I'm an old member of this forum & its sister site (K-Bikes.com) and after years of reading about the GT I finally took delivery of my own last month. Due to spending so much time on both sites I'm fairly up to speed with the various idiosyncrasies of the bike (Canbus system, final drive failures, rear brake sensor wire, air box & BBS, etc).
Am slowly moving toward farkling my 2008 GT and have some questions about cockpit layout and how various electronic items literally work together.
As the foundation of my wiring I've decided to use the Fuzeblock fuse panel instead of the new Centech AP-2. Seems to be a more versatile product as I won't need to install a relay for the equipment I want to run switched power to.
Here's a list of electronics I'll be using:
o Valentine 1 (really
need this immediately)
o Zumo 550 GPS with music loaded on SD card
o Heat Troller liner, pants, and possibly gloves
My biggest question is exactly how all the various audio devices work in concert. Beginning with the Valentine 1, how do you hear the warning beeps or are most just relying on the visual blinking of the red arrow. I can't imagine the external speaker can be heard at speed, so assume folks are either sending the audio to their helmet or using an inside helmet visual alert like the H.A.R.D. system (http://piratesk12site.net/HARD.htm)
To tie all the audio devices together suppose I'll need to purchase an AutoCom or something similar? How does this unit work and are there better ones available? Is there a way to install things such that my Valentine 1 would receive top priority and mute any GPS, music, or telephone conversation (not that I ever talk on the phone while riding)? An additional constraint is my desire to use a set of ear monitors that I had made. Can't stand Ipod type earbuds or in-helmet speakers such as what the Chatterbox product uses.
My goal here is to have a clean and well thought out cockpit that's high on functionality and low on distractions. As a fairly new rider my main focus is on the road ahead and not the farkles.
Appreciate any tips you can provide. I almost enjoy studying up on my options more so than purchasing the product once the final decision has been made.