So I finally bit the bullet and ordered a new battery for the SV – a Yuasa YT12A-BS. It was a lot cheaper to purchase it on BikeBandit.com with my AMA discount and some points I had accumulated with them, so I chose to go that route instead of getting it from a local store. The only downside to this was that I had to activate and charge it myself before I could plug it into the bike.
It turns out that activation involved adding sulphuric acid to the battery and then sealing it up. The acid was provided in six little connected vials which you have to drain into the battery. Having burnt myself a couple of times with acid in chem lab back in the day, I was a little wary, but it was pretty smooth sailing.
It’s now sitting on the charger. Be nice if this were the end of my electrical woes. A girl can dream, right?