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post #1 of 9 Old Dec 15th, 2012, 9:39 am Thread Starter
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Heated clothing questions

I am starting to look at purchasing heated clothing for me and the Hi Command. I am not looking for info on any certain brand, but for the process of using the stuff.

In my search, more questions arise than are answered. I assume that all of the various brands are designed to be worn in place of protective gear's insulated liner? Is that correct?

Next, how does one keep from hanging themselves with all of the wire hanging out all over the place? Looks like a tangled up mess waiting to happen. I am also confused by the so-called wireless options. Doesn't look so wireless to me when looking through the catalogs. This seems to be even an more confusing mess with the intercom cables.

Does anyone have a link to videos or images of the install and useage process for LT's?

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Re: Heated clothing questions

The wireless option is the heat controller only. You can get a single or a dual. The dual is nice if you want to regulate your gloves and jacket separately from your pants and socks. I really like mine. It eliminates a lot of extra connection wires.

You still have to connect the heated clothing to power via the coax plugs. I have my coax power cable come out right in front of my seat, and that's all I have to plug in. When not in use, I just leave it under the seat.

The wireless controller makes everything easier, lighter, and less complicated.

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Re: Heated clothing questions

check out this thread.
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71460

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+1 on the wireless controller. Using that you have only one wire to connect to use your liner. You are correct in that the liners are to be used inside protective jacket instead of the liner that came with the jacket. This video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iIl7FDZnAM may answer some of your questions on installation.

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Look at the warm and safe site for good explaination of heated clothing.

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Re: Heated clothing questions

Hi Scott,

The remote controller sounds nice, but I don't think it could eliminate any wiring I currently have. You're still teathered to power. I've been able to live with the dual controller in the tank bag (easy to get at the adjustment knobs), power coming out from under the front of the seat and into the tank bag. With just 2 wires coming out of the tank bag to the Gerbings jacket and pants. All still short runs right in front of me.
I have forgotten that I was plugged in before. The connections seems to come undone fairly easily. I've yet to feel like something deadly will happen to me with the wiring where I have it.

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I think you need to do some work on your Lt bike as it really wired dangerously and could really hurt you in your riding. As it could really heat up and even burn or spark for sometime. So, you not to have better safety measures and repairing of it, to keep it nice and safe.


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Re: Heated clothing questions

I've been using Gerbing jacket, gloves and soles for a couple years now on my LT. I have the dual controller (I didn't know they came wireless) on the left side of the fairing, held there with Velcro. Works fine. When I forget I'm plugged in I hear the Velcro tear - no damage to anything.

I usually wear the heated jacket inside the liner. On the LT I start the heat when the temperature drops to low 50's. I wear heated soles in my normal riding boots. I usually turn these on when the temp drops to low 40's

It's a bit of a hassle to get dressed in the morning, but it allows me to ride year round in the DC area.
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Re: Heated clothing questions

As for Gerbing, I may be wrong, but I think only the vest can be powered by a battery. Then, I suppose the trade off for wiring is a cumbersome battery plus charging stuff if you're on the road. And I don't think they make a wireless heat controller.

I have the Gerging liner with a heat controller. Yes, there is wiring going from me to the controller, then from the controller to the battery (or BMW Canbus outlet.) It sounds like a lot dangling, but you forget it once on your way. It all stays put behind my left knee. And it's only for mid-March to mid-April and mid-Nov.to mid-Dec. But for those 60 or so days it's a blessing. One thick merino underwear, the electric liner, and the jacket, with or without the lining. On my RT I can ride down to around 35 F. comfortably.
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