Went to start the bike (Blackbird). Rur, rur,r.... Got in himmel, I cursed, silently of course, given that it was 6am in the quiet neighborhood (all the gunshots, squealing of tyres, shouts and screams had died down by then). Looks like the battery's finally carked it. Not bad going as it appears to be OEM and the bike's 8 years old now. Anyway, called 2 bike dealers. One, a Kawasaki dealer, has a genuine Yuauasa for $170 or a cheap generic brand for $80. Honda dealer in town has a battery, dunno if "genuine" or not for $85. Both items are the sealed types. Will pick one up tomorrow. In the meantime, just wondering if anyone here has bought a new battery for their bike (1000cc or thereabouts) and what you paid for it.