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Forum: Equipment 04-06-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,002
Posted By KEN PHENIX
First of all, the reason to buy this jacket is...

First of all, the reason to buy this jacket is because it's bona fide Gore Tex, which means waterproof AND breathable. I've had my fill of cheap rain gear that becomes a wearable sauna in summer. The...
Forum: Ride reports 03-25-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Thanks, Fast1. :ricky

Thanks, Fast1. :ricky
Forum: Equipment 03-04-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
I know several riders whose bikes produce limited...

I know several riders whose bikes produce limited watts who hook up a cheap onboard digital volt gauge. When the volts drop below 12.5 they simply turn the heat down a bit. I imagine of one had a 8...
Forum: Equipment 03-01-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,062
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Update

The new 3.0 was absolutely stellar on my west coast trip (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=948518) in December. I however, neglected to lash my jacket liner to the top case and lost it...
Forum: Equipment 03-01-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Just curious. Can anybody report long term...

Just curious. Can anybody report long term experience with 30awg copper wire in a jacket liner. Any breaks? Interval between breaks? Ease of diagnosis and repair?
Forum: Ride reports 02-28-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Oh yeah, I was so amped trying to get the BBG I...

Oh yeah, I was so amped trying to get the BBG I didn't give any thought to the SS1000. It wasn't until after my BB1500/SS2000 packet arrived that I went back and did the math. I had done 1022 miles...
Forum: Ride reports 02-25-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 19,419
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Ok, I'm in. :clap :lurk

Ok, I'm in. :clap
:lurk
Forum: Ride reports 02-25-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Will do. Same here. If you're passing through the...

Will do. Same here. If you're passing through the Beaumont area - can't beat the rider network. :clap
Forum: Ride reports 02-24-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Here's a few shots from the go-pro. Enjoy. ...

Here's a few shots from the go-pro. Enjoy.

http://kphenix.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Left-Coast-December-2013/i-5f5M57X/1/XL/Screen%20Shot%202014-02-01%20at%208.02.57%20AM-XL.png
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Forum: Equipment 02-08-2014, 05:28 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Got pics?

Got pics?
Forum: Vendors 02-04-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 1,054
Views: 189,046
Posted By KEN PHENIX
I believe everybody uses the same coaxial plugs....

I believe everybody uses the same coaxial plugs. (2.5mm pin, 5.5mm barrel, 9mm to 11mm length) I too am looking for glove liners to wear under my ReV'it! Alaska gloves that I love.

I want heat...
Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Here's a shaky video of Westgard Pass new year's...

Here's a shaky video of Westgard Pass new year's day.


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Forum: Equipment 01-26-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
sailah, I am honored. I'm glad my years of...

sailah,

I am honored. I'm glad my years of trial and error are of some benefit. :D

I like the 20awg stranded supply wire much better than the heavier wire. This time I stitched them in...
Forum: Equipment 01-23-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Nice. :clap Welcome to the home-made heated gear...

Nice. :clap Welcome to the home-made heated gear asylum. :lol3

It may be too hot now but windchill is an insidious thing. You'll be glad you have the extra power.
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,550
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Agreed. IMHO the separate removable Gore Tex...

Agreed. IMHO the separate removable Gore Tex liner in my Defender with its own taped seams works better than waterproofing material laminated to the outer shell. I ride in serious rain and I've had...
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
So I think I figured out why Deming New Mexico is...

So I think I figured out why Deming New Mexico is soooo cold at night.

http://kphenix.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Left-Coast-December-2013/i-hGt8WRf/0/L/continental-divide-newmexico33-L.jpg

Is it...
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
New Year's Day. Bishop, CA. After breakfast at...

New Year's Day. Bishop, CA. After breakfast at Denny's and fueling up I hit the road around 10am. I was thinking I sure hope the locals here don't take this view for granted.
...
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,550
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Can't beat Klim quality. But since you're in the...

Can't beat Klim quality. But since you're in the $700 price range anyway, you might consider the ReV'it! Defender. I found it more versatile, it flows a ton of air and I really like the removable...
Forum: Ride reports 01-20-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
The next morning, New Year's Eve, high 20's I...

The next morning, New Year's Eve, high 20's I believe, I treated myself to the sheer grandeur of the snow covered Sierra's. I was even treated to a token handful of snowflakes on my visor on the way...
Forum: Ride reports 01-20-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
My luck held a bit longer as I secured one of the...

My luck held a bit longer as I secured one of the last rooms at the Bodega Bay Inn. (http://www.bodegabayinn.com/index.html) The man at the desk took pity on me as I told my story and gave me a deal....
Forum: Equipment 01-20-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,062
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Nice! :clap You are a true renaissance man -...

Nice! :clap You are a true renaissance man - fearlessly posting links to sewing machine parts on ADV. :rofl
Forum: Ride reports 01-20-2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
So what was it that made my friends scatter? All...

So what was it that made my friends scatter? All I said was that I wanted to ride over The Golden Gate Bridge.

TRAFFIC! That's what. It took me over an hour. I am soooo over The Golden Gate...
Forum: Ride reports 01-20-2014, 05:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Thanks. Learning curve: I'll remember to check...

Thanks. Learning curve: I'll remember to check construction on my route next time I plan a BBG.
Forum: Ride reports 01-19-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By KEN PHENIX
SS2000 to Left Coast 12/26/13

When the prospect of a winter trip became a possibility, I set a few goals. I wanted to see the Pacific again. I hadn't seen it since I was 11. And of course I wanted to ride the Pacific Coast...
Forum: Equipment 01-19-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
20awg stranded which happens to be steel. It is...

20awg stranded which happens to be steel. It is much more flexible and easier to work with than the 16ga or 18ga I used before.



I consider it a trade off. The nichrome is more brittle than...
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Oh yeah, I got a chance to put my gear to the...

Oh yeah, I got a chance to put my gear to the test the past few days. :evil http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23172199&postcount=8
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,062
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Well I just got back from a little stroll up the...

Well I just got back from a little stroll up the left coast and across the Sierra's and put my gear to the test - and test it I did. I left December 26th and did 4848 miles in 10 days.

...
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Excellent! That would most likely be fine for a...

Excellent! That would most likely be fine for a jacket liner but maybe too thick for gloves. No big deal though. If it is you could always strip it and add shrink tube, which is very easy to do.
Forum: Equipment 12-24-2013, 09:51 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
If you're using two equal length loops you can...

If you're using two equal length loops you can make a crude hi/lo switch like this. It switches between series (50%) and parallel (100%) power. I use controllers on my gloves and jacket but this...
Forum: Equipment 12-19-2013, 08:10 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Six years ago I originally wired everything with...

Six years ago I originally wired everything with SAE plugs - which is the reason I now use coaxial plugs. :evil In my experience the SAE plug failure rate over time is very high. The Radio Shack...
Forum: Equipment 12-16-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
http://kphenix.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Homemade-He...

http://kphenix.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Homemade-Heated-Glove-Jacket/i-zqtMWfV/0/L/PP-002A%26B-L.jpg
The coaxial plugs that Gerbing / Warm & Safe use are 2.5mm pin, 5.5mm barrel and 9mm to 11mm in...
Forum: Equipment 12-13-2013, 10:22 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Why? With one continuous circuit, if you do incur...

Why? With one continuous circuit, if you do incur a break the whole garment goes dead plus the break is harder to find. I have several loops in parallel so when one breaks I lose heat only in that...
Forum: Equipment 12-13-2013, 10:29 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Just remember the 26ga nichrome is 2.6 ohms PER...

Just remember the 26ga nichrome is 2.6 ohms PER FOOT so you don't have to series the gloves.

+1 on the hood / balaclava burning your head. I considered wiring the helmet liner but my knoggin...
Forum: Equipment 12-12-2013, 05:13 AM
Replies: 340
Views: 68,422
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Good on ya. :clap Got pics?

Good on ya. :clap Got pics?
Forum: Equipment 11-23-2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,062
Posted By KEN PHENIX
I did 100 miles early this morning in mid 40...

I did 100 miles early this morning in mid 40 degree temps and I must say the new Freeze-out gilet works much better than my old jacket. Instead of a heavy fleece base layer under the heated liner,...
Forum: Equipment 11-21-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,062
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Yep - been wearin' 'em 6 years now. Thanks. ...

Yep - been wearin' 'em 6 years now. Thanks.

PS: Hello fellow bakery owner! https://www.facebook.com/SomethingSpecialBakery

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=519007
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Forum: Equipment 11-20-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,062
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Another change of plans. I had intended to tuck...

Another change of plans. I had intended to tuck the heated liner into my new pants but after trying and returning two pair of touring pants I am left with my old beloved but snug ReV'it! Dakar pants...
Forum: Equipment 11-19-2013, 10:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,702
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Hand grooving the Shinko's is a viable option and...

Hand grooving the Shinko's is a viable option and I might do it again someday. Mine were doing fine at 6k when my pre-ordered Metzeler Tourance NEXT arrived. Yes, the NEXT is available in a...
Forum: Vendors 11-11-2013, 09:01 PM
Replies: 1,054
Views: 189,046
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Hey Ali, I'm thinking about in adding the ReV'it!...

Hey Ali, I'm thinking about in adding the ReV'it! Enterprise pants to my moto-wardrobe. Can you give me your impression of them and maybe put up some pics showing the operation of the leg zips?...
Forum: Equipment 11-10-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,062
Posted By KEN PHENIX
Thanks. I'm planning a little stroll (5,000...

Thanks. I'm planning a little stroll (5,000 miles) up and down the west coast right after Christmas. :D
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