Originally Posted by ThumperStorm
Maybe this - "Warnģ Industries has come up with a great solution for adventure riders seeking the most grueling of terrain, and another tool to make their solo rides more successful. With their new XT17 Portable Winch, mud bogs, deep sand areas, and swampy terrains become non-issues. (Of course itís not just for solo rides, but also for those whoís companions arenít a big help when pulling and pushing bikes out of mud!)
Weighing in at just 8.5 lbs., the XT17 can either be mounted to your motorcycle or stored in a sidecase, luggage bag, or wherever you see fit. Once needed, the winch quickly plugs into the included wiring harnesses (you would have previously installed) and operated by handlebar controls, uses itís 1,700 lb. pulling capacity to get your motorcycle or ATV out of whatever situation youíre in. If the included 40 feet of synthetic rope isnít enough, just add-on extra luggage straps you brought along after having learned how to pack for your adventure ride."
I looked long and hard at this option. First I am a proponent of not adding any more weight to a GSA for off road use and secondly to load all added weight as low as possible to help the CG. The Warn winch at first blush is great, but it has a shortcoming that must be understood. You must have the motor running to use the winch, the battery alone will not sustain the winch and allow you to restart the motor....too much power pull on a battery if the motor is not charging it..wish I had a kick starter!
So for off road, bike down...I can't run the motor and must be able to stand the bike upright and start it before a winch could be used.
I called the Warn people and talked to the techs...they verified that the motor on a GSA would need to be running to power the winch.
Close but no.....
2007 R1200GS Adventure " ...to explore off-road, alone in my case, way out in the boonies...that feeds the soul!"
After 2014 BOM my bike is forthwith the "GS McGee"!