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Old 11-16-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Heated clothing..my battery can't cope....now what?.

2008 Honda XR650L. I went for a cold ride at the weekend to test out a Gerbing heated jacket and heated gloves. After about 150 miles, I stopped for fuel and the battery was totally drained. It bump started ok and I rode the rest of the weekend without heated clothing.
So my question is what do I need to do to get the heated clothing running ok and the battery charging ok at the same time?
I presume upgrade the alternator,but I don't want to toast the battery if I'm not using the heated stuff.

Any ideas?

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Old 11-16-2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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I used full set of Gerbings on my '95 XR650L. You need to keep the RPM up or turn the controller down. On the highway it's ok, but in town or back roads run a lower gear to keep it cranking. And turn them of several minutes before killing the engine, if you know ahead of time where you are stopping. Rewound stator would be the right way to do it but I got by for years. Lucky you can bump start it so you won't be stranded.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:12 AM   #3
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Replace all your bulbs with LED's
HID kit for your headlight (they draw less power)
Turn it off before you stop and turn it off when you you are at a stop light.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:24 AM   #4
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:32 AM   #5
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2008 Honda XR650L. I went for a cold ride at the weekend to test out a Gerbing heated jacket and heated gloves. After about 150 miles, I stopped for fuel and the battery was totally drained. It bump started ok and I rode the rest of the weekend without heated clothing.
So my question is what do I need to do to get the heated clothing running ok and the battery charging ok at the same time?
I presume upgrade the alternator,but I don't want to toast the battery if I'm not using the heated stuff.

Any ideas?

Thanks
For daytime use rig a switch to turn off your headlight and you should have no issues... The headlight will draw 60 Watts so with that gone your stator should be able to keep up the battery enough when running the 90-100 W jacket..

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Old 11-16-2012, 09:36 AM   #6
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Do XR headlight turn off? My XL600 doesn't have that option.

The Ricky Stator is probably the best long term solution, assuming they make them for that year.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:45 AM   #7
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Do XR headlight turn off? My XL600 doesn't have that option.

The Ricky Stator is probably the best long term solution, assuming they make them for that year.

No, there is not a headlight switch that is why you need to rig one to make a cheap solution...

Agreed, the RS high output stator would be best... The stock XRL has a pretty low output stator which does not leave much extra juice above the basic operation requirement of the ignition, instruments and lighting...
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:17 AM   #8
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180w @ 5k rpm and that's why the 650 Terra is a big deal @ 400w.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=421796

some install a parking bulb in the headlight shell for day time running.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:19 AM   #9
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I use the on/off switch and turn it off when coming to a stop. When the bike is going to be shut off for a while after extended use I will shut the heat off about ten miles before arriving at my destination so that the battery can recover before shut off.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:02 PM   #10
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buy a KLR?

you can try cycling between on & the other so both don't run at the same time. there may even be a premade box that does that
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:31 PM   #11
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:40 PM   #12
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An upgraded alternator won't toast the battery of you have the right regulator.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:46 PM   #13
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As previously said, turn the controller back or off completely while stopped in traffic.

Don't crank it back up until you're rolling 50mph or better.

It helps to also wire a Battery Tender plug so you can plug in when not riding.

I ran a Gerbing's jacket liner, Gerbing's socks, and Gerbings gloves on an '08 XRL with zero issues.

I used to put ammeters on all bikes to keep track of the voltage. It's not really needed, but I was just curious. All you really need to do is turn it down or off at low/no speed and you will be just fine.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:27 PM   #14
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I used a relay to turn it off at a stop light i also used a timer with the relay to power it back after 2min after the brake light went out.
easy to make a 555 chip will get ya there...

hid headligh and LEDs will help a lot to.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:57 PM   #15
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The rear light is already LED. I don't fancy riding without a front light. Car drivers over here are just as blind as your side of the pond. I may invest in the Gerbing controller. At the moment, both the jacket and gloves are either on or off. Turning it down to a trickle may help.
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