French battery and charger manufacturer BS Battery is spending heavily to develop and offer new technologies – especially in the lithium battery sector – and offers distributors and their dealers access to “an exhaustive line of lithium batteries and chargers that have been designed with and for OEM motorcycle manufacturers”.

BS Battery Product Manager Romain Menduni told IDN: “Though associated with lightweight, high- performance characteristics of motorcycle racing, in fact pretty much all riders can use lithium batteries – especially those who are looking for the best performance from their motorcycles.

“In fact, we offer lithium batteries for all powersports industry platforms – from road and race bikes to power-hungry, big capacity V-twins and cruisers of all types and even ATV/SSV models, snowmobiles and PWCs.”

One concern that riders sometimes express is that lithium batteries are not a year-round solution. When lithium technology first started to make its way into the motorcycle market, there was a widespread myth that they do not achieve optimum performance in extreme operating temperatures.

“That is indeed a myth,” says Menduni, “and I am pleased to say that the misunderstanding has pretty much disappeared now – especially since so many new models now feature lithium batteries as standard.

“Our batteries meet or exceed OEM requirements and can resist up to 230°C heat temperatures and are also able to start an engine after a very long period of storage – even in very cold temperature conditions. Our lithium batteries are a superior and genuine year-round solution.

“Another big advantage over lead-acid batteries is the weight saving – up to 70 percent lighter than lead-acid equivalents and with a charging process that is up to twice as fast. Motorcycle designers and customisers also love lithium batteries because they can be installed at an up to 180-degree angle of inclination.”

Installation is a lot easier with contemporary lithium technology than it was with the first generations. BS Battery recommends checking the regulator and maximum tension of the bike before the installation, but then they are quite easy to install – “all our lithium batteries are 100% ready to use, they are a genuine ‘plug & play’ technology,” says Menduni.

“Because our batteries were initially developed for OEM use and continuously tested for reliability in racing conditions, the reliability and durability of BS Battery lithium technologies really are state-of-the-art. Our BSLI02 is approved by many racing teams all over the world, and feedback from race and OEM engineers allows us to improve our range constantly.

“We also pay attention to small details like the LED indicator on top of the casing, so the state of charge can be seen quickly without the need to disconnect the battery from the bike. Much smaller than acid ones, our batteries are delivered with spacers to limit vibrations for a better riding comfort. We’ve also designed robust brass terminals to enhance electrical performance. In fact, we don’t provide products but solutions. Our France based R&D team is 100 percent focused on making life easier for workshops and riders.”

The BS Battery range features 14 different lithium part numbers, but the good news for dealers is that just three of them can cover up to 80 percent of the existing circulating park fitments – making inventory management easy. “We’ve also created an online tool called BATTERY FINDER, available on our website to help the dealers and riders find the fitment that is best for their motorcycle”.

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