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post #1 of 14 Old 11-22-2019, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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to the topic at hand:
first, i am electrically uninformed..... i just need some information before adding some accessories....

i am adding some auxiliary lights, heated grips, & occasionally wear a heated vest & am trying to figure out the total watt-draw for these items that i can safely run....(this is something i never worried about on my gs - yeah, i had more lights than necessary)

i searched the forum & several posts indicate a 2014+ dl1000 produces 490w with about 200w available for accessories
1) is the 200w available correct? i assume it is since the number was provided by grey wolf....
2) is there a "rule of thumb" on what percentage of watts available is safe/recommended?

the total draw of likely accessories is 210w:
- led lights 120w (2 @ 60w) i could obviously get a set of lights requiring less wattage, but i have the 60w's on the shelf....
- oxford heated grips 60w (2 @ 30w)
- old widder vest ~30w

i clearly cannot run all 3 at the same time if the above 200w available is correct....but this would rarely happen...

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-22-2019, 01:05 PM
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I would recommend lower wattage led lights that you could have on all the time for safety. Are those the leds with 6x10w each? That is a crazy amount of light. Mine are 10w each. I would also recommend a voltage monitor to keep an eye on things.

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post #3 of 14 Old 11-22-2019, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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...3x20w/light....

my aging eyes yielded an unpleasant/uncomfortable night ride back from a club mtg earlier this fall (deer in abundance)... i remembered liking how the piaa 910s on my gs turned night into day so i thought something equally powerful would be good, but you're right - 60w/light is a bit nuts....i am looking at different lights.... probably 25-40w/light....

doesn't the voltmeter on the stock display give me an accurate read? i assume dropping below 12v is not good....
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-22-2019, 03:19 PM
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The Suzuki meter on my V2 reads 0.4 volts low so you could have some spare volts to play with.

You want to stay above 13v as a minimum, a battery needs 12.8 just to stay full.

I would actually measure the loads as something like your oxfords would rarely be used at full whack.

You can fit LED globes to the headlight and get a saving there.

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Very cool, glad Suzuki added a voltage monitor. Here's hoping they listen. Have you compared its reading to a direct reading at the battery? Here's the voltage scale GW shared often.

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post #6 of 14 Old 11-22-2019, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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right..... this "good&safe volt range" data is just what i was looking for! thanks!

yeah... i thought about led headlight replacement - just haven't researched it yet... anyone have suggestions on one that is a simple plug&play w/ no risk of melting nearby plastics? or just point me to a forum thread....
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My LED headlights are also 10w each and are between 2 and 3 times as bright as stock. they really light up the place. You could also free up a small amount of watts with led tail/brake lights while becoming more visible from behind.

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One of these would help a lot. It gets your attention when your attention is needed. Most people just go with the stock meter. It will get your attention after the bike dies.

https://www.adventuretech.biz/signal...e-monitor.html

The power available for each model is stated on VSRI electrical 101. The site does not seem to be all that responsive at the moment, but should be back.
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rlb, i did not realize led headlights had so little draw....again something to rsrch over the winter....

thanks rich!

since it is there, i check the voltmeter while on rides..... your meter is surely more accurate, however....

vsri site not responding - i'll check later....

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I replaced the power socket with a volt meter, I have power in my top box so I can plug stuff in and walk away

I like the extra meter so I can watch my voltages before and while starting the bike & a clearer display while on the move.

You will see when a battery is getting towards the end of it's life by knowing the numbers it is producing.

Due to voltage loss across the bikes system the power socket meter reads 0.2v low the Suzuki one reads 0.4v low.

LED's produce more light and less heat so the chance of melting plastic is greatly reduced.

RLB, Since 2014 we have had LED tail and brake lights so no savings there.
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