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Yuasa launches search to find longest serving motorcycle battery

GS Yuasa has launched a social media search for the longest lasting Yuasa motorcycle batteries still in service.

The battery maker says it is giving a free replacement to any UK and Ireland resident who has one over 15 years old.

Entrants simply need to share a picture of their battery and bike on social media. Yuasa says it will then get in contact asking for the battery’s date code.

The first person has already been revealed. Tony Donnelly, owner of a Yuasa branded Original Equipment (OE) YTX12-BS battery fitted to his 1998 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat lasted an extraordinary 22-year service life.

Mr Donnelly has spent the last 20 years racking up an impressive 35,000 miles all powered by the YTX12-BS. From touring Europe’s Alpine passes to some of the roads used for the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, the Thundercat has also done multiple runs all over the UK and one visit to the Isle of Man for the TT.

When asked about the secret to maintaining good battery health, he says: “The bike is always stored in a garage overnight. Over winter I put a blanket over the bike, but the battery is always left connected. I run the bike up once a month or so if I have not been out over winter.

“The bike is completely the same as when it came out the factory and always started first time. The battery finally breathed its last breath on November 4, 2020.”

GS Yuasa recommends maintaining the battery with a smart charger whilst the bike is in storage, so the service life achieved by Donnelly’s battery is even more remarkable.

James Douglas, European Group Marketing Manager for GS Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd says: “Our motorcycle batteries are fitted as Original Equipment by the world’s motorcycle manufacturers precisely because of their long service life and exceptional reliability. Over the years we have had occasions of our motorcycle batteries providing exceptionally long life, so we are on the hunt for more examples around the country.

“We are encouraging all motorcyclists to check their battery, not just for the service life but to look after and maintain it correctly. If your battery is over 15 years old, whether it’s a YTX, YTZ, or GYZ then your replacement is on us!”