A good motorcycle battery can be the difference between a memorable trip and a miserable one. While battery maintenance is important it is also critical to have the right motorcycle battery for your needs. Most batteries are designed to OEM specifications for the size and shape of your motorcycle, ATV or UTV battery compartment and power output requirements. Like any aftermarket purchase it is important to choose the one that’s right for you. Power sport batteries come in many types, shapes and sizes: Sealed maintenance-free batteries are the most common type and have been the industry standard for many years from brands like Western Power Sports, Yuasa, Twin Power and Parts Unlimited. A new maintenance free battery typically requires a 6-12 hour charging time before it is ready to go. Gel batteries are the next step in the evolution of the battery. Gel batteries from Bike Master and Twin Power are billed as being more durable and less susceptible to harsh weather conditions. Lightweight Lithium-powered batteries from Shorai and Ballistic are part of the new era of motorcycle battery technology that offers very light weight, usually half of an OEM battery, along with smaller dimensions. These batteries are powerful but they require a bit more due diligence since they may require special battery chargers and operate better in certain conditions than others.