So I hate to admit my extreme level of ignorance in public and all, but I'm desperate, so here goes.
I've done a couple searches, and there are many threads on dead batteries, but they all seem to address someone with a modicum of maintenance abilities Furthermore, you've said so much that I'm utterly confuzzled.
Here's the issue: I usually ride intermittently throughout the winter, but this year has sucked. Therefore... my GT 200 has been in the garage, lonely, for around 3 months. Never been through this before, since I commute on my scoot and I've got about 8k miles on it, so she doesn't get neglected often. Tried to start it up yesterday, and she's dead. No ignition turn over at all. No sound. I figure it's most likely the battery. (cross fingers there are no gas issues once I get this battery thing worked out) but from here I'm not sure which route to go:
New battery? Battery tender? I read a post about the optimate III and something about sulfates?
What all needs to be tested in order to determine? If I get a new battery, I read a few things about filling with this or topping off this or charging that - what all do I have to do if I get a new battery?
um, please help the desperate.