Thanks for the time and work to share your journey. Hope someday I can get up to that area. As per battery on my '02 1150, the abs light would come on when starting was the first sign of the battery going out. Dealer in Baton Rouge replaced it under warranty way back in '03 I think. One of the most comfortable bikes I've traveled on.
A '00 KLR 650 37,000 miles, A '07 1250S 75,000 actual, A '03 5.3L Chevy Truck 75,000 + '43 style dude , Simper Fi ;-)