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post #1 of 13 Old 01-03-2008, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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I Want To Ride!!!!

I hope it warms a little...... I want to ride..... Just got new jacket and gloves so 40 deg or so and I'm going.... Skiers pray for snow so I will pray for warm front and no rain.
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-04-2008, 03:03 PM
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Get the heated gear. I am soooo glad I purchased the heated gear. No matter how cold it is (-1 Monday morning for the ride to work) I can just RIDE.

Two bits of advice:

1. Pick a brand and stick with it. I did not do this and now have way too many connections and had to create new routing holes out of my one piece. If you go all one brand the socks plug into the pants plug into the vest plugs into the arms which plug into the gloves. You can pick up the whole suit for under $500.

2. Buy an LED taillight with integrated turn signals. Saves you a lot more wattage then you would think and looks GREAT. You can pick them up on ebay for under 50 bucks. I can run all my gear at once + room for a GPS if I can ever afford one.

2.5 Spring for the rheostat on the gear. I started with a switch and its just WAAY too hot. Being able to dial it down is a MUST.

2.75 Careful when the snow begins to MELT. I was fine with cleared roads and even a snowy driveway while it was cold. When it warmed enough for a melt I lost the front wheel at the end of the driveway where there was mud under the snow from the melt. No harm done but landing in the mud was a blow to the ego, oh, and one piece suits are a bitch to clean.

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Graywolf, Thanks for the great information. I never planed on riding during the winter but it drives me nuts to just see the bike sitting there.. I guess the DL650 produces enough amperage to use you heated equipment? Winter riding gear may rise to the top of my "to buy (without wife finding out)" list.
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i hear ya dude, i went for a spin today...38 degrees. a bit chipper, but only thing that was cold was hands. i need some heated grips.
where the [email protected] is floyds knobs...never heard of it...must be south some damn where.
im about 35 min south west of indy.

see u on the road....scag!
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Graywolf, Thanks for the great information. I never planed on riding during the winter but it drives me nuts to just see the bike sitting there.. I guess the DL650 produces enough amperage to use you heated equipment? Winter riding gear may rise to the top of my "to buy (without wife finding out)" list.
I can run the heated vest and gloves without it dimming the headlights. I am buying the LED taillight located here: http://motodynamic.com/product_info.php?products_id=56

I've checked the specs and that little taillight should save me enough juice (and is supposed to be more visable then the stocker) to run everything in conjunction. Meaning GPS, vest, gloves, and cell phone charger. There are other tricks to save a little more power.

When it comes to paying attention to the electronics this is a great device:

http://www.amotostuff.com/Merchant2/...650_electrical

Some people claim its a pain to install. Wussies I say!

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i hear ya dude, i went for a spin today...38 degrees. a bit chipper, but only thing that was cold was hands. i need some heated grips.
where the [email protected] is floyds knobs...never heard of it...must be south some damn where.
im about 35 min south west of indy.
Its just under an hour from Martinsville. Call it a suburb of Louisville and you wouldn't be far wrong. Just to the northwest if I recall correctly.

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Its just under an hour from Martinsville. Call it a suburb of Louisville and you wouldn't be far wrong. Just to the northwest if I recall correctly.
ya, i looked it up last night...don't think it is under an hour away though. mapquest shows 111.5 miles. kinda figured it had to be south though.:rolleyes:

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I can run the heated vest and gloves without it dimming the headlights. I am buying the LED taillight located here:
if ya don't mind, what kinda electric gloves do ya have...how do they hook up.
i'm tryin do decide on gloves or grips.

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Floyds Knobs is across the Ohio river from Louisville. I'm off of I64 and Indiana 150. Lots of hills and people riding in this area (mostly Harley Guys). In the spring I'm planning on doing a ride in the Hooser forest area.. I took a ride along the Ohio river this Saturday past Ceasers Casino, flat but a nice ride anyway. pacacmech
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ya, i looked it up last night...don't think it is under an hour away though. mapquest shows 111.5 miles. kinda figured it had to be south though.:rolleyes:
You ride too slow. I can be in martinsville in a half hour, in louisville in an hour and fifteen. So I figured 45 minutes. Call it GW math.

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if ya don't mind, what kinda electric gloves do ya have...how do they hook up.
i'm tryin do decide on gloves or grips.
I have Gerbings and they hook up to the battery with a fuse inline. I purchased a switch that goes inline ($10) so I can turn off the gloves when they get too hot. I'd rather have the rheostat but they cost around $50 so I will probably make myself one this summer.

I will probably also pick up a fuse box to put all this stuff on. Well, maybe not, I'm not passing judgment until I see what Tige's looks like. I figure one of these days he will ride his motorcycle again....

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