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post #1 of 11 Old 09-07-2009, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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How much juice can she handle?

I just recently bought an '05 1000. It has heated hand grips installed at the dealership, a cigarette lighter style power outlet, and a powercommander III. I just took the lead for my heated vest off my old bike, and mounted it on the battery under the seat of the vstrom as I'm headed out tuesday for a week long trip through Oregon and expect some cool weather. Now that it's on I am wondering if all these farkles will overload the charging system? I'd rather be cold than have to push my bike miles to a mechanic. Any body have an opinion?
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You've got about 150 watts at your disposal.

Been a few people burning out their stators. Using the electrical system's max output for long periods of time may or may not be a good idea.

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Sorry, does that mean 150 left after this other stuff is on, or 150 to play with all together? Not that it matters to me at this point cause I don't really know the ratings of the heated grips or the vest?
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I've been looking through the other threads, while waiting for comments on mine. Has anyone seen a relevant thread I could be directed to?
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2 things - 1) read the stickies at the top of each forum - they will answer a lot of questions that get asked often. 2) use the search. Not the forum one, go to google and type [your search terms] site:stromtrooper.com. Without the square brackets. Your question is a common one (very!) and you may either get ignored or blasted for not making an effort to find it yourself. Good luck, from a former Islander.

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Sorry, does that mean 150 left after this other stuff is on, or 150 to play with all together? Not that it matters to me at this point cause I don't really know the ratings of the heated grips or the vest?
I believe the 1000 has 400 watts available. I believe the new 650s are also at 400 watts now.


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The 150W is the top of the available range to play with beyond the stock configuration using a 400W output bike. I like to say 125-150W. The get 150W, the bike pretty much has to be kept near the maximum output point of 5000rpm. Anybody using heated gear or auxiliary lighting out to have a voltmeter mounted to monitor the charging system. I like on on any bike. In case of charging system problems, a meter lets you know before you drain the battery.

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2002 DL1000 = 350W. All other years = 400W.
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I just recently bought an '05 1000. It has heated hand grips installed at the dealership, a cigarette lighter style power outlet, and a powercommander III. I just took the lead for my heated vest off my old bike, and mounted it on the battery under the seat of the vstrom as I'm headed out tuesday for a week long trip through Oregon and expect some cool weather. Now that it's on I am wondering if all these farkles will overload the charging system? I'd rather be cold than have to push my bike miles to a mechanic. Any body have an opinion?
Yeah, you'll be alright so long there are no problems with the charging system. A vest and grips are well within acceptable limits. Just don't spend a long time idling with all the stuff turned on.

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Yeah, you'll be alright so long there are no problems with the charging system. A vest and grips are well within acceptable limits. Just don't spend a long time idling with all the stuff turned on.
Also, a heat-troller type controller
http://www.warmnsafe.com/motorcycle_product_TOC.php
which pulses on/off uses less power. Many high-low switches use a resistor in the low range circuitry, wasting the extra watts to heat.

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