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post #1 of 26 Old 10-09-2009, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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High Output Alternator?

Good day;

I have an '05 1000 and am looking into getting a higher output alternator to handle the heating requirements for two up riding. The vests, grips, etc., that I use draw too much juice (the PIAA lights are the biggest offender) and would like a high quality unit.

Any suggestions?

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Good day;

I have an '05 1000 and am looking into getting a higher output alternator to handle the heating requirements for two up riding. The vests, grips, etc., that I use draw too much juice (the PIAA lights are the biggest offender) and would like a high quality unit.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,

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The answer is that you pretty much have no options. Electrosport has a high failure rate for their higher output alternators. You can use less heated gear, ride when it aint so damn cold, or you may have to get a different bike.

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Our bikes don't even have an alternator...I'm just sayin...

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(the PIAA lights are the biggest offender)
Were I you, I would replace those with good quality LED lightheads (such as Whelen's public safety lights). That'll save you a bunch of electrons.

You can't do much about the supply side, but you can do better on the demand side.
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Although i do have 55w aux lights, I dont use them if I am running all my heated gear and grips, or 2 vests, heated gloves, etc.

I also have a EB low beam cut off (one headlight) to ensure I have adequite supply.

To answer your question though, there currently is no high output alternator available, other than the forementioned high failure unit.

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Thanks!

Thanks to all that responded. I won't use the PIAA's and should be fine.

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https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthre...light=Solstice

Take a look down at the first 2 bike pictured. Thsoe are 1 led lights with
around 30-50 watt output of normal ligths. Found them for 12$ each.

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.11263


Not the nicest but if tucked under the fearings all you see is the extra
ligths. Only take 10watts power each so solves the power issue.

Here is a much nicer lookign style people ahve also used on bikes
http://www.visionxoffroad.com/led/s1100/

here is a thread on the pricey lights being installed
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=481009

I did find another set of the cheaper ones with diffrent specs ie a 3 watt and 1 watt version and diffrent spreads. Have to hunt that down
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I've been searching thru parts fiche looking at bikes with high outputs
BMW utilizes a belt driven 60amp (800watt) generator about $800
Goldwing has a 1300watt alternator $400

now if someone could come up with a kit to adapt to the V-strom, I kinda like the idea of a 100 amp alternator, that's bigger than most cars



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Some aircraft use wind driven generators.

Just an idea.
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