I got just what I expected out of this battery last time, and I'm replacing it after 5 years use because I let a cell run dry. MY fault, NOT the battery's! I'd say I don't know what it is with people's batteries dieing, but I DO know what it is. First off, clean the battery terminals AND the lugs that bolt up to the battery. Always check your hot and ground at their termination points as well, and KEEP THEM CLEAN. Before you buy your new battery, check the charging output of your bike, if only VOLTS! You should generally see between 13.5 and 14.8 volts between the battery terminals with the engine running, even if the battery is dead and you had to jump start the machine to perform this test. If you are running higher than 14.8V you have a bad voltage regulator and you will continue to fry batteries and write bad reviews about good batteries. If you are running much lower than 13.5 you may have a bad voltage regulator, rotor (unlikely) stator, wiring problem or other charging system fault, which could in fact be worse at some times than others causing a further discharge of the battery that SEEMS to be fixed by putting a brand new fully charged battery in. Here's a HUGE one that I know for a fact is the root cause of every bad battery review where the battery is dead in 2 or 3 months, and is likely true in 50% or more of the cases where it's dead first thing the next season: Batteries are shipped, "dry charged." As such, you COULD put the electrolyte (acid) in the battery, install it on the bike and most likely get the bike to start. If you do so you have also just killed your brand new battery and are destined to come here in a couple months and write a bad review. You HAVE to properly charge the battery before putting it into service! Yeah, I know you can make it work without charging it, but you've also ruined the thing and just don't know it yet. Of course you have to do some sort of maintenance charging in the off-season if you live in a cold climate like I do. This does NOT mean start the bike and run it for 10 minutes a couple times through the winter. You're doing MUCH more harm that good by doing that. Pull the battery in the fall. Check the electrolyte levels and top them up. If you can, keep the battery in a heated shop, but don't worry if you can't do that. It's ok to keep them in the freezing cold JUST AS LONG AS YOU KEEP THEM FULLY CHARGED! ;o) I really don't like to leave a battery on a trickle charger all winter long. I charge it fully before winter when I pull it out of my bike after I top up the electrolyte, usually toward the end of November to mid December. (I'm kind of nuts, if the snow's not sticking to the road and the town's not using salt yet I still ride.) After that, I check the electrolyte and charge usually two times, sometimes three through the whole winter and the battery is kept where the temperature is the same as the outside temperature. (COLD!) Of course, I usually change it three or four times toward the end because I'm getting anxious and want to be ready when I I can actually get the bike out, but that hardly counts. lol But I do NOT leave it on the charger longer than a day or two, even though it's a maintenance charger! If you're curious to know, I use an inexpensive Schumacher charger that I also bought at Walmart. It is not the wall-wart type one, it's the one just a step up from that one. Works great. I had trouble with one of the sets of leads that came with it and Schumacher sent me another set no questions asked. Then 3 or 4 weeks later they sent me a whole brand new charger too! Pretty cool, so, yeah, i guess I owe them a big public, "ATTA-BOY!" on that one! Good company! And lastly, WATER LEVELS. You need to check them every, well, I'll put it to you this way: if you check your water levels at the end of every month (we all have so much to do at the first of the month that the end of the month just seems to work better), you'll be fine. ALWAYS, but ALWAYS, use DISTILLED WATER!!! (Did I mention that you always want to use distilled water?) I can't say enough about this, and I'm no excepting. I'm replacing my going on 6 year old battery because I let a cell go dry. MY FAULT. I should say the once a month thing for the water levels is when the battery is in service. When it's not in service just check them before and after each time you charge and that's fine. You can go two, or even three months between charging the battery in the winter. As long as the top of the battery is CLEAN AND DRY so the battery can't discharge through a layer of grime on top of the battery between the terminals, you're gonna be cool for several years using this good old fashioned lead acid battery. Lots of people who have blown big bucks on fancy new-fangled batteries are back to using the tried and true lead acid like these and they'll never go back to those expensive, designer, "super batteries," again. Look man, you have metal plates with acid in between them and the chemical reaction caused makes electricity. There's nothing special about a battery unless it's poorly made! This is a good battery, and you have to maintain good batteries or they're junk in no time at all.