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Old 09-13-2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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Dumb question about F800GS

I am renting a motorcycle in Spain. The rental operator notes that the bike has an electrical outlet.

Is there a standard BMW outlet that requires an adapter or is it a standard accessory plug like in cars?

Or I need to ask them because it could be either.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:06 AM   #2
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There is a standard DIN power outlet located by the key switch. The DIN outlet is different from a regular cig outlet.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:25 AM   #3
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The outlet by the key takes a special male plug from BMW or Powerlet among others. It is a very low amperage outlet - good for GPS, recharging phones and cameras etc., but not enough heated vests, etc.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:05 AM   #4
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The outlet runs my electric vest just fine.

YMMV,

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Old 09-13-2012, 08:27 AM   #5
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The outlet runs my electric vest just fine.

YMMV,

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I have a standard Gerbing vest.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:03 AM   #6
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it's smaller than the normal ones. you need a specific "motorcycle" one... you can get it from almost each motorcycle accessory handler
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:53 PM   #7
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Adapters are available for cigarette or USB, if you have chargers that use those power sources. Wunderlich, Touratech and many others offer them.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:16 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info guys!
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:14 PM   #9
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Rental place confirmed it is the BMW outlet.
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:28 PM   #10
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Additional dumb question:

Gerbing says their vest draws 4.5 amps. All the online materials state the BMW accessory plug allows up to 5 amps.

Various owners give conflicting reports on if the accessory plug will power the vest without shutting down.

Anyone?
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:32 PM   #11
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I run my BMW heated vest no prob. The one with just an on/off switch, no hi/low. Don't know the draw on it but it keeps on ticking.
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