Originally Posted by DockingPilot
I have similar requirements when we go. Before our "Forever West trip, I asked my friend "how old is your 950 battery" ?
I told him to change it out before we leave,
why ? he asked.
"Because I aint pushing or towing your bike across the big empty on a 25 degree morning"
I replace my battery every 3 years now, even if it seems fine.
It works out to about $30 /year for the feeling of confidence you get when, after parking to take a piss 40 miles back in the woods, you return to the bike and put your thumb on the starter button. It's worth it : no more 'come on baby, start for me prayers', no special starter tricks, just push the button and go.