I went out to the parking garage last night to go home and the Scarabeo would not start. The dash all lit up, the headlight was on and the starter would turn over, but not enough juice to start it up. I called several battery places and motorcycle dealers around downtown Everett, and no one had a battery in stock. I had to call my wife to come get me.
So I went to Interstate Batteries this morning, and was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a AGM battery in stock to fit. $ 100 with tax out the door. The lead-acid battery would have been around $ 72 out the door. It was well worth the extra cost to get the AGM battery.
I was surprised I only got two years out of the lead-acid battery, since I connected it to my battery tender every night. But as I discovered, once the battery poops out, you aren't going anywhere until it is replaced. At least with the Suzuki, I can bump start that by rolling downhill.