fast forward three years and time for a new battery.
two things i find helpful when the dead battery strikes. And it will. Like the grimm reaper.
1) powerall jumpstarter ($100 bucks, but good grief worth every penny)
2) a roll of fiber tape (so you dont have to completely remove the tank )
my Powerall i keep in a red tool bag clearly marked 'BATTERY' in a place my wife can easily find in the garage.
(I keep that red bag right next to the other red bag marked 'TIRES' - yup, i make it that easy for her)
A phone call gets her in the car (mumbling and cursing my name im pretty sure ) with the red battery bag, and blammo, even before her tail lights have disappeared ( no she doesnt wait for me )- im on my way home in an instant.
The roll of fiber tape i use to hold my tank in place ( the tank is resting on the cylinder on the left side ) and the long piece of fiber tape keeps it in place nicely. If you have a wife WHO HATES TO HOLD TANKS, EXHAUSTS, HEADERS ETC while you thread bolts or pop quick release hoses then you should get to be very very very good friends with different kinds of tape.
Heres what both look like.
oh, btw the Powerall will jumpstart 20 cars before it needs a charge. ( no kidding ), and it only needs to be topped up every 3 months.
One thing to note about the Powerall, I have pigtails on all my bikes and car (with an sae plug ) for use with a battery tender. I made ( although im sure you can purchase) and sae plug-to-alligator clips ( +/-) attachment that i use to connect to the powerall. The connector on the powerall is a proprietary plug, but i didn't even bother looking on their site to see if they had any adapters etc, as i had some alligator clips and a spare sae plug). I just clip red to red, black to black. Simple ( and was free).