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Old 03-15-2011, 08:45 AM   #181
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And BTW, if the purpose of your aux lighting is conspicuity then you don't want all of your lighting bunched together. A larger triangle makes it easier for other road users to judge your speed and distance.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:43 AM   #182
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I assume Larry's put a 50A alternator in your bike so you should have oodles of spare watts - making lighting loads a complete non-issue.

My K75 has the 50A alternator. I run a 90W low beam with 2x70W fog lights and have plenty of watts left over for heated gear or whatever.
He did upgrade to a 50A Alternator.
We will see where we stand as Larry works on the bike. The Spoiler will be added and the axillary light position will be discussed as we the rebuild progresses. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:24 AM   #183
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Here's some rough alternator math for you.

When I first got my K1100LT (93 so it had the 32A alternator. upgraded since) I ran a 90W low beam with 2x35W aux lights. (No heated grips or other additional power draws aside from the radio.) When I upgraded to 2x55W aux lights it took me about 2 hours of running errands for the ABS to fault and then several blocks later the engine died. (Fortunately I was going down a hill so I turned off the aux lights and compression started it to get it running again.)

Given this, (and assuming the general power draw of a K1100 is somewhere near that of a K75) I'd just passed the cusp of how much the 32A alternator could put out. That's 35W of additional headlight draw and 110W of aux light draw for a total of 145W. So my ballpark estimate is that a 32A alternator has somewhere below 145W of "spare" watts. Let's say it's got around 130 "spare" watts.

Using a nominal voltage of 12V times the additional 18A means the 50A alternator has 216 additional watts. Add that to the 130 above and you've got roughly 350 watts to play with. Not exact science but gives a ballpark on the watts a 50A alternator has to spare.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:23 AM   #184
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Here's some rough alternator math for you.

When I first got my K1100LT (93 so it had the 32A alternator. upgraded since) I ran a 90W low beam with 2x35W aux lights. (No heated grips or other additional power draws aside from the radio.) When I upgraded to 2x55W aux lights it took me about 2 hours of running errands for the ABS to fault and then several blocks later the engine died. (Fortunately I was going down a hill so I turned off the aux lights and compression started it to get it running again.)

Given this, (and assuming the general power draw of a K1100 is somewhere near that of a K75) I'd just passed the cusp of how much the 32A alternator could put out. That's 35W of additional headlight draw and 110W of aux light draw for a total of 145W. So my ballpark estimate is that a 32A alternator has somewhere below 145W of "spare" watts. Let's say it's got around 130 "spare" watts.

Using a nominal voltage of 12V times the additional 18A means the 50A alternator has 216 additional watts. Add that to the 130 above and you've got roughly 350 watts to play with. Not exact science but gives a ballpark on the watts a 50A alternator has to spare.
OUTSTANDING...thanks for the info.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:37 AM   #185
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After looking at that I may get a little car cooler and turn my 35L top case into a beer fridge.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:00 AM   #187
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whats getting rebuilt on it?
appears to be perfect
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:59 AM   #188
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whats getting rebuilt on it?
appears to be perfect
upgrades to wheels, brakes and handlebars. Also some cosmetic chroming and the addition S chin spoiler


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whats getting rebuilt on it?
appears to be perfect
Needs more cowbell.

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After a little discussion, Larry will place the auxillary lighting near head light and chin spoiler will not be modified. He's received all the parts and will start to rebuild over weekend. Bike should be ready at the end of the month.





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Old 03-18-2011, 02:07 PM   #194
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Chroming it......Now who would have thought?


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Not a flake of chrome on my bike; that's all (fork brace, tank, gas cap and rear rack) hand-stripped, sanded and polished aluminum. The headers were ceramic-coated in Chromex which is not chrome but an aluminum look-alike ceramic composite.

More photos in my long-running thread linked below.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:18 PM   #195
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Not a flake of chrome on my bike; that's all (fork brace, tank, gas cap and rear rack) hand-stripped, sanded and polished aluminum. The headers were ceramic-coated in Chromex which is not chrome but an aluminum look-alike ceramic composite.

More photos in my long-running thread linked below.

Looks awesome....brings the curves out on the tank. I like what you did with the chin spoiler. How's the paint holding up?
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