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Old 02-23-2013, 06:20 AM   #8583
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Location: North Idaho
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Originally Posted by Speedo66 View Post
Perhaps your vest by itself didn't pull too much power, also I believe your year had a 35 watt bulb, rather than a 55 as the later years did. I know the earlier models had a less powerful charging system, but maybe it was enough with the lower wattage bulb.

If I ride with my full jacket liner and heated gloves on, they will eventually kill even a new battery. If I shut them both off a few miles before I stop, the battery will fully recharge itself, so I don't see any issues with the charging system or battery.

I believe the system is adequate for it's intended purposes, but not sufficient for additional heavy power uses.
yeap, mine is 1994 w/ 35watt headlight. the charging system is WEAK! hopefully yamaha fixed that in the newer models. when weather is nice and no snow on the ground, i'm always on my bike. i work graveyard 7pm-7am; riding to work and home with dimming headlight when stopped, me no like. that is why i would love to upgrade all my lights to LEDs and a H4.
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