerly the Fort Rock Enduro, the newly named ‘Make it or Break it XC’ lived up to its moniker. read more...
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Motorcycle Review 2012 KTM 450 XC-W | 300 Mile Update

Posted on December 14, 2011
Fit and finish are what you would expect from KTM, which is just as good or better than anything else out there right now. My old Husaberg was clearly designed by engineers. Yes, it was a great bike, and until now my favorite (despite the bitter parting we had at the end) to ride. Definitely designed to perform well, but without thought of actually working on the thing. The 2012 KTM is a different bag. They seem to have taken the best from the Husaberg as far as performance, improved upon it even, and added in the bonus of a very service friendly design. read more...

Get To Know the Brand | Consider Scorpion Battery

Posted on April 2, 2012
When motorcycle batteries die, you might be hesitant about replacing it with an "aftermarket" brand battery. Now, years after purchasing your bike, you will find that the dealer wants to charge hundreds of dollars for another battery. At this point the thought enters your mind, surely just any 'ol motorcycle battery will do the trick, right? Be careful, however, because I’m sure you still want a quality battery to ensure many more years of life instead of buying cheap replacements every 1-2 years. Not a problem. There are batteries that meet OEM standards, without the OEM price. read more...

Motocross vs. Yuasa | Which is the Best Motorcycle Battery?

Posted on April 11, 2012
You might be looking for a replacement battery for your motorcycle. There's a good chance that the battery that came with your bike may have been a Yuasa, especially if your bike is a Honda or a Suzuki. But now you might be considering a replacement battery, and you're not sure if you can trust another brand. Maybe you got 7-8 years of life from your OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) battery. Can a brand like Motocross compete with that? read more...

Special Event | The Funky Chicken 2012

Posted on May 23, 2012
This year, we are proud to be sponsoring a race that's held every year at the Big K Ranch in Elkton, Oregon. This is round #5 of the AMA Western Hare Scrambles, hosted by Emerald Trail Riders Association [ETRA]. The event will take place on June 16-17, 2012. The best racers from all over the West Coast will be there, with over 300 racers expected. BatteryStuff.com will have 5 sponsored riders racing this event, including one that works in our very own warehouse facility. read more...

Race Report | 2012 Funky Chicken

Posted on June 21, 2012
OK, let me just start this race report by saying I today, right now, feel like a crash test dummy at a proctology convention. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I had a great event. But man, that sort of chop leads to some seriously sore derriere. Today, I have that ‘Ima gonna be sore tomorrow feelin’, and a real ‘shot out of a cannon’ look to my eyes.

But, you came here for a race report, so here she goes. read more...

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