So after the bike drop and the three week wait for mirror and footpeg replacements the bike wouldnt start... The engine turned over - but didnt quite 'catch' (none of that really dead battery 'click click click' noise). Having my suspicions about the battery I whipped off the seat and popped on my charger to find only 1 red light (theres 4 lights on the charger - 3 red, 1 green).. So I left it charging for a couple of hours and then tried turning it over again... and once again the engine turned over - but without enthusiasm and did not fire up. When I reconnected the battery charger, once again it was down to 1 red light (and I'd only cranked the engine for about 5 seconds) - but came back to green within half an hour. So - I'm thinking theres something wrong with the battery and it needs replacing. [feel free to offer other explanations of what might be wrong] Looking at batteries is a painful task. My experience with all kinds of automotive batteries is that they tend to be rubbish - I've spent $500 on 4WD battries, $250 on family sedan batteries and $70 on bike batteries before and it doesnt seem to matter whether I buy 'good' ones or cheap ones they all die far sooner than my ever decreasing expectations.... but despite that theres something niggling away in me suggesting that buying the cheapest may not be the best idea. Here are my choices: "Roadstar" YTX9BS from Teammoto - $70 "Yuasa" YTX9BS from Super Cheap - $125 ? fancy talked up "gel" battery from eBay - $90 Gel Battery from Batterywork - $165 (WTF is a gel battery? and why is it good?) Do expensive batteries really last twice as long? (perhaps they last BEYOND their warranty by more than a month? :|) Should I just get the closest and cheapest and get myself on the road asap - or should I 'shop smart' and get a sophisticated battery from eBay - or are sophisticated batteries just sophisticated in their ability to extract more cash from unsuspecting motorists?