|01-31-2013, 09:06 AM||#31|
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: Sandy Eggo
I have the liner and controller. Screaming deal for $149+tax. I also bought the Tourmaster coily SAE cord, works great with it. I decided to wire the included harness rather than running through my factory powerport. The Tourmaster BMW adapter and SAE/COAX adapters also work with the liner/controller.
I've used it in 32 degree weather for my 87 mile commute and it's been much nicer than doing it without gear. It's good enough I don't even put my FirstGear insulated pants on whereas without the jacket, no pants meant an hour of shivering once I got to work.
Liner works as billed, however, on my K1200S, the back of my neck gets uncomfortably warm on Max. I'm not sure this is position-related, when I sit up straighter, it doesn't seem to make it much better. It's tolerable on High, but still a tad toasty. The jacket by itself, without heat, is actually a pretty good liner. The first few trips I hadn't run the leads correctly from the controller to the liner and it wasn't heating, tho the controller was on. Don't judge me, it's not as straightforward as you might think.
For some reason, the SAE connector is on the right side of the liner, while all BMWs I've ever had have the powerport on the left. This means the cable would need to cross over me while I sit, chafing the paint on the tank. I ran the harness provided with the liner to the right side of the bike, which is unfortunate as the Tourmaster coily cord came undone from the liner during some spirited riding (hanging off) and proceeded to melt black goo all over my pipe. COAX connectors, really? The Tourmaster coily cord ($9 at RockyMountain ATV) has black rubber over a much more heat-resistant clear inner core, so while the black melted off, no copper was exposed and no fuse harmed - Go Tourmaster!!
The controller is intended to go inside the jacket which is just nonsensical since you'd have to pull over to make adjustments. I ran it through the d-ring on the right side/outside of my First Gear Ranier jacket so I can adjust and monitor it. The Ranier jacket has grommets in the left zippered pocket to allow wire pass through, but since the heated liner has the powerport on the right, I can't keep the controller in my left jacket pocket without having to disconnect/reconnect from the jacket it every time I unzip the darn thing.
My first heated jacket, still figuring out wire routing so it doesn't chew up my paint but also stays connected when I'm hanging off the corners on my way to work or home.
So, some issues, but for 1/4 the price of the competition (with controller), it's hard to complain.
PS: Pics of your installs welcome. I'll upload some when I have time.
06 Husqvarna TE610 - IMS 5 gal clear tank, heated grips, Alaska Leather sheepskin, Dirt Bagz, Leo Vince slip on, JD Jetting kit, Utah skid plate, Cycra barkbusters
08 BMW K1200S - It's freakin' awesome
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|02-18-2013, 08:41 AM||#32|
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Houston, Texas
I have the First Gear heated jacket, the 90w version. Although I don't get to use it much here, it does get pretty warm. I was wondering about the Sedici stuff. I sold one jacket to a customer and he returned it, saying it did not get warm enough. I don't know if it was just him, or the gear. I like the empirical results you got.
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