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Old 12-27-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
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anybody run eletrican jacket with stock airhead

title says it all. i ran a weidder vest and gloves on /5 yrs ago and didn't have any problems.

wanting to get an ele liner to wear bike to bike

any thoughts?
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:13 PM   #2
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I wear a Gerbing's jacket liner and gloves, the old style of course, and have a stock charging system on my '93 R100R. Never had a problem, but I do monitor RPM's and keep them above 3500 90% of the time.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:39 PM   #3
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As long as you are on the high side of the rpms you should be fine.
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:16 AM   #4
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With all the talk about the deficiency of the stock systems on this forum, I never considered that you could run a heated vest or gloves. This is good news to me because I run the stock alternator and have another one as a spare sitting on the shelf - no plans to go aftermarket at all.

I just pulled the battery for servicing the other day - normal lead acid with filler caps. Lo and behold, every cell had the fluid level down enough to expose the top of the plates. So my guess is that this stock unit puts out more than enough juice to boil off the electrolyte, especially if you are doing mostly highway riding, which I am. I think that I'm going to have more faith in what those German engineers designed from now on.
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:23 AM   #5
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I have run a BMW vest for years with stock R100R charger. No prob.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:32 AM   #6
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I run a small R65 battery, my headlight on all the time (except when I am riding in the dirt or putting around in the pits or a rally), and an electric vest a lot of the time (I am cold natured since too much dirt bike riding and hunting in the cold!) with a stock charging system minus a modified ground for the diode board. No problems. I have been doing that for over 25 years now.
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:47 AM   #7
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No extensive use, just a few long days, but I have had no problems with my Aerostich Kanetsu on my 95 R100GS. I just make sure to turn it off when I get into stop-and-go traffic.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:10 PM   #8
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I've done it with no issues on my R80ST and the R100GS but both bikes have the headlight circuit modded to allow me to be able to shut the headlight off when I want to.

My vests are pretty low draw, with a listed power use of between 65 and 80 watts.

Normally when I'm using a vest it's for longer rides however.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:27 AM   #9
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I've been using a gerbing vest for many years on my GS with the stock system. If I'm riding in town I'll usually turn it off. I've also got the Euro headlight switch on my bike, so on the interstate I'll just run the pilot light instead of the headlight.
My other trick is to turn off the vest for the last couple miles before I shut off the bike so my battery is getting as much charge as possible before the next start.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:16 AM   #10
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