Okay, I've been riding for 27 years but when it gets cold outside, I usually wuss out and stay indoors and concentrate on other hobbies, primarily Makers Mark and various imported suds ... I have occasionally done some winter riding but always behind big ol' fairings (R1100RT, K1200LT). Now with the GS in my garage and winter clearly on the way - it's in the fifties and I'm already freezing my arse off - and much less wind protection, it's time to consider some electric gear. A few questions: * Which brand do you prefer: Widder, Gerbing, BMW, etc.? * Which type to you prefer: vest or full jacket? * Is it smart to get one with a thermostat control? * Do you have to hook them up to the battery terminals or can you just use a BMW plug to the accessory outlet? Also, any other tips would be appreciated. And keep in mind I have a somewhat limited budget, so the "Nuclear Powered Glow 'N' Go" models are simply out of the question.