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Offline Bob

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Adding heated gera to my C14
« on: September 17, 2008, 10:08:00 pm »
Has anyone bought and connected a heated jacket to your C-14. My wife and I bought the Tour Master heated jackets and when I looked at the C14 manual, it says you can only connect a maximum of 70W to the bike or you will discharge the battery. The jackets each draw 76watts. Is that a misprint in the manual or is that true. Anyone know the real deal. I'm no electrician.  
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2008, 12:23:00 pm »
Wiser people than I will reply to this, but after a little research I discovered that the 70W maximum is for the dash outlet, not the bike. There's more juice than that available, but whether it's enough to run both liners simultaneously w/o draining the battery I don't know.  
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008, 04:51:00 pm »
I believe the C-14 has 580 watts max output. So you shouldn't have any issues with wiring in your electrics.  AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2008, 01:03:00 am »
I know this was discussed xxx but was it ever determined what the total was and what was available in excess of what the bike needs ?    

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2008, 09:45:00 pm »
Thanks for input guys. I guess I'll find out the hard way. I wired it up and ran with one jacket. I didn't see any degradation on the battery. It maintained voltage without issue. I'll try to ride this weekend with the wife and test them both out.    
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2008, 12:09:00 pm »
Yes, please do report what you find, I know there are a bunch of people wondering about this very thing.  
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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2008, 10:31:00 am »
UPDATE:  Well I took a cool ride and ran my jacket and the heated grips on high. I did see the battery go down to 13.8 volts when I stopped but it went right back up to 14.4 volts while I was moving. The weather got warm so I haven't had a chance to test two jackets and the heated grips all together yet but so far the bike seems to handle the load.  
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2008, 12:54:00 am »
From where did you wire the power?  Did you use the Cigarette Adapter from the dash or another source?      ~Moto Madness    2009 Kawasaki Concours 14; Black, ABS  2008 BMW F800ST    Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt @ 70 mph can double your vocabulary  
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2008, 01:35:00 pm »
Well the final test was a success. I wired both jackets directly to the battery and put a relay in-line for both feeds so that the power would disconnect when the bike was off. I tied the relay's to the accessory power under the seat. I didn't like the idea of having the jackets live when the engine was off. I ran both jacket as well as heated grips and the battery had no issues with the load. It went down to about 13.5 volts when I was just idleing at a light but as soon as I started moving it went right back up to 14.4 volts. After a nice toasty ride I have to say Tour Master heated gear is GREAT. Can't wait for the ride to Bar Habour, ME next week.  
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2008, 01:58:00 pm »
Hmm looks like I should have jumped in here a long time ago.   ;)    My wife and I EACH have full sets of Gerbing's heated gear - gloves jackets pants and socks.  I have a small fuse block wired to the battery (with a relay so it's off when the bike is) and tucked under the plastic, and the gear wired into that.  We have successfully run both entire sets at once with no problem, while running my Autocomm and Zumo.  Granted we don't do that a lot, but we have done it with no adverse effect.  Just don't leave it cranked on high while sitting at stoplights and you shouldn't have any trouble.  :)  John  2008 Concours14 "Conundrum",2006 Blue ZX-14 "Zexy"  COG # 6819,AMA # 840034,ROK # 398016  PROUD owner of a Concours14 - 41k mi. and rising and I LOVE IT!!!  
  
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