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call me chicken but its gettin damn cold here and the bike is all im goin to have this winter. so i want as much of the toasty stuff as i can find. but i was wondering if there was some kind of limit to power you could pull off the bike without overloading the battery. it that possible? or am i just paranoid? thanks in advance
 

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call me chicken but its gettin damn cold here and the bike is all im goin to have this winter. so i want as much of the toasty stuff as i can find. but i was wondering if there was some kind of limit to power you could pull off the bike without overloading the battery. it that possible? or am i just paranoid? thanks in advance
Yes there is a limit. You own a street legal racing bike that is not built for accessories...keep that in perspective. If you want 'lectrics there are a few things you need.

1) A new battery, if you run electrics all winter I recommend replacing it every 2 years. If you're not ridding her then it better be on a trickle charger. The battery has to be well cared for or it'll bite you in the arse.
2) A voltmeter....it's a must

You can run electrics but you gotta take it easy....heated grips are a no brainer. They will barely break a sweat on your charging system.

The rest all takes a hit. I run a GPS, radar detector, cigarette lighter adapter, heated grips and vest. I don;t run them all together....but that's why I have a voltmeter. I can run almost everything if I have my revs up except the vest and grips at the same time. The rest hardly takes any juice. I also run lower wattage vests....like 45 watts. The full jackets pump like 75 watts and that will kill your bike. That's my experience and my $02. I've been running all this crap for 2 years with no issues.
 

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Gerbings long sleeve heated vest with thermostat and same heated gloves, radar detector all wired in....no problems....
 

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Yes there is a limit. You own a street legal racing bike that is not built for accessories...keep that in perspective. If you want 'lectrics there are a few things you need.

1) A new battery, if you run electrics all winter I recommend replacing it every 2 years. If you're not ridding her then it better be on a trickle charger. The battery has to be well cared for or it'll bite you in the arse.
2) A voltmeter....it's a must

You can run electrics but you gotta take it easy....heated grips are a no brainer. They will barely break a sweat on your charging system.

The rest all takes a hit. I run a GPS, radar detector, cigarette lighter adapter, heated grips and vest. I don;t run them all together....but that's why I have a voltmeter. I can run almost everything if I have my revs up except the vest and grips at the same time. The rest hardly takes any juice. I also run lower wattage vests....like 45 watts. The full jackets pump like 75 watts and that will kill your bike. That's my experience and my $02. I've been running all this crap for 2 years with no issues.
Yep, That's the gist of it. Wire in a meter to monitor, #1 Ya Gotta know how the system is doing, period.

An 08 ZX-10 rider in the San Francisco bay Area had Un-metered total surprise at night in fast close freeway traffic when lights went off and a few moments later engine stopped, he had no where to go with cement barriers (no emergency parking lanes). A big pickup truck saw what was happening and got right behind him with his Hazard lights flashing and escorted him as he pushed his bike to the slow lane and to a break in the Barriers.

Ya really want to say No Problem Folks? It could be Life or death. What the no problem folks are saying is, they haven't had a problem (yet). The rider in this case was just using a 45 watt heated vest. And fried one (or two) coils in the stator.
 

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07 ZX10R: Heated grips; 'lectric/heated vest, arm chaps, gloves; GPS; Radar detector; high beams on always. ...no issues... I tend to run the grips on low once they've gotten warm and use Heat-trollers. I rarely use the gloves....too bulky.

Tip: the Passport 8500 X50 has a built in volt meter display.
 

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What the no problem folks are saying is, they haven't had a problem (yet). .
And that the "no problem" folks don't know...the compentence of the guy who did the install on your example. :heyyou: ...but ya... monitoring is always a good idea. :cool:
 

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im a wuss when it comes to cold weather .. i would take the money i would spend on all the heated stuff and buy a cheap hooptie ... once i get cold i dont care how cool i look as long as im warm .. lmao
 

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And that the "no problem" folks don't know...the compentence of the guy who did the install on your example. :heyyou: ...but ya... monitoring is always a good idea. :cool:
I'm the guy in the example. I'm a competent mechanic. Installing the heated vest isn't very tough.

My ZX-10R has about 20,000 miles on it, so the stator may have been on the way out already, but my guess is that the vest contributed to frying it faster. The big thing I learned was to put a voltage monitor on my bike for safety.

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I also have a Gen2. I was looking at buying a FirstGear 90W Heated Jacket Liner FirstGear 15W Heated Gloves run by a Dual Controller.

Before I ordered my gear, I sat down with a service tech and the shop manual and we started calculating system output and counting watts used by the bike for everything from the computers and injectors to all of the lights. We found that I had MORE THAN ENOUGH surplus. Note: Apparently since I use this as a 45 mile round trip commuter during the week and rarely do I need to stop, my RPMs stay steady enough that I have never had an issue...and shouldn't. BUT...he did recommend that I put it on trickle once every 4-6 weeks to be safe. To be honest, I have never done that since the winters here in Alabama don't get cold enough for me to run the stuff full power more than a few days in a row. I never run the gloves more than 75% and the jacket about the same (except for this year...global warming my arse...).


But...experiences vary...and it's just my :2cents:
 
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