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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ninepeaks9, Nov 28, 2012.
Just got it home
Just got it home
Sorry, really bad at the picture posting
It's not really the battery that's a concern for running extra electrical gear, it's the alternator. That year appears to have a 600 watt alternator. The bike itself uses somewhere from maybe 200-250 watts for the computer, fuel pump, lights, etc. So as long as you don't add more than ~350 watts of additional load you are fine. If you draw more power than the alternator is providing, then you start pulling from the battery. Do that for too long, and you'll drain the battery while on the move, and the bike will go dead.
You should easily have enough power for two jacket liners (up to 90 watts each), heated gloves (~20 watts per pair), plus running your heated grips, and even add some driving lights... the new LED lights use almost nothing for wattage (10 watts each?).
Just be aware that the alternator probably only puts out the full 600 watts at close to 4,000 RPM. At idle it may only be putting out ~250 watts. So if you have a bunch of heated gear cranked up, and are in stop and go traffic, you may start draining the battery.
On the good side though: if you use a heat-troller for the jackets, you will only be using some percentage of the 90 watts per jacket, based on what the setting on the troller is.
What you will need to do is run a separate fused lead for each jacket. Two jackets @ 90 watts will pull too many Amps for a single lead.
Enjoy the cold weather riding, it's a lot of fun when you are comfortably warm inside your gear.
+1 on the Centech fuse box. I brought my 07 home Dec. 06 and installed the Centech that winter.
Congrats on you bike,Have lots of fun ,I love my 12 R1200R
Thanks all for the info and the picture help. No work today = riding!
Just a little homage on the best bike in the world, now that the season slowly comes to an end.
So, I think I might be interested in swapping my touring windshield ( pic post 1088) for the sport shield. Anyone interested please pm me.
If anyone has used an EasyRizer lift for their R1200R, please PM me. I suspect there is an easier set-up for the pegs than what I did on my red lift.
...I've got a CEE Bailey windshield and a GPR exhaust for sale in the FM if you have any needs for such.
The GPR is a sweet pipe!
Anyone have any experience with using this on the OEM touring screen?
Good? Bad? Other options? I currently ride with no screen because I prefer clean air over the horrible buffeting I experience with the shield.
I have several friends who use these and like them. (I guess they would take them off if they didn't like them).
Hmm, I think I'd prefer an MRA vario spoiler over that, but I'd have to see both installed.
I still need to gather up the gumption to order an OEM tall screen and bracket - I know I'll want something taller than the sport screen for the winter, but I worry that I'll hate it so much I'll be forever switching between that and the sport screen brackets.
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