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I have a friend who may be facing some surgery soon and he is getting some bucket list issues out of the way. One of them was a three person group ride. We had a ball and great riding weather and twisty roads in the Kentucky hills. The friend's cousin cooked a breakfast of pork chops, bacon, eggs fried apples and of course biscuits and gravy, and ummm blackberry cobbler. Had to add some air to the tires,absolutely I met another of his friends to trailer both our bikes there and discovered my battery was giving up the ghost. Box auto parts stores seem to sell at almost double what the farm stores want for motorcycle batteries, but i did not want to hold up the trip. Advance auto had two in the size needed, so i thought the glass matt battery might last longer than a standard flood battery. That was two weeks ago and today upon starting the bike, the battery sounded like a flash camera unit charging up and then it made a 'POP' I don't know much about glass mat technology . The head honcho at Advance Auto said he would cover the warranty, but he thought it was the fault of the bike's charging system not charging the battery. I offered to show him that the old battery I had in the bike for the trip to the store was being charged at 14 volts if he wanted to grab a VOM.. Won the argument and got my money back.. Come to think of it, that very battery even two weeks ago acted like it would not fire the spark plugs, so stupid me whote that off to needing a tune-up . Not a fan of AGM at this point. Maybe someone who knows batteries can comment