June 01, 2013
Light And Compact
Model Tested: LFX14L2-BS12
David Patterson: First off, I’ve been very pleased with the stock starting system on my 2013 KTM 300XC. The Austrian company reportedly has done a few upgrades to the starter for 2013, and mine has worked flawlessly from day one.
That being said, I was looking forward to seeing if it could get any better with this Shorai’s much lighter lithium-iron phosphate battery vs. the KTM’s stock dry-charge unit.
The spec sheet definitely leans toward the Shorai. The Shorai has a 14,000 mAh/14.00 Ah capacity (stock is 4,000/4), offers up 210 cold-cranking amps (stock is 50), and weighs 1.6 pounds (stock is 3.4). The Shorai has a two-year warranty.
The Shorai also is physically smaller than the stock battery. To accommodate, it comes with foam tape to help provide a snug fit. Held in with the stock rubber strap, the battery is secure. No worries there.
I put a fair amount of time on the battery. I spent a week riding at a local riding park in Georgia prior to the first round of the AMA Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series in Greensboro, Ga., on Feb. 17. The mornings were cold, so I relied on the kickstarter to get things going (as I always do), but after the initial warm up, the Shorai worked flawlessly. And the bike fires up immediately. This battery is a real weapon for dead-engine starts.
Since those cold February mornings, I’ve had a lot more time with the Shorai, and it has worked flawlessly. I have not kicked my bike once since that first week.
Besides the starting performance, the weight is another benefit. While I might be stretching the truth if I told you that I felt the difference between 3.4 and 1.6 pounds while riding, just consider how much it would cost to save that much weight with titanium fasteners, and the Shorai is a huge bargain!