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As said, a sealed battery is the only requirement. You can spend as little as about $20 on a cheapo ebay battery (wouldn't recommend), up to about $200 for an Odyssey (pricey, but they last forever- I had one that was 8 years old in my Vmax and it still load tested as new, and would crank over that big high compression V4 in the dead of winter like nothing). I've run the $20-30 cheapo's in the past, ehh, I mean they'll work but I noticed they tend to have a quite low capacity. As in they'll crank the engine over fine and have ok cranking amps, but if it doesn't start in the first couple tries, it rapidly craps out. They also tend to have higher than average self discharge rates. Let them sit for a few weeks and they're half dead.
The parts store batteries are fine. Yuasa is OE fitment for most Japanese bikes, hard to go wrong there. You can get them online for a substantial savings versus a dealership.
I've never had good luck with Walmart's batteries in anything. I call them the NeverStarts. I'd get a year or two at best out of them in my truck. They always seemed to crap out juuuust outside the warranty period, and when one failed in the warranty period it was pulling teeth to get them to honor it.
The lithium batteries are an option but as said they're quite expensive, and really only useful if weight saving is a priority. They tend to be found mostly in small dual sports or enduros. They also don't work well in the cold. Losing 3lbs off the battery will make an ant fart in tornado's worth of difference on a C50.