If you are about saving money, you can get a UB12220 22 amp/hr battery on ebay for 30 or 40 dollars free shipping, fits the LT beautifully. I installed one on my bike last year, and have had no problems with it at all. On another note, if you don't have an owners manual, you might consider finding one to assist you with the controls, buttons, gadgets and gilhickies that abound on the LT, things like the seat release is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are challenged, try to find another LT rider in your area, they would probably be good with coming over and giving you a walk through. Are you planning to ride the bike now? Has you riding experience improved in the last year? To be honest, I came off a 1800 goldwing on to the LT, loved the handling, the ride, but even so, I still had to respect the weight factor, same weight as the goldwing, but a little higher up. The beauty of the bike is that once you get going, the weight just melts away, and the bike is light on the handling and response. If you need to get used to the bike, take it somewhere where you dont have to do a bunch of stopping and tight turning, and slip the clutch, and just go, forget slow and easy, just get moving, when you want to stop, make sure the bike is rolling straight, and apply the brakes, let it stop, and put your feet out. it is heavy, just respect that if the big girl wants to take a nap, step clear, do not try to hold it up, you cant do it! you'll just end up hurting yourself if you do. GOOD LUCK!!!!