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post #1 of 18 Old Dec 9th, 2016, 11:18 am Thread Starter
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It's getting to be heated grip & seat weather. I've gotta question regarding the seat heat switches.

The Rider's manual says the forward position (A) on the toggle is "Continuous heating" and the rear position (C) is "Rapid heating, then switch to position A or B". I've never understood just what this means. What happens if you leave the switch in position C? Will this cause the seat to overheat? Will it just become "continuous heating" as in position A? If so, why would the manual say to switch it?
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post #2 of 18 Old Dec 9th, 2016, 1:06 pm
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Re: Hot Seat

All I have ever seen or heard of re the heated seats is toggle forward for low, toggle rearward for high. For the grips...off/low/high.

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post #3 of 18 Old Dec 9th, 2016, 1:17 pm
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I cannot imagine that the seat would overheat. I have left mine on pretty long. It just gets very hot and the natural inclination is to move the switch to the forward position after that just to maintain a nice level of heat
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Re: Hot Seat

Just two different heat levels. My wife likes the Hottest one all the time during cold weather. Both seats (and backrest) are fed from a single 15 amp fuse so there is not a lot of power being consumed as the total for all three is less than 180 watts.

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Whatever position they are in I think the switchces are cheap and inferior.
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Whatever position they are in I think the switchces are cheap and inferior.
Mine have worked fine for 9 years. Nothing on a BMW is cheap. And I question your inferior claim. These switches are one of the few things not discussed here as a problem component.

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Because they are (generally) hardly used.
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Because they are (generally) hardly used.
???

Non sequitur.

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Whatever position they are in I think the switchces are cheap and inferior.
After careful consideration I think you are talking bollocks.
They are standard 3 position switches (Off,Low,High)

My user manual indicates that the High position should only be used for a short time since the power requirement is a stretching the alternator's capacity and could eventually lead to a flat battery.
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???

Non sequitur.
I meant that the switches are not often used, in some places never at all.
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After careful consideration I think you are talking bollocks.
They are standard 3 position switches (Off,Low,High)

My user manual indicates that the High position should only be used for a short time since the power requirement is a stretching the alternator's capacity and could eventually lead to a flat battery.
I understood that when the bike is running the alternator is more than capable in providing enough power. I have never had a problem in that sense.

You are entiltled to your opinion. Mine is that the switches could be of a higher quality and possibly easier to switch from off to on.
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I understood that when the bike is running the alternator is more than capable in providing enough power. I have never had a problem in that sense.

You are entiltled to your opinion. Mine is that the switches could be of a higher quality and possibly easier to switch from off to on.

We certainly are all entitled to our opinions.

I find the LT seat heater switches easy to use, even with gloves on. And mine have worked fine for nine years through rain and road dust so I can't complain about the quality. I prefer them to the K1600 whiz wheel which takes much longer to change the setting than just reaching down and toggling a switch. Sometimes simple really is better.
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"I prefer them to the K1600 whiz wheel which takes much longer to change the setting than just reaching down and toggling a switch. Sometimes simple really is better".

That is something we both agree on.
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I don't understand why it is on the throttle side.

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I don't understand why it is on the throttle side.

So you can show off your cruise control!
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I don't understand why it is on the throttle side.
I donīt either.

Nor do I understand why they are both on the same side, very close to each other.

But, apart from that, itīs a great bike !
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My wife uses hers quite a bit during the riding season. Never had an issue.

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Bimbler -
I hadn't considered that, but I think you might be right and it makes sense. The manual does caution to use heat only when "really required" because the increased power consumption could cause a negative charge condition at low engine speeds. I assume the seats would draw much more current than the grips so the switch may have been designed low-off-high to make inadvertently leaving in the high position less likely.
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