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Offline Apeman

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Need help identifying these PO installed doodads
« on: September 28, 2011, 06:19:52 pm »
I recently bought a '93 Connie that had been owned for a long time by someone who is not available to me.  He installed some controls, switches, etc. that are not in the owner's manual that I hope you guys will recognize. 

First, there is a little red button on the left handle control pod.  (see pic)  I have pressed it at various times, and do not have a clue what it may be for.  (It is not for the ejection seat, luckily.)  Any ideas?

Second, are what appear to be heated gear items (a switch and a covered receptacle for some oddball type of plug).  What is all this?  There are heated grips installed, which I was told are activated by the switch, but I do not know if that is true yet.  There is also a lot of extra wiring, junction boxes, etc. under the seat.  I am a long-time rider, but have never used heated gear, and will not likely use it much here in Northern Cal since even our winters are relatively mild except for the rain, and I do not ride in the rain.  I have always just used heavier gloves, and a fleece vest under my jacket to stay warm.   Hell, my other bikes don't even have a windshield!  So, should I remove this stuff, or should I embrace the energy wasting power of the hot dark side, and pretend I am commuting in my Mercedes?
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Re: Need help identifying these PO installed doodads
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2011, 06:53:44 pm »
If that's Chad Olson's old bike, then the button is a push to talk switch for when he had a Chatterbox set up. You could wire the button for anything - PTT, garage door opener, etc.

The Powerlet outlet can be used to power any device you want - radio, GPS, radar, etc. But the plug is specific to Powerlet, it is not a "cigarette lighter" socket.
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Re: Need help identifying these PO installed doodads
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2011, 09:50:28 pm »
The H - off - L switch looks like the one I have that came with my Murphs heated grips.
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Re: Need help identifying these PO installed doodads
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2011, 05:27:56 am »
I would leave the power recepticle and the heated grips and pretent your commuting in your Mercedes. These could actually be handly some day / some time.  AS for the PTT switch I would probably remove it, if I could plug the hole and not have it leak or look like ####. Otherwise Merdedes gets my vote.
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Re: Need help identifying these PO installed doodads
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2011, 09:25:04 pm »
Garage door opener would be my choice for the push switch. Mine lives in the right side glove box.
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Re: Need help identifying these PO installed doodads
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2011, 08:08:06 pm »
The garage is already overfull (my workshop space, plus my GF's accumulations of stuff from living here for 30 years), so the Connie lives outside, as does my Mercedes.  Plus, the garage door is about 80 years old, made of solid wood (probably old growth redwood), and likely would burn out any motor on a garage door opener.    I am the garage door opener.    That reminds me, I need to buy another bike cover -- it may rain here in Berkeley sometime next month, or the month after that.  Also, it may drop down to 50F in the winter.  Cold. 
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