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post #1 of 14 Old 10-18-2005, 11:27 AM
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Outlet Under Seat

Has anyone put an outlet under the seat? Seems like compartment under the seat might have extra room even after putting a fuseblock in there. Enough room left maybe to charge a cell phone or iPod while riding. I don't have the components yet, but just thought that may be an option.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-19-2005, 10:28 PM
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-19-2005, 11:39 PM
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Aye. I have a standard 12v. hooked up under there to run my air compressor (also under there), and I have a powerlet outlet under there for my intercom (also under there). Plus, the side fairing is pre-cut (at least on my '04 1000) to allow cables to come out under the right side of the seat without pinching. Nice.

I've got quite a few other things under there as well. I like that little-big space.

I hear if you remove the helmet lock on the left side it makes for a handy little mount for additional outlets.
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Sounds like there is more room under there than I imagined. Yes, I was thinking of putting a 12v plug for recharging items. The precut notch out the side fairing is good for trailing any accessory wires out. I imagine I'll put at least one outlet under there.
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Aye. I have a standard 12v. hooked up under there to run my air compressor (also under there), and I have a powerlet outlet under there for my intercom (also under there). Plus, the side fairing is pre-cut (at least on my '04 1000) to allow cables to come out under the right side of the seat without pinching. Nice.

I've got quite a few other things under there as well. I like that little-big space.

I hear if you remove the seat lock on the left side it makes for a handy little mount for additional outlets.
Any chance of seeing a pic of your underseat?? If that's not too personal.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-20-2005, 04:04 PM
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I put a 6 circuit fuse block under my DL650 seat to power the Roady, Hellas, AutoCom, etc. There's plenty of room there for the block and the AutoCom but I had to lose the tool kit. I keep a much bigger one in a side bag anyway. The block I'm using is from a company called Electrical Connection. I removed it from my Concours prior to selling that bike. It runs through a relay so it's only "hot" with the key ON. There's an extra wire from the relay that is only "hot" with the key OFF for plugging in a battery tender. Now, if I only had a couple hundred more watts of reserve from the alternator, I could run it all at once.

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I put a 6 circuit fuse block under my DL650 seat to power the Roady, Hellas, AutoCom, etc. There's plenty of room there for the block and the AutoCom but I had to lose the tool kit. I keep a much bigger one in a side bag anyway. The block I'm using is from a company called Electrical Connection. I removed it from my Concours prior to selling that bike. It runs through a relay so it's only "hot" with the key ON. There's an extra wire from the relay that is only "hot" with the key OFF for plugging in a battery tender. Now, if I only had a couple hundred more watts of reserve from the alternator, I could run it all at once.
I'm sure the info is available somewhere but I've had no luck doing a search...can you please tell me if the Wee can handle heated grips/gloves/jacket at the same time?? Thanks!!
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The short answer? No. Not all at once, at least. The long answer? IIRC, the available "free" wattage, (output not being gobbled up by the bike systems such as fuel pump, ECM, lights, etc.), on either Strom is about 125 -/+. A Gerbing's heated vest liner is listed as 55 watts and their glove liners are listed at 22 watts per pair. According to Dual Star, (makers of my grip heaters), their product draws 36 watts. I'll assume that's on "High." I'm no math major but I get 113 watts. I think that's pushing it. I know that, with my 55 watt Hellas on, (the switch wire is connected so they turn on and off simultaneously with the high beams), the volt meter slowly drops from 14.3 to 12.0 or even 11.9 when the grip heaters are on, (high or low), at which point I switch the lights off for a while. Without the heaters, the meter still drops to about 12.2 or so and I still feel the need to give the charging system a bit of a rest for. I need to replace the bulbs with 35 watters and/or rewire so that, either I can dowse the driving lamps and still have high beams or, when the driving lamps are "armed," one of the high beams is disabled, saving 60 watts. The Stroms are rediculously challenged in the electrical capacity department. My 12 year-old Concours could handle just about any electrical accessory I could throw at her with no concerns at all. I checked the Electrex website and they don't list a replacement generator for the DL's but I have emailed them inquiring about significantly improving the charging output. I've not received a reply yet but these guys are experts and, if there's a market for it, maybe they'd make something available.

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Thanks for the answer Delta! I think I may get the handguards and be content with the heated glove liners. Heck, I've been riding in 20F weather for years now with no heated anything so this should be heaven.
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The Suzuki hand guards leave a little to be desired, IMHO. They are cut off too short on the bottom for how far away from your hands they are and I still get a lot of cold and water up from below. I am thinking about making some extenders to mount under the lower edge. Anyway, if you had good hand guards, you could still run an electric vest without trouble. I only run into problems when I try to turn night into day AND stay warm. :lol:
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