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post #1 of 11 Old 11-20-2006, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Help with heated grips, don't tell my wife

Ok... ok... ok..

When I bought my Wee I was fortunate enough to get a pair of heated grips as part of the deal. They were not installed but they were included.
I mentioned to my wife that I wanted to buy a controller for the heated grips, she said no... this isn't like her but it is the holiday season, which starts pretty early at my house due to our annaversary in mid November, several family birthdays in December (My wifes included) and Christmas in there too. I thought she had spent more money than she had told me and as it turns out, she did.
For our Annaversary she bought me a pair of genuine Suzuki heated grips with the controller and the works. This is teh full meal deal with the throttle controll assembly, harness, controller and grips. Suzuki part number 57100-06860.
Here is the rub... I am pretty much stuck installing these things and that is fine, but before I do I gotta know... Is the Suzuki controller as good as the Roller Troller? That is to ask, is the Suzuki controller a pulse width modulator or is it the cheap energy wasting rehostat?
I would very much prefer to have a modulator as they are far more energy effecient.
I can't tell my wife and I don't want her to know because as it turns out I am VERY difficult to buy presents for. I am picky about my boat, my bike and my hobbies and the last thing I need is for her to think I don't love the gift. I LOVE THE GIFT ok, but I may need to get a roller troller and put it into the guts of the Suzuki controller :twisted: .
Help a brother out and tell me what you know... other than I deserve a lump of coal for Christmas...

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I'm not familiar with the politics of marriage, but my suggestion would be to either install the Suzuki grips or tell your wife she's a lousy gift giver. But seriously...install the OEM grips and enjoy. The warm feeling you get will come from the heated grips, not from the knowledge that you're getting great energy efficency from the pulse width modulation.

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The Suzi controller is resistive, but unless you're always running at the limit of the stator (like me) the grips don't draw all that much -- 30 or 35 watts is an educated guess. They get their power from the 15A headlight circuit if you use the designated connector.

I get into trouble when I use the heated jacket liner (77 watts), heated gloves (27 watts), and my 2 meter transceiver.

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Tmcgee, does it charge any better now that the Idle is raised???

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Tmcgee, does it charge any better now that the Idle is raised???
Much better. Getting the voltmeter installed will give me some warning next time, and I'll make a set of jumpers for the tool kit.

I also ordered a light fleece jacket so as not to depend on the electric liner so much, but it's probably like the heated seats that came in my last car. I laughed about having bun warmers, and ultimately found myself using them all winter.

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Yea, My concern was that I want to add more electronics... Communication system, GPS, accessory outlet etc. so I was trying to plan smart from the beggining.
As it turns out she got me the wrong parts, the number listed above is for the DL 1000, not the DL 650. So, we'll get the right parts and I will install them anyway.
I found a battery operated heated vest that sounds like it will be just what I want... won't tax the battery and I can use it for work and fishing... many places where a cord would not be cool.
It is the Jett battery operated heated vest and I linked ot in the thread I started in the review section.

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I found a battery operated heated vest that sounds like it will be just what I want... won't tax the battery and I can use it for work and fishing...
You're not going to get any serious heat out of a battery operated vest for very long unless it's a big battery. Maybe those vests are okay for working in a cool office? I don't know.

I put 200 miles on my DL650 today. Air temp only got to 42°F and the Gerbing was cranked up full (77 watts) and I wasn't thinking about turning it down at all.

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Sealed lead-acid batteries able to supply that amount of amp-hours are half the size of a paving brick and weigh about the same.

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Yea, I know what you are saying...
These vests use a different technology and a light weight sealed battery system. Initially I was also concerned about being injured by the battery should I lay down the bike or have to get off it in a hurry.
After further review and research I found actual rider reports that are favorable and I am going to go ahead and get one of these vests for Christmas.
When I do I'll be sure to write a review.
I am not a fair weather biker but if conditions are such that I can not ride in comfort with this setup I will change the setup or not ride in those conditions.

I wish these bikes had a little more output. My Suzuki outboard motor on the boat has the best alternator output in it's class.... go figure?

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Other electronics draw very little current, so they should be a non issue at cruising speeds. Anytime you are heating something, you are creating quite the flow. Heated grips AND vest would be really pushing it. Heated grips, GPS, aux outlet all at once...... no problemo!!!!

I am gonna get the Zuk heated grips eventually, they will work plenty good for my needs.

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