Lighter is always better, but is this a problem we have been longing to solve, and is it worth paying extra for? No and no.
Have we been having problems with the cranking capabilities of the existing battery? No.
There is no value to be gained from Lithium-Iron batteries. It can never pay for itself. It may some day become a viable technology, but at this point in time, it isn't a cost effective alternative.
They have to get the cost down significantly first. And they have to solve the problem of poor cranking capability in cold weather. That limitation is a deal breaker right there. Once those problems are solved, I may consider one, IF they turn out to be reliable.
Using Shorai for example, the GL1800 battery is over $300. We have a lot of members here looking to Walmart because they are moaning about $85 for the cost of an OEM Yuasa. I can go through three Yuasa batteries and still not pay for the cost of one Shorai.
I would love to have a battery that lasted the life of the bike, and one that had enough reserve capacity to power my campsite overnight. That is something I would pay a lot of money for, because it gives added value. But alas, that is a Utopian dream.
Last edited by Sparky57; 04-27-2017 at 07:27 AM.