Your 2010 calls for the new GYZ Yuasa battery. It has larger plates and a higher amp/hour rating than the YTX series Yuasa batteries. It is essentially a larger capacity battery in the same size footprint of the YTX. It also weighs a little more.
The only other option might be to put in a new Lithium-IRON (LiFeP04) type battery. They are pricey (around $200), but they don't suffer many of the short falls of a lead acid, namely sulfation and self discharge issues. I have one in another bike that is almost 10 years old now and still going like brand new. Another good point is that they weigh almost nothing compared to a lead acid battery. I think mine weighs about 1 or 2 lbs total. You also don't have to put it on a trickle charger when not in use, because it doesn't self-discharge at all. I've left mine static for 6 months with zero loss of power.
The only down side to these batteries, other than initial cost, is that they can be slow to develop current in colder temps. However, I've read they have a newer generation of these batteries that works much better in colder temps. The one I have is the first generation, and the only time I've noticed it cranking a bit slow is when left outside overnight in temps below 35 degrees.
Any reason the GYZ Yuasa would not be the "best" battery choice for a 2001 - 2005 GL1800?
...and if we wanted to spend about double the money, where would be the best place to buy a LiFeP04 LITHIUM-IRON Battery?
It seems that the L- Iron battery might last forever and be the one to buy if not riding in 35 degree or less weather... ??
The GYZ will physically fit in an older GL1800, but you'll have to modify the terminal ends on the battery cables to make them fit, since the terminal blocks on the GLZ are longer.
As for the Litium Iron batteries, I'm not up to speed on the latest generation of them and if they really do work better in colder temps now, so you'll have to try one at your own risk. I suspect that as the technology matures, you'll see them on more and more equipment. The one I have on my Kawasaki has worked great but I live in a warm climate so cold temps hasn't been an issue. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts, going on 10 years now already. I had one on my 2009 Wing, but didn't put it back on when I got the 2012, I'm still waiting for the OEM battery to give out. I put a spare Lithium Iron I had in my Garden tractor and it sits for 6 months at a time without being charged and fires up every time, no fuss.
Fred, In your post yesterday you said, "Your 2010 calls for the new GYZ Yuasa battery." This caught my eye as I recently ordered a battery. Is this something new, and where would one find this information? I recently ordered for a 2010 (direct line parts) and was told the correct battery was "YTX20L-BS". For some reason they substituted "YTX20HL-BS". Should I start over?
Last edited by philipintexas; 03-21-2017 at 01:59 PM.
Fred, In your post yesterday you said, "Your 2010 calls for the new GYZ Yuasa battery." This caught my eye as I recently ordered a battery. Is this something new, and where would one find this information? I recently ordered for a 2010 (Ron Ayers) and was told the correct battery was "YTX20L-BS". For some reason they substituted "YTX20HL-BS". Should I start over?
The YTX20HL-BS will be a PITA to connect to your battery cables.
The terminals on the HL version are different than those on the L version.
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I have a YTX20HL-BS for sale in the Classified section. Somehow I ordered it for my 2010 but it is the correct battery for 2001-2008! or Rune.
Phillip, I believe that battery will fit on your 2010 and work ok without any issues. But the stock battery that comes on the bike from the factory is the GYZ version. It is a 20 amp/hour battery instead of a 18 amp/hour. Honda started putting the newer GYZ batteries on bikes in 2009. It doesn't mean anything was wrong with the YTX, but the GYZ represented the newest technology and a slight capacity improvement so Honda started using it as soon as it was available to them.
It is also interesting to note that the GYZ series first showed up on factory GoldWings 2 full years before the battery was available to the public. You couldn't even order one as a parts replacement for the first couple of years. The only way you could get one was to buy a new GoldWing. Many parts places still list the YTX as a replacement part as a result. Vendors always supply their very best products to OEM's for installation in vehicles, and this is just further proof of that. This is why I tell folks to take good care of the original battery that comes in their bikes, because it is usually the best one you'll ever have.