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What's heated gear???
+1 Heated gear= Felt pack boots, Carharts, hoody inside full face helmet, Olympia gloves w/o lectric. I gave RatGuzzi shit cause I saw an outlet on his bike.If it's single digits you better haul ass.
How do you fit a hoody inside your helmet and not get a headache from the extra pressure? Do you have a larger winter helmet?I used to dress like the Michelin man in the winter, but it hindered my movements on the bike and I felt it was dangerous so I bought a heated vest. Eventually added heated gloves, grips and insoles for all day cold weather riding.
Been doing it all my riding days in N. IL, course I only wore a bucket in the winter, so I guess it was a winter helmet. Gloves were good to 18* . If all you got is 2 & 3 wheels and no $ for lectrics, you just go. Who the f$c$ cares what you look like.
After reading your post I went out and started the bike and am only getting 12.73 volts with the bike running with nothing attached. Guess I need to do some diagnosis and determine if I need to go in for a warranty repair.
BTW: What LED bulbs did you convert to? Or did you do one of those Ebay Daymaker LED lights?
For me, heated gear is more trouble than it's worth.
I put a meter on it with the engine running, and heated gear on 100%. Voltage was 12.0V at idle 12.4 at 3,000 RPM. 13.6V with just the heated gloves, 14.2 with heated gear off. The running voltage should be 13.6 or higher to be giving the battery a decent charge.My V7 III has an LED headlight and tail light, which saves a total of about 30W. Definitely not a winter bike.
Were you measuring it directly at the battery? I'm wondering if you are factoring in wiring losses or something.Something doesn't quite add up. You are saving 30 watts on lights, yet it appears a pair of gloves are killing 0.6 or so volts. Gloves are a pretty low wattage thing, maybe less than 10 watts, so it isn't clear why that is.
77 We have run heated grips and vest on our '13 V7 for 4 years with no problems.
Oh, my gloves pull about 10 watts EACH, so, 20 watts for the gloves.I could re-run the test with the meter on the tender lead, which goes directly to the battery.
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