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Gerbing, how?

I'm looking into a Gerbing electric liner, because I'm getting tired (not to mention choked because of a couple of unwanted pounds around waist) of having to put all these layers when temperatures really drop. My idea is this: one long-sleeve thick (200-250) merino wool t-shirt, one thin fleece jacket, the Gerbing, the motorcycle jacket (Rukka, no insulated liner.) Is this a good approach for around 0 to 5° C ? Will it be enough? I ride a 1200 RT.

Also, is it better to wear the Gerbing as close to the skin as possible, or over the fleece will be okay?

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At 0 to 5° C (or 32 to 41° F), you're WAY over-doing it. I wear just a cotton shirt, my Gerbing's liner, and my normal riding jacket. You definitely want your heated gear as close to the skin as possible, with just one garment between. On all-day trips, I'll wear a self-wicking shirt instead of a cotton shirt.

As for my pants liner, I don't wear anything under it ... 'cept for my BVDs of course. So it is entirely possible to wear a jacket liner without anything under it . . . I just never do that for whatever reason.

You're going to wonder why you lived without heated gear for so long.

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Re: Gerbing, how?

I recently rode through Phoenix Arizona area with snow on the ground, near freezing and below temps. I rode with a t shirt, gerbing liner and olympia jacket, it was more than warm enough.

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Wow! Yes, how could I live all these years without heated garment? Wicking shirt, Gerbing liner and jacket? Really? I'm on my way to the dealer's

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You did not mention what year model your RT was. The 2005 and 2006 years had limited canbus to the power outlets ( 5 amp ) which will shut down if the gerbings go through it. In that case you will just wire directly to the battery on to a Fuze block.

Newer RT's work fine through the outlet.

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In SoCal I rarely have to deal with temps below 30-35 F

I wear a short sleeve cotton tshirt, long sleeve cotton shirt, the Gerbing liner, and the jacket, and have never been cold with that combo.

Heated grips and heated seat complete the package
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Re: Gerbing, how?

During my recent ride from Maine, during the first week of Dec, to Tucson, I wore my AeoStich suit, Gerbing's liner, with a long sleive shirt under the jacket liner and my blue jeans under the pants liner.

I went through pooring rain with temps in the low 40s, and at 85mph temps in the low 30s.

With the temp controller I was able to adjust both the jacket and pants liner. The on;y time I got cold was with lower 30s doing 85mph on an interstate. With the heated grips on high, and warring waterproof winter gloces, my finger tips got cold.

Initially I had the pants liner going under my blue jeans but I roasted whenever I went inside a store or inside for a meal.

I called Gerbings and they sent a larger pants liner and gave me full credit for the pant liner I sent back.

With that change, I could take off my riding suit and the heated insulated liners and jus put on a light weight jacket.

I opted for the dual controller that one can fit in a pocket. I put a hook and loop tape on it and was then able to stick it to the hook and loop fastner on my jacket pocket.

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You did not mention what year model your RT was. The 2005 and 2006 years had limited canbus to the power outlets ( 5 amp ) which will shut down if the gerbings go through it. In that case you will just wire directly to the battery on to a Fuze block.
For maximum heat, I recommend that everyone wires there Gerbing's directly to the battery ... or a fuse block that comes right off of the battery. Many have reported their heated gear not heating up completely when running off of OEM aux ports.

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You did not mention what year model your RT was. The 2005 and 2006 years had limited canbus to the power outlets ( 5 amp ) which will shut down if the gerbings go through it. In that case you will just wire directly to the battery on to a Fuze block.

Newer RT's work fine through the outlet.

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I have the 2012 model, so I guess the alternator should be okay. BTW, someone can tell me the watts output of the 2012 RT alternator?
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You will have plenty alternator...it is rated at 720 watts. Gerbing jacket liner draws 77 watts...glove liner draws 22 watts.

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I have the 2012 model, so I guess the alternator should be okay. BTW, someone can tell me the watts output of the 2012 RT alternator?
Don't overlook the Gerbings heated gloves. Heated hand grips are nice, but there's nothing like heated gloves when the temps drop. I have the socks also.

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Don't overlook the Gerbings heated gloves. Heated hand grips are nice, but there's nothing like heated gloves when the temps drop. I have the socks also.
I love heated grips, but what I'd really love to have is heated levers! I always cover both levers with two fingers in town, and, boy, do the tips get cold! Maybe heated gloves would help.

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Re: Gerbing, how?

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Maybe heated gloves would help.
You better believe they do. Gerbings gloves are all I have, so far. Haven't pushed myself toward a jacket liner yet. I'm thinking heated insoles would be nice too!

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Re: Gerbing, how?

I wear a long-sleeve t-shirt underneath my Widder and it is warm enough for me. I've ridden in temps. below 0 C and haven't been chilled.


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I've been riding for the past month with the Gerbing XE jacket,pants, and G3 gloves. This stuff is the best thing since refrigerated beer. I can throw it on over my normal clothes if I'm headed to the office; or, if I'm really headed out for a day's ride, I just wear a single layer of underarmor pants and shirt - a thin wicking layer. With the UnderArmor and the Gerbings I feel like I'm in a hot tub on a cold day - it's an amazingly comfortable sensation.

I did about 3 hours in sub-40F temps a few weeks ago in this apparel and never once felt like I was missing anything that I didn't have headed footwear. Just a normal pair of riding boots with snowboarding/hiking socks did the trick.

I've been thinking though as the temps come up this spring that I might want just a Gerbing jacket liner to throw inside my mesh jacket that I can remove during the ride if it gets too warm. I think the XE jacket will be way too warm for using as the temps get above even the mid-50'sF.

I have mine wired to a permanently installed dual temp controller on my K16GT and connect to a fused pigtail direct to the battery.
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