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Old 03-13-2013, 11:49 PM   #1
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DISPATCH 1 Wireless Power Distribution System INSTALL on R1200GS ( A Pictorial)

1. What is Dispatch 1
2. Components of Dispatch 1
3. Functionality of Dispatch 1
4. Economics of Dispatch 1
5. Installation of Dispatch 1 on R1200GS



1. What is Dispatch 1

The Dispatch 1 system is a power distribution system that allows you to control up to ten accessories and electrical devices with protected power circuits and port-specific outputs. The Dispatch 1 system allows you to control the myriad of devices that most riders find essential for their unique biking requirements. These devices might include:

• GPS unit
• MP3 Player
• Heated Clothing
• Radar detector
• Additional LED/High power lighting
• Bluetooth intercoms
• Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
• iPhone, iPod, Droid

2. Components of Dispatch 1
The Dispatch 1 SYSTEM is comprised of 2 separate units:
• The Controller Module
• The Power Distribution Module (PDM)

additionally the system includes the following:
• 1" RAM ball Mount
• 4 Cables to connect electrical accessories and heated clothing to the PDM
• Operating Manual

This is what the complete Dispatch 1 SYSTEM and its components look like:

 photo DSC_0303.jpeg
A 1" RAM ball mount (not shown above) is attached to the rear of the Controller...and INCLUDED in the system.

a. The Power Distribution Module
This is where all of your electrical device are physically connected. This is the BLACK BOX with the wire leads running from it. This module is typically mounted under the rider's seat or other convenient location where there is sufficient space.

 photo DSC_00101.jpg Barrel Jack connections

 photo DSC_00041.jpg USB/RJ-11 connections

b. The Controller Module (foreground)
This is the other component of the system which WIRELESSLY control all of the 10 outputs of the Power Distribution module. A RAM ball mount is included for mounting the controller to a RAM arm and other RAM mounting point.

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The controller showing the individual control of the 10 power connections.

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The rear cover of the Controller unit with the supplied RAM ball mounted.

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3. Functionality of Dispatch 1
The Dispatch 1 website (http://www.arborealsystems.com/Arbor...tems/home.html ) provides:

Nine very informative Videos of the operation of the system. They're well produced and show the basic functionality / features of the Dispatch 1.

A. Dispatch 1 Videos:

System Overview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=XTo1cL2Zt9A
Basic Usage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=R6zzbpnZlmI
Adjusting Heat for Heated Clothing Outlets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=MELquBK15dU
How to control Switched Outputs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=7ni3n_fK56s
How to use the Setup Screens
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=JgB4xnZGlPA
What happens when you Power Down the system
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=TlpoAQHVRFI
How Port Memory works
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=4bN3OYT6ick
How PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) works to adjust power ouput levels
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Zl_lojn6wp0
Variable Output Reconfiguration
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=3SZ9y7Weczs

B. Dispatch 1 Operating Manual:

The website further includes the complete Operating Manual (plus an addendum)
http://www.arborealsystems.com/Arbor...s/D1manual.pdf


C. Dispatch 1 Editorial Reviews

Finally, there are 4 Reviews of the Dispatch 1 in great detail

Farkleme.com
http://farkle.me/motorcycleelectrica...agement-system

Web Bike World
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/dispatch-1/

Bolty.net
http://bolty.net/2011/02/23/the-disp...ssory-miracle/

Motorcycle Consumer News
http://www.arborealsystems.com/Arbor...iles/MCND1.jpg

With all of the detailed information available, I won't attempt to re-present the same details.

If you have any specific questions regarding the system, you may contact Dispatch 1 at:
• Email: service@arborealsystems.com
or
• 510 849 2601
• Contact: Dan Grassetti


4. Economics of Dispatch 1

While some might be initially be inclined to compare the Dispatch 1 pricing to an individual Centech AP-2, Fuzeblock or Eastern Beaver Power Center, that would result in selling Dispatch 1 very, very short. Dispatch 1 not only handles the functionality of these units plus provides additional capabilities not found in them.

For heated clothing...plug it directly into the Power Distribution Module and save yourself the cost of dual heat controls, "Y" splitters and more. Then, you can adjust the heating level of these components to any of the 32 levels that Dispatch 1 can select.

Why pay for a voltmeter and find a place to mount it when Dispatch 1 provides one in the Controller.

Why pay for a temperature device when Dispatch 1 includes one in the Controller?

Need to install multiple USB ports to charge your IPod, IPhone, Droid, Bluetooth communications device?
Need to keep switching USB devices in your single USB port.
You won't need to find an 120V outlet, nor carrying 120V adapters.
No...Dispatch 1 has you covered with 3 USB ports.

Need special adapters for your Valentine 1 or Escort radar unit?
No...just plug your unit directly into the RJ-11 port.

Overall, Dispatch 1 is very price competitive and with all the ADDITONAL functionality NOT AVAILABLE in these other single units...Dispatch 1 is an attractive alternative to individual components.

5. Installation of Dispatch 1 on R1200GS

Mounting the Controller
The Dispatch 1 was quickly and easily mounted to the R1200GS windshield support with
• the 1" RAM ball mount (provided)...coupled to a
• short 1" arm (RAM-B-201U-A RAM Short Double Socket Arm for 1" Ball Bases. Overall Length: 2.38") and
• UBolt base (RAM-B-231ZU RAM Rail Base with Zinc Coated U-Bolt & 1" Ball for Rails from 0.5" to 1.25" in Diameter)

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Mounting the Power Distribution Module (PDM)
The most convenient place I found to mount the PDM is in the 'tool tray'. It provides sufficient space for easy access to the front and rear of the PDM and all 10 outlets.

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The tool tray requires a very small modification to the FRONT edge to accommodate access to all the "U" and "H" outlets. The area requiring removal is easily accomplished with a common utility knife, hacksaw blade or Dremel device.

The area to be removed is shown in the HASHED lines on the left of the OEM tool tray opening.

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Once this excess material is removed...full access is available as shown below.

 photo DSC01537.jpg

Unfortunately the tool tray's irregular shape doesn't provide a nice FLAT surface to mount the PDM.
In order to provide a secure mounting platform, a MOUNTING SHIM (1/16" galvanized sheet metal) was created and secured, as shown below. A template of this SHIM on 1/4" GRID paper is available to save you design time. The template is found at the end of this pictorial.

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This MOUNTING SHIM was painted black and secured in the upper right hand corner of the tool tray using a single standard #8 black automotive TRIM screw.

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In order to secure the PDM to the tool tray a simple HOLD DOWN bracket (shown in ORANGE) was created out of the same galvanized material and secured to the tool tray using the same #8 trim screws.

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PDM mounted showing access to USB/RJ-11 ports.

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The wiring of the PDM was completed by:
1. Attaching the YELLOW trigger wire to the Green/Blue wire from the Diagnostic Plug with a RED Posi-Tap.
2. Attaching the RED positive wire to the POSITIVE terminal on the BATTERY.
3. Attaching the BLACK negative wire to the NEGATIVE terminal on the BATTERY.
4. Securing the GREEN temperature probe to the side of the tool tray with a small tie-wrap.

 photo DSC01572.jpg

With small tie-wraps securing all the PDM wiring...it's time to:
• wire up some accessories...
• plug in some USB devices,
• go buy a HEATED VEST and RADAR detector
• and put the seat on and go for a ride.

 photo DSC01577.jpg

The entire R1200GS installation only took a few hours...most of which was figuring out WHERE to mount the PDM and 'watching the paint dry'. The installation was very straight forward and easy for even a 'noob' to accomplish.

The modification of the tool tray was easy and making the hold down bracket was a breeze.

Overall, the installation was so straight forward that:

I've just completed the same system on my 06 R1200RT!
Here's the link to the RT installation:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=870941

Template for the Tool Tray metal shim:


****SPECIAL NOTE****
Arboreal Systems is offering a special discount to ADV riders.
This offer can be found in the VENDORS forum at:


http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=870390

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Old 03-14-2013, 05:44 AM   #2
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Looks good Robert.

It is similar to my install of a Fuzeblock.



I couldn't tell if you did it or not, but since you removed the tool strap make sure you RTV, or cover, this hole:




Or you will subject your box and exposed connections to road spray, particularly bad if you ride where there is salt or chemicals on the road.

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Old 03-14-2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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Jim,

Thanks for your comments and input.

Actually the straps weren't removed but merely neatly tucked under the tool tray. A little RTV still couldn't hurt!

Have also installed (not mentioned in 'pictorial') a MachineArtMoto MudSling to cut down on the dirt, grime or other debris coming off the rear wheel.

Time to ride!

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Old 03-14-2013, 10:03 AM   #4
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It's probably not critical, but I mounted my Dispatch 1 distribution module on a 1/8" pad of ensolite foam. I didn't strap my down on top, (I just let gravity hold it in), but if you use a sheetmetal strap, I'd also suggest a compliant pad between the strap and the module. Also, I run the temp sensor outside the underseat area and loosely tie wrap it under my rear rack on the opposite side from the exhaust, where it does get some airflow ... this probably gives a more accurate ambient temp reading than tucked under the seat.

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:05 PM   #5
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Jim,

Thanks for your comments and input.

Actually the straps weren't removed but merely neatly tucked under the tool tray. A little RTV still couldn't hurt!

Have also installed (not mentioned in 'pictorial') a MachineArtMoto MudSling to cut down on the dirt, grime or other debris coming off the rear wheel.

Time to ride!
If you are not using them just pull the straps out all together. Cleaner and easy. My friend has the Mudsling, but it doesn't cover the strap hole. His is why I know about the damage it can do. When we put in a new fuzeblock we RTVed the hole.

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Old 03-15-2013, 09:42 AM   #6
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If you are not using them just pull the straps out all together. Cleaner and easy. My friend has the Mudsling, but it doesn't cover the strap hole. His is why I know about the damage it can do. When we put in a new fuzeblock we RTVed the hole.

Jim
Headed to HD (no not Harley D) for RTV...right now! Thanks, again.

Update: RTV completed!

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I really like the looks and function of the Dispatch, and I'm sure I'm the only person to ever think this, but man I wish the module mounted up front instead of under the seat. I would like to run ONLY the power/switch out from the battery to the front and then I wouldn't need to run all these cables back under the seat.

I've not done a lot of bike wiring so maybe I'm missing something, but for the heated gear, aux lights, and GPS/radar, i would think quick connects directly at the unit up front would be better. That's more about the Dispatch function than your installation of it.

Sorry about any hijack, your installation is awesome.
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The unit isn't that big. I would imagine you could find a location for it.

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I really like the looks and function of the Dispatch, and I'm sure I'm the only person to ever think this, but man I wish the module mounted up front instead of under the seat. I would like to run ONLY the power/switch out from the battery to the front and then I wouldn't need to run all these cables back under the seat.

I've not done a lot of bike wiring so maybe I'm missing something, but for the heated gear, aux lights, and GPS/radar, i would think quick connects directly at the unit up front would be better. That's more about the Dispatch function than your installation of it.

Sorry about any hijack, your installation is awesome.
Hello Goldburg. This is Dan Grassetti, the head cheese at Arboreal Systems. In answer to your question, you can mount the distribution module wherever you want, the only real constraint being the length of the high current input wires. We ship the module with 26" leads using 10 AWG wire. The reason for this length is that we want to make absolutely sure that if you were to load the system up to its full rated capacity (60 AMPS), it won't go up in flames...which it won't.

We have had a number of customers who want to extend the inputs wires, and where this is needed we recommend removing the crimped connectors and splicing a section of 8 AWG wire as required (but we recommend no more than 2'). Having said this, the reality is that hardly anyone is actually going to be drawing 60 AMPS, and most bikes won't even generate that much current (BMWs being a notable exception). What this means is that you could likely extend the inputs using 10 AWG wire without risk.

So, locating the distribution module near the front of the bike is no problem at all!

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for the feedback, Dan.
I've got some money that i'm sure to be parted with soon...
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Neat system! Thanks for the report. I have yet to install the fuzeblock in mine. Still have to order a few connectors, etc. and decide on the brand of heated clothing. Also: Portable controllers or hard wired?...
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Neat system! Thanks for the report. I have yet to install the fuzeblock in mine. Still have to order a few connectors, etc. and decide on the brand of heated clothing. Also: Portable controllers or hard wired?...
No need for portable OR hard wired controllers with the Dispatch 1. Save your money!
Heated clothing plugs directly INTO the Power Distribution Module.
You then have 32 levels of heating control...directly controllable by the WIRELESS controller! Sweet.

Thanks for your kind comments on the pictorial. Always 'fun' to do. Helps others.

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I've been interested in the Dispatch unit for some time but the size was a factor in finding a place for it on my bike.

There's someone on this site working on a unit that you can control by bluetooth from your smart phone, see it here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...827565&page=10
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Fantastic info guys, muchly appreciated.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:47 AM   #15
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Looks great, I have been eyeing one of those myself for some time, a little light on development in the recent years it seems, last major additions were back in 2011 with the PWM stuff

Did anyone consider mounting it further forward on the bike? I figured it would be easier to get to the USB and utility ports if the permanent cables ran through to the front of the bike rather than have to get up under the seat all the time

or do you all just run permanent cables for everything needed?

Either way, love the walk through, looks nicely done! thanks for the guide :)
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