ok after reading about all the charging system problems it has gotten me worried quite a bit, "what if it happens to me!?" i know it will eventually go... but what can i do in the mean time for some piece of mind? its a 2010 f800gs and just got to the 40 000 km mark today. I was sick last week,so for about 5 days i never even started the bike just stayed in bed.Get better to ride again Anyways, i mentioned that because... when i started the bike yesterday the normal display pre system check or whatever its called was doing what it normally does... it started off by on the display only showing the time and odo reading...as well as both needles just moving around a bit at between 1000-2000 revs if i remember as well as hearing the computer making some other type of noise... when i got it started it was idling quite high(it was about 10 degree celsius) but a bit higher than usual and cut out quite easily after i put it in to gear(perhaps just operator error after being sick) so i turned it off for a reboot and did the same thing as first when i turned the key. Rode about 80 meters switched it off and did the same thing. Rode it about 10km then turned it off(once again to see if it still persisted) And it was gone... i have been noticing it doesnt start as quick with a press of the button. And thats what it used to be, just a quick press to get it running. Now you almost have to hold it in for a few mili-seconds longer. So i am suspecting that it is the battery. And am still contemplating which one to get... Hopefully its only that. I should probably ad that it has the battery it came out with( And about 2 months ago i fitted a set of spots,10watts each connected via a relay and fuse straught to the battery...and also started riding with the brights on) so im thinking that made the battery wear out quite a bit faster. Ive had no problems with the bike. And id like to keep it that way for as long as i can as im on a really tight budget. Dont know what ill do if the whole charging system goes on the fritz So if theres any wise in-mates here please help me out. Thanks ive heard about the story with volt meters, whats the teams view on that? 1.Is there anything i can check or do to see if its anything more?