December 5 2014.

Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) Ltd, the UK market leader for Automotive Aftermarket, Industrial and Motorcycle Batteries, has introduced an absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery specifically designed to replace the conventional vented lead-acid batteries that come as original equipment on BMW motorcycles.

The Yuasa YT19BL-BS battery includes the protective terminal caps that characterise BMW factory batteries, and fits a variety of models from 1970 to 2014, from 500cc to 1600cc engines.

“Batteries on BMW motorcycles are especially difficult to access,” said James Hylton, Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) Sales & Marketing Manager (European Automotive). “This makes it hard for the owner to maintain the battery on a regular basis. The new Yuasa YT19BL-BS battery is a sealed, maintenance-free AGM design, so there is no need to routinely check the fluid level.”

The Yuasa YT19BL-BS battery is 12V, rated at 170CCA and 17.7Ah. The battery measures 185 x 81 x 170mm and weighs 5.7kg.

The AGM technology, with a lead calcium design, used in the YT19BL-BS eliminates water loss and holds its charge more than three times longer than conventional lead antimony types.

The Yuasa YT19BL-BS AGM battery is shipped dry along with its own pack of electrolyte that is added at the time of installation. Once filled with electrolyte from its special packs, an AGM battery is virtually maintenance-free. The electrolyte is absorbed in the special plates and separators, so there is no need to worry about leaks onto valuable vehicle parts and accessories.

To complement its latest AGM battery, Yuasa also offers a range of smart battery chargers that provide state-of-the-art charging technology. The Yuasa YCX Smart Charger range for motorcycle batteries features three models – 12V YCX 5.0 & YCX 0.8 and 6V YCX 0.8 – delivering solutions for a broad range of battery-related problems including reconditioning functions for deeply discharged batteries, unique patented maintenance charging and patented desulphation functions to improve performance and extend battery life. Besides motorcycles, the chargers are suitable for use on all kinds of automotive and leisure batteries including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, ride-on lawnmowers, agricultural, marine and caravan/motorhomes.