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Old 10-30-2012, 07:03 PM   #466
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What type of tire do you have on the front tire in this picture?
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:45 PM   #467
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Important question - Gerbing's

Hi,

Wife and I are taking a trip tomorrow -- she will be riding her 2009 G650GS. Can the charging system on her bike handle a Gerbing?s jacket and gloves? The only other accessory she has is a set of LED lights.

Appreciate hearing from you braniacs tonight!

Thanks,

Steve
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:05 AM   #468
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You should be fine. Hard to tell without running the numbers.
You can always put a volt meter on the aux and see what voltage you get with everything on.
You might also consider turning stuff off when you are nearing your destination to give the battery a little extra for the night.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:00 AM   #469
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We have a 2011 G650GS, along with Gerbing gloves and jacket liners. We can power either the gloves OR the liner, but not both at the same time.
I don't remember the wattage draw of each item, but together they were just a bit too much; it would work for a short while and then both the jacket and the gloves would not stay very warm. As this would at some point drain the battery too much to start the bike, we gave up.
What we now do is use a pair of Gerbing rechargeable battery-powered gloves, in conjunction with the heated grips set to Low, while the jacket is powered by the bike. This arrangement seems to work well. We do, however, turn off the jacket and the grips several miles before planning to stop.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:28 AM   #470
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We have a 2011 G650GS, along with Gerbing gloves and jacket liners. We can power either the gloves OR the liner, but not both at the same time.
I don't remember the wattage draw of each item, but together they were just a bit too much; it would work for a short while and then both the jacket and the gloves would not stay very warm. As this would at some point drain the battery too much to start the bike, we gave up.
What we now do is use a pair of Gerbing rechargeable battery-powered gloves, in conjunction with the heated grips set to Low, while the jacket is powered by the bike. This arrangement seems to work well. We do, however, turn off the jacket and the grips several miles before planning to stop.
You say "we" , does this mean you are running jacket liners and gloves for yourself and a passenger at the same time?
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:58 AM   #471
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Have been lurking in this thread, and really learning a lot from the posts. I've seen what works, and mods that I'd prolly skip. Have not been doing much riding, and riding time is divided with my old scoot. Still trying to get used to the GS. Its been fun but a lot different from cruisers.

I've added crash guards, the engine guard, and a Leo Vince single exhaust. Postman has yet to deliver the bark busters. Nice bits, but I guess I really need to work on the front forks (prolly changing the oil as earlier suggested).

The thing that I learned the hard way is that the battery is not maintenance free. And just to add battery fluid is a little tedious. If something required constant checking, id imagine that they'd place the battery to a place readily accessible or to put maintenance free battery at the onset. Come 10k checkup, I'd prolly replace it. (Sorry for the newbie rant. First GS). Lols

Also, any feedback on power commanders? Yay or nay? Looking at a bit more torque. Or should I just replace the gearing?

Thanks :)
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:05 AM   #472
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You say "we" , does this mean you are running jacket liners and gloves for yourself and a passenger at the same time?
Sorry about that. I say "we" because we trade off on the G650. There is only one rider at a time, and only one pair of gloves, along with only one jacket, used at a time.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #473
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I'd punt that battery sooner than later before it leaves you stranded. Also if you drop the bike the acid can leak out and screw stuff up and you'll have to remove the panels to check it and that's a major pain. Either an AGM or a new lithium is the way to go. I love the shorai I put in. Crazy light, fires right up and I don't mess with the tender anymore.

You might want to spend more money on gas, oil changes and tires before tweaking suspension and fueling.
After a bunch of miles, you'll know what you need to tweak.

I will say again that changing the rear sprocket was a change I wish I had done a long time ago but it wasn't crucial by any means. Same thing with front suspension, I'll beef up the springs or do something to stiffen it up when it's time to service it but it's nothing I feel I have to do now. I'd tweak the seat and windshield first.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:54 PM   #474
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Speaking of taking the panels off, I found a great tool at Sears. It's a ratcheting T handle with a nice selection of bits...torx, Phillips etc. $20.
Crazy fast! I almost enjoy taking the plastic off....almost.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:46 AM   #475
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Thanks guavadude! :) yeah, those little hex keys are not the best tools to work with ...
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:35 PM   #476
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What type of tire do you have on the front tire in this picture?
The front Tire is a Trailwing, which is why I want to change to the TKC80 as soon as I get the cash together, it's been OK on the dry / light dirt trails, but i'm keen to see what the TKC is like.

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Old 11-02-2012, 07:40 PM   #477
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Have been lurking in this thread, and really learning a lot from the posts. I've seen what works, and mods that I'd prolly skip. Have not been doing much riding, and riding time is divided with my old scoot. Still trying to get used to the GS. Its been fun but a lot different from cruisers.

I've added crash guards, the engine guard, and a Leo Vince single exhaust. Postman has yet to deliver the bark busters. Nice bits, but I guess I really need to work on the front forks (prolly changing the oil as earlier suggested).

The thing that I learned the hard way is that the battery is not maintenance free. And just to add battery fluid is a little tedious. If something required constant checking, id imagine that they'd place the battery to a place readily accessible or to put maintenance free battery at the onset. Come 10k checkup, I'd prolly replace it. (Sorry for the newbie rant. First GS). Lols

Also, any feedback on power commanders? Yay or nay? Looking at a bit more torque. Or should I just replace the gearing?

Thanks :)
Hey Sotz,

Yeah the Battery definitely needs checking on regularly, it's a pain though.

Btw: I will be in the Philippines (manila) in the next few months and we will retire there in about a year and will build our house in batangas. Trying to decide if I will try and Import the bike, or sell :-( and have to buy a "new" one there.

Tim
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:54 PM   #478
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Get one here. :) it's not impossible, but you may wish to do away with the bureaucracy of bringing in a bike. Am not sure if the savings is worth it. Lols :)
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:37 AM   #479
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Still on our trip and not needed the Gerbing's thus far. Probably use it today for return trip. Thanks for your input. I'll post the final result.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:28 PM   #480
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Hi,

Wife and I are taking a trip tomorrow -- she will be riding her 2009 G650GS. Can the charging system on her bike handle a Gerbing?s jacket and gloves? The only other accessory she has is a set of LED lights.

Appreciate hearing from you braniacs tonight!

Thanks,

Steve
Steve, I have a digital volt meter on my G650GS and learned a bit about power (electrical) management by watching the meter under different conditions. Here's the bottom line: the bike will power a jacket liner easily. I use electrical glove liners and they are OK too (less draw than electric gloves). The heated grips are power hogs so I try to keep them off at all times. The real surprise is that the fan is also a huge power hog. If you are riding at slow speed, like on a fire trail, the fan will kick in even though it is cool outside. When the fan comes on you really need to shed some electrical load like turning the gloves off and maybe dialing back on the liner. BTW, you can help the situation by using a digital heat controller rather than a rheostat. The digital unit uses less power at a low setting whereas the rheostat uses the same amount of power all the time but just throws the excess away to ground. Digital controllers are available through www.powerlet.com or http://www.warmnsafe.com/heat-trollers/. I suspect the newest controllers from Gerbing are also digital.
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