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Re: Battery longevity?

  .Note that you need a different Tender 
  for lead acid versus gel batteries.

  -Steve Makohin
   '01 R1100S/ABS
   Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Steve, this is a commercial myth. It is true only if you want a gel battery fully charged. the battery tender cannot do that, on the other hand it cannot charge fully an acid battery either.  Battery tender is able to maintain a certain level of charge, mostly just enough to start the bike, from there on your alternator takes over.

Any regular battery charger is good enough to charge a gel battery, but do not over charge, use a timer.
Bob Silas
With my first gel battery