As you may recall, I'm the one who has the 2004 R1150R with battery issues (like a dummy, I forgot to disconnect it during the winter, and it discharged; throw in getting severe dermatitis in the spring [resulting in the bike sitting idle for a couple of addtional months], and it just added to the battery woes). Well, I did get my machine jump started from my car (it turned out that my jumper cable connections weren't good enough, when my previous jump start attempts failed), and took it out for a short spin, to see if the battery would recharge even a little bit. Things were going well until a mile out from home, when I missed my turn to loop around and head back towards home (I was going to ride around the neighborhood, so I wouldn't get stranded too far from home if things went wrong). I eased off the throttle to turn in a parking lot and head back towards home, and my R1150R died. As a result, I got to push a 500 lb motorcycle a mile, to get back home!
Obviously the battery is basically putting such an electrical load on the system, that the alternator can't supply enough current to keep everything running at idle. Soooo, no waiting to get a new battery, and trying to eke things out on the current battery, I need to get a new battery now.
I have a question - do I go OEM for a replacement battery, or is there a better aftermarket battery that I should go with instead? Thanks again for your input.