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Yamaha Zuma Battery | BikeMaster Trugel Battery MG5L-BS

Updated on June 10, 2014
Bikemaster Trugel MG5L-BS unboxed. Not pictured are the included terminal screw attachments.
Bikemaster Trugel MG5L-BS unboxed. Not pictured are the included terminal screw attachments.
Side by side comparison to the old battery.  Exactly the same dimensions.
Side by side comparison to the old battery. Exactly the same dimensions.
Fits perfectly in the scooter.
Fits perfectly in the scooter.

Yamaha Zuma Battery Replacement YW50

For most motorcycle or scooter riders finding a reliable long lasting battery can be a challenge. For my 2005 Yamaha Zuma the stock battery lasted about a year and I just kick started it for the next several years.

I finally have replaced the battery with a gel based BikeMaster Trugel MG5L-BS battery and thus far it's been a great battery. See the photos at right for some un-boxing images as well as comparisons to the old battery and installation in the Zuma.

Below is a run down (albeit some from the manufacturer) of the supposed benefits of using a gel electrolyte instead of a liquid. I can report that the battery came fully charged and fits perfectly for my application, I'll report back on the longevity but the 2 year warranty is a nice reassurance. I spent the few extra dollars in order to get the better cold weather performance and the durability (see the video at bottom ... insane!).

BikeMaster Gel Battery Benefits

  • Has a life span that can be up to twice that of a wet battery
  • Resists vibration and impacts which damage regular wet batteries
  • Works better at lower and higher temperatures than a wet battery
  • Won't leak, even if the case cracks (see video below)
  • Can be installed at any angle
  • Always maintains contact with all of the plates, giving more cranking power and longer life
  • Will not sulfate like a wet battery
  • 2-year manufacturer's warranty

BikeMaster Trugel Durability Demo

Need a Gel Battery For a Car?

Optima Batteries 8020-164 35 RedTop Starting Battery
Optima Batteries 8020-164 35 RedTop Starting Battery

You can get the same benefits of a gel electrolyte battery in your car too. They're more expensive but might help avoid being stuck on the side of the road...

 

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