Yes, because there are different types of batteries you can buy for your motorcycle. First of all, there are conventional batteries powered by an electrolyte. They are the cheapest option but tend to discharge rapidly. AGM sealed batteries are spill-proof and are preferred for upscale motorcycles. They don't require much maintenance either. Finally, there are lithium batteries which are faster at charging and last longer.
First, you need to look at the brand and the model. Look at certain specifications like battery size, polarity, CCA (Cold Cranking Amps), and battery technology. Then, select a battery suited to your bike model. All of the specs mentioned above are important and should be compatible with your vehicle. If you're riding an off-road motorbike, then consider either lithium or factory-activated AGM batteries for best performance.
Factory-activated AGM batteries are considered the best for motorcycles. These are pre-filled, sealed, and ready to use. They're also maintenance-free, leak-proof, and spill-proof. The only disadvantage of factory-activated AGM battery is they have a shelf life. So if you don't use it right away or use it infrequently, then the battery will die quickly.
AGM batteries usually last longer than conventional electrolyte batteries. Several brands offer AGM batteries, but the ones from Yuasa are considered best for motorcycles. On average, most motorbike batteries last 48 months. The longevity also depends on the maintenance, how frequently the battery is used, and riding habits. With proper maintenance, you can make an AGM battery last longer.
There are several brands that make lithium motorcycle batteries. But two brands, in particular, Battery Tender and Antigravity make the best lithium motorcycle batteries. The Antigravity AG-1201 model is one of the best li-on batteries. It operates in the 13-volts range and delivers 360 cranking amps. Similarly, Battery Tender models offer 12-volts and 480 CCA.
Lithium-ion batteries have their pros and cons. First of all, they have the safest chemistry among all battery types. When they're used along with active intelligent monitoring, they offer superior performance. Li-on batteries also tend to be lighter, charge faster, and last long. The drawback of Lithium-ion batteries is it is fragile. So they need protection from being overcharged. The batteries degrade as they age. And they tend to be expensive too.
Lithium batteries are better than AGM in certain ways. For example, li-on batteries have a high energy density. So they store more power in the same battery size as AGM batteries. Because lithium-ion batteries have a low self-discharge rate, they have a longer shelf life. But lithium-ion batteries are also expensive than their AGM counterparts. And they're not ideal for every motorcycle.
Li-ion batteries do not die. They have a protection circuit that prevents them from over-discharging. They enter the sleep mode when left unused. Thus, you can recharge the lithium-ion batteries and bring them back to life. But do not recharge li-on batteries that have dwelled below 1.5V/cell. It can lead to total electrical short.
The average lifespan depends on the manufacturer, the model, and how well you maintain the battery. Most batteries tend to last between 36 to 48 months. AGM batteries and lithium-ion batteries have a longer lifespan than conventional batteries. As the batteries get closer to the end of their lifespan, the performance deteriorates.
If the battery fails to start your motorcycle, then chances are its CCA is lower than what's required for the motorcycle. If the battery drains faster than usual, then chances are the battery isn't compatible with the motorcycle. Furthermore, if the battery leak, then it might be damaged. In either case, you'd have to replace the battery at the earliest.