Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Santa Clara, CA
It's time to farkle up my Weestrom, and first thing I need is power. On my KLR I just slapped an el-cheapo cigarette lighter outlet from Wally World on the fairing and called it good. I can plug my portable air pump into it to air up the tires, or a cell phone charger for my cell phone, or whatever. Can't use it while the bike is moving because the plug vibrates out, but (shrug). So it goes.
So anyhow, I looked around at how folks were adding power outlets to their 'strom, and noticed a lot of folks using these Powerlet/BMW DIN4165 connectors on their bikes. Looks like it could actually be used while the bike was running. Couple of questions I have though:
1. They're clearly waterproof when not in use, due to the cover. Are these things waterproof while in use? I notice, for example, that Powerlet has a cable to plug into a Garmin GPS. What happens when it's raining? Does the Powerlet socket get full of water?
2. The vendor of my heated clothing has their own proprietary jack, but also has BMW-style adaptors for their clothing. How bulky are these things compared to, say, the audio style plugs used by Warm'n'Safe? It's hard to tell from the pictures :-(.
I must admit I'm having trouble figuring out why I should put Powerlets in multiple places on my bike rather than the various specialty hardwired plugs plus a regular cigarette lighter plug. Maybe it's the fact that the Powerlet craze began with the Beemer bunch and I've always had this... image... of Beemer riders as, well, not particularly practical people. (Yeah yeah, I know, stereotyping, stereotyping, but paying $16K for an oversized enduro admittedly isn't the most practical thing in the world to do). Or maybe it's just that I don't know enough. Educate me!
DL650AK8. MadStad windshield bracket, Phillips +80 H4 bulbs, Rox risers, Givi top-plate and side racks, SW-Motech center stand, Suzuki handguards, Suzuki gel seat, Rick's Shelf + Powerlet outlet, Powerlet outlet on left for heated vest, RAM mount for Zumo, Pat Walsh skidplate/engine guard, generic Hardley highway pegs, Scottoiler, Symtec grip heaters, ProGrip 714 gel grips, Rick's Mirror Relocators, National Cycle V-Stream windshield, auxiliary fuse panel under seat