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Old 03-15-2013, 07:26 PM   #1
LaurelPerryOnLand OP
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DISPATCH 1 Wireless Power Distribution System INSTALL on R1200RT (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:

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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.

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 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 ( ) 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
Basic Usage
Adjusting Heat for Heated Clothing Outlets
How to control Switched Outputs
How to use the Setup Screens
What happens when you Power Down the system
How Port Memory works
How PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) works to adjust power ouput levels
Variable Output Reconfiguration

B. Dispatch 1 Operating Manual:

The website further includes the complete Operating Manual (plus an addendum)

C. Dispatch 1 Editorial Reviews

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

Web Bike World

Motorcycle Consumer News

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 should contact Dispatch 1 at:
• Email:
• 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 R1200RT

Mounting the Controller
The Dispatch 1 was initally mounted to the R1200RT accessory shelf 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)

However, after an installation test ride...I found this location generated too much vibration for the Controller.
I would NOT recommend this location for mounting.

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I have since decided to mount it on the right side brake reservoir using a RAM-mount 'clutch' mounting plate, the same on shown on the left 'clutch' side for the GPS.
An updated photo will be shown when the mounting plate arrives...soon!

Here's the UPDATED photo with the right side brake mount:
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Mounting the Power Distribution Module (PDM)
The most convenient place I found to mount the PDM is centered under the seat. I choose to create a mounting plate and "piggyback" it to the mounting plate of the Centech AP-2 that was already mounted and attached to the seat locking mechanism. It provides sufficient space for easy access to the front and rear of the PDM and all 10 outlets.

The picture below shows the unpainted mounting plate roughly position beneath the Centech AP-2 unit and the bike's cross member on the left.

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The PDM mounting plate was then "piggybacked" to the BOTTOM of the stainless steel mounting plate using just 2 of the 4 mounting screws.
This stainless steel mounting plate that is part of the R1200RT Centech AP-2 kit offered by

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I decided to use Industrial Strength VELCRO to secure this mounting bracket to the bike's well secure the PDM unit to this mounting plate.

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Two (2) pieces of VELCRO were mounted on the base of the PDM unit.

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Two additional pieces of VELCRO were attached to the bottom side of the mounting plate. The 'mating' pieces were attached to the bike frame.

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Here are the 2 'mating' pieces of VELCRO attached to the now SILVER painted mounting plate

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The Centech AP-2 has now been re-wired to it's initial configuration. It's now ready to receive it's stainless cover.
The PDM is then positioned and secured to these VELCRO pieces.

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The PDM 'trigger' wiring utilizes the Green/Red tailight wire, as shown.

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This photo shows:
1. The YELLOW trigger wire attached to the Red/Green tail light wire.
2. The cover on the AP-2 reinstalled.
3. The PDM attached to the mounting plate.

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The wiring of the PDM was completed by:
1. Attaching the YELLOW trigger wire to the Green/Red wire from the Tail light 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 with a small tie-wrap.

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This photo shows the readily accessible RJ-11 and (3) USB ports.

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With small tie-wraps securing all the PDM'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.

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The entire R1200RT 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.

Overall, the installation was so straight forward that:

I just completed the same installion on my 06 R1200GS!

Here's the link to the GS installation:

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

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Old 03-17-2013, 07:07 AM   #2
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***Inmate Goldburg made the following post on the R1200GS pictorial thread:****
Dan Grassetti's (Arboreal Systems) response follows which may be of interest to RT riders, as well.
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Originally Posted by Goldburg
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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