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post #1 of 13 Old 08-08-2008, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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A limit of powered farkles?

I was wondering what would be the limit to the amount of powered add ons would be with my Vee?
Anyone like to show off there set ups
So far all I have is a Givi light kit on my 52L and a Scorpio Alarm but would like to add my Radar detector,GPS,maybe ipod or Satelite radio....how much can we add before it becomes a problem....never did like messing with wiring but im always game to learn
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I'd (strongly) suggest a voltmeter (got mine from RiderWarehouse for $42). Easy two wire connection to the battery & the LEDs use almost no power at all. It'll let you monitor juice used & alert you to any problems quickly. "Normal" on it is 14 watts. That said, I can run two 35 watt fog lights, heated grips, a GPS and several extra LED tail/brake lights without dipping below "normal," with the stock stator.

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electronics farkles don't draw much, it's when you add auxillary lighting and heated clothing that you have to be concerned,

you probably have 125 watts to play with



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electronics farkles don't draw much, it's when you add auxillary lighting and heated clothing that you have to be concerned,

you probably have 125 watts to play with

That's it??? Wow... That's disappointing... 125 watts is barely 10A... That's barely enough for a pair of 55 watt driving lights. I would think that there's got to be more capacity than that...

That being said, things like Ipods, GPS's, radar detectors, satellite receivers, etc. draw very little current. They'll all be labeled with the current draw somewhere in the spec sheets in the instructions, if they're not labeled right on the unit itself. It's things like halogen lights, air horns, resistive electric heaters (vests, grips, etc) that draw a significant amount of current.

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I am glad that this post was created...... I have been eyeing some aux lights and had similar questions.

Now knowing what I have (ballpark) in watts to mess with, is there a stator upgrade or something so that I can increase that a bit?

This is going to be my first time with wiring of stuff into a motorcycle and I don't want to hose myself over. I did a search and didn't see anything, but I got annoyed after the first couple pages.

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Electrosport makes a high-output stator for the 650-it's around $139. Get a voltmeter to monitor your current draw! With that stator, I could run a pair of 55 watt fogs, heated grips, the GPS and a number of LED tail/brake lights without overdrawing. Be aware though, that it may (or may not) toast the rectifier/voltage regulator.
Jim at EasternBeaver(.com) makes a plug 'n play single headlight cutout that frees up another 55 watts to play with. He's a Strom owner & is "one of us" here at Stromtrooper. He also makes a number of other Strom-related electrical stuff. There are 35 watt H3 bulbs available that fit most (not all) of the auxillary lights out there (I'd strongly recommend Hella-very high quality!) Susquehanna Motorsports carries every light Hella makes.

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Electrosport makes a high-output stator for the 650-it's around $139. Get a voltmeter to monitor your current draw! With that stator, I could run a pair of 55 watt fogs, heated grips, the GPS and a number of LED tail/brake lights without overdrawing. Be aware though, that it may (or may not) toast the rectifier/voltage regulator.
Jim at EasternBeaver(.com) makes a plug 'n play single headlight cutout that frees up another 55 watts to play with. He's a Strom owner & is "one of us" here at Stromtrooper. He also makes a number of other Strom-related electrical stuff. There are 35 watt H3 bulbs available that fit most (not all) of the auxillary lights out there (I'd strongly recommend Hella-very high quality!) Susquehanna Motorsports carries every light Hella makes.
Sweet..... I have only until this spring to get all my crap I want installed. The wife wants me to buy her a DL650 this spring so I now am under the gun.

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That's it??? Wow... That's disappointing... 125 watts is barely 10A... That's barely enough for a pair of 55 watt driving lights. I would think that there's got to be more capacity than that...

That being said, things like Ipods, GPS's, radar detectors, satellite receivers, etc. draw very little current. They'll all be labeled with the current draw somewhere in the spec sheets in the instructions, if they're not labeled right on the unit itself. It's things like halogen lights, air horns, resistive electric heaters (vests, grips, etc) that draw a significant amount of current.

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you can get away with using a few more watts, but when you hit your brakes, use your turn signals, or horn, you voltage might dip and cause some of your electronics to momentarily shutoff, I know V-1 radar detectors don't like voltage under 12v, they will recycle thru the startup routine



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Talking Low RPM = Low Battery w/farkles.... Good to remember to rev up!

Hi guys,

I found out yesterday that running 55W lights can be an issue - duhhh....

I was puttering along on backroads at low RPM (I'm a very cautious "scenic" dirtroad rider!), and came upon four big mule deer grazing on the hillside. I stopped and hit the "kill" switch so as not to startle them, and watched them for only a couple of minutes.

When I tried to restart my 2002 DL1000, no go. I realized instantly that I was running my 55W lights, and had probably not been revving up enough to keep the battery charged! Luckily, I only had to turn around, drift to gain speed, pop the clutch and continue onward. (Since I was 10 miles off-pavement on BLM land, would have been a long, long walk out with nightfall coming on!)

So, lesson learned for me. If you're running electrics, either make sure you're revving sufficiently to keep the battery charged, or turn off the optional electrics!

So now I'm looking for 35W lights and/or an upgraded stator. Suggestions on either one?

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