Big Power in a small package
Remember the joy on Christmas morning when you tore the paper wrappings off of those wonderful new battery operated toys. That delight soon turned to frustration if they didn’t come with “batteries included.” This Christmas how would you like to receive a lightweight performance motorsport battery from Antigravity Batteries for the toy you already own?
Riders know that weight reduction is a great way of enhancing a bike’s performance. One significant source of weight is your motorcycle’s stock battery, which is usually a lead acid unit that can weigh upwards of seven pounds. Conversely, a battery from Antigravity can weigh less than a pound, yet still produce enough output to power your track bike all weekend long. Performance-scrounging riders probably know that an eight pound reduction in weight is the equivalent of adding approximately one horsepower to an engine’s output. Drastically cutting the weight of your battery is like getting a free pony!
Antigravity currently has four lightweight performance motorsport batteries to choose from. Their 2300 unit weighs 0.75 pounds, contains four cells that produce 12V at 2.3Ah, and is recommended for lighter displacement motorcycles, like supermotards, but can be used in machines up to 600cc inline four cylinders. The 4600 eight-cell unit produces 12V at 4.6Ah and weighs about 1.5 pounds. This battery is good for track bikes as large as 1200cc. Antigravity’s 6900 is intended for race motorcycles 1300cc or larger and contains twelve cells putting out 12V at 6.9Ah. The 6900 tips the scales at 2.25 pounds and is more than enough battery for most racing applications. Finally, the 9200 model contains 16 cells and can even start a 4.0 liter V6 car engine. The 9200 puts out 12V at 9.2 Ah and is recommended for motorcycles above 1800cc. (Is there such a machine? If so, we WANT one!) Each battery comes with zip ties and industrial Velcro for easy mounting, is shipped fully charged, and includes a quick-disconnect wiring harness to allow easy removal for charging or quick replacement.
Antigravity gave TrackdayMag.com the opportunity to test their batteries to see how the product would perform under the harshest conditions. The three batteries shipped to us were the 2300 four-cell, 4600 eight-cell, and the 6900 twelve- cell. We gave the 6900 to multiple AMA Dragbike and Hurricane Alley Drag Racing Series winner Patrick Chabaud, who installed it on his 2006 Kawasaki ZX-14 drag race bike. He commented, “The first thing I noticed was how light the battery was, weighing in at a little over two pounds compared to the ten pound stock battery. Installation was a breeze, since all necessary hardware was supplied, along with a cool quick-disconnect harness. I admit I was a bit skeptical that this little battery would be able to start the big Kawasaki’s 1352cc engine. Not only did it turn the motor over, it did so easier and faster than my stock battery. I picked up a tenth in my quarter-mile ET from the weight savings alone. Another advantage was the ease of this modification. The battery comes fully charged. Just install and go!”
Stunt rider Willy “Suicidl” Wintle of Otown Crew installed the 2300 battery in his 2004 Kawasaki 636 stunt bike. Willy remarked, “I was very much unconvinced that this small, four-cell battery could run my stunt bike right out of the box, since the 2300 is only about the size of an iPhone. As most people know, we stunters aren't kind to our bikes so we find out fast which parts are inferior. I was ready to put this battery in its place, but to my surprise it held up just fine. Installation wasn't bad at all; it just took some preplanning to make sure the battery was secure with foam and zip ties. During testing of the 2300, I rode my bike for a few hours at a crack, two to three times a week, doing everything from stoppies to revlimiter burnouts and every kind of wheelie. In the process, I wrecked very lightly a few times and after each fall, the battery started my bike just fine. The outside temperature was between 65-95 degrees and colder temperatures seemed to affect the battery’s ability to start my bike but only a very tiny bit. Overall, I'd give the product a seal of approval for anyone looking to free up some room and lose some weight.”
The 4600 battery was fitted to the DaytonaSportbikes.com Racing Suzuki SV650. DaytonaSportbikes.com runs the two-hour ASRA Team Challenge series and needed a battery that would last for the duration of a race. A typical endurance race includes a few pit stops requiring the motor to be turned off and then quickly restarted with the engine still blazing hot, a feat that can tax even stock batteries. As it turns out, Antigravity’s 4600 unit was able to power the SV through the entire race without even a hiccup, including two standard pit stops. Restarting after a refuel was never a problem, and the DaytonaSportbikes crew made it through both pit stops without having to bump-start the motorcycle, an issue which had occurred in prior races with the stock battery. Aside from its performance, the team’s crew chief was excited about the battery’s easy installation and the riders certainly appreciated the six pound weight reduction over the standard battery.
Antigravity Battery’s lightweight motorsport batteries are an awesome addition to any race track motorcycle. They afford a featherweight alternative to your motorcycle’s hefty stock battery and augment the performance of your track bike. These batteries were tested by riders who demand top-performing components and Antigravity passed with flying colors. Retail prices for these lightweight batteries start at $139, which makes them affordable Christmas presents and they are small enough to fit in a stocking!
Check out Naarden Sportbike Super Store at www.naarden.biz to find a battery for your application!