View Single Post
Old 11-12-2012, 11:10 AM   #11
rjsurfer
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Oddometer: 207
If your bike has a small stator like mine there are a few things you can do to allow heated gear to work properly without discharging your battery.

HID headlight saves you 30 watts or so.

LED brake/running light, good for 10 watts.

LED turn signals a few more watts.

Run direct 12 or 14 gauge wire from your reg/inverter straight to battery.

Install voltmeter, worth it's weight in gold you can continually check the charging voltage. Even better get a current meter, a little more involved install (you need a shunt) but it tells you whether your charging or discharging your battery in no uncertain terms.

Turn your heated gear off about 5 minutes before your destination just to top off your battery before shutting down.

If you have a 2 headlight system install a cutoff switch to turn one light off.

Get the kick start option if it's available on your bike

Ron W.
__________________
DRZ 400SM
DL-650 Gone but not forgotten
rjsurfer is offline   Reply With Quote