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Just to the left of the computer monitor. I read the manual, twice and can't find an explanation. I also have one near the gear shift.

 

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Its called a plug in socket, what it's for is an aux power plug for you to plug accessory's into. On my LT I have one by the shifter and one on the front of the top case for the passenger.
 

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Eddie,

There are two type of plugs on the beemer that have that type of cover(stock). One is indeed the powerlet adapter type power plug. Usually two or three on the bike, one by the shifter, one on the left of the passenger seat near the speaker, and sometimes one on the right by the brake peddle. The one at the shifter is always powered and lots of folks use that one for the battery tender. The other one only have power when the ignition is on.

The other type of plug is for the communication gear, wired helmet intercom. If your bike has a comm system it would have two of those also. One at the back by the power plug and one up front usually to the left of the radio controls. ( At least on later models )

You can look at Powerlet products here .
 

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That is exactly where I had a plug is for the communication gear, or intercom system on my '00. If your bike has a comm system that is where they put them on the early LT's. It could also be a Powerlet plug that the PO may have installed. Easy to tell by just lifting the door/flap and seeing if it has multiple pins or just the one large socket.

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Yeah Eddie I have that one too. Did you get the 12" adapter cable plug with your bike? It can plug into those sockets and ends with a 12v power female socket.
 

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Eddie, you sure you're 74, you're like a kid at Chirstmas, love your excitement!
 

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Plug in for the headset for your intercom..Power plug for driver is on the left side by your leg, Passenger plugs are located on the left side under the rear speaker, intercom and power outlet are side by side..
 

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EddieLo.

There may be plugs like that in several places on the bike as I have added 2 additional Powerlet plugs to mine. They only take the Powerlet type of male plug and if you use them you will see they are much improved over the 'cigarette' type of connector. If you will have anything like a compressor, or anything that needs a 'regular American' type of cigarette lighter male plug, you'll need to get one of the 12" Powerlet adapter plugs mentioned above. Of course the other option would be to get a handful of the Male Powerlet connectors and change things over to that for a better connection. They won't fall out or dislodge from the connection during a ride in my opinion.

I keep a small compressor on the bikes I'm riding that day in the event of a flat or riding conditions deem the need to deflate the tires a bit like on a dirt or sandy road. Yes I do ride the LT on dirt roads down here in some cases and it does fine aired down about 10 lbs. Then I just air them back up with the compressor. Most of these cases are when I'm 'exploring' on the KLR-650 and see something I want to ride and it ends up in turning to a sandy road but I have had to that also on the LT.

I also have used these connections to charge up the cell phone and to charge camera or computer batteries while in route. Works fine with the short Powerlet cord.

Also can be found here --> http://www.whitehorsegear.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Powerlet&x=0&y=0
 

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Might mention one more thing if it hasn't already been suggested to you. The purchase of a Clymers manual is highly recommended if you plan on doing your own wrenching or adding things that require a schematic. The Clymers manual is complete and has color coded wiring diagrams in the back. Look on the net, I think I got mine from Amazon for under $30 shipped.

Also, since at our age almost nobody around the house listens to us... and we know we have some brain cells that still work and we are so eager to share knowledge, you'll find good and usable information from us that have gone before you in this new venture you've started.
 

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EddieLo said:
Just to the left of the computer monitor. I read the manual, twice and can't find an explanation. I also have one near the gear shift.

That's a BMW intercom plug, one up front for you and one on the topbox for passenger
 

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Yeah Eddie I have that one too. Did you get the 12" adapter cable plug with your bike? It can plug into those sockets and ends with a 12v power female socket.
No. Any idea where I can get that adapter cable plug? I would like one for my GPS and my iPod. Think Radio Shack has it? Or must I get it at a motorcycle shop and pay twice as much as RS? Any idea what it's called? It's not like anything I've seen before. It must have a name.
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EddieLO

Might mention one more thing if it hasn't already been suggested to you. The purchase of a Clymers manual is highly recommended if you plan on doing your own wrenching or adding things that require a schematic. The Clymers manual is complete and has color coded wiring diagrams in the back. Look on the net, I think I got mine from Amazon for under $30 shipped.

Also, since at our age almost nobody around the house listens to us... and we know we have some brain cells that still work and we are so eager to share knowledge, you'll find good and usable information from us that have gone before you in this new venture you've started.
Thank you Tommy. And since since I know you're older than me I will look up to you to help me out, lol. As for the Clymers, I think I'll pass as my knowledge stops at where it says "step one."
Exsubmariner says I can use one for a 12v adapter so I can use my GPS and iPOd. I have no plans to have two-up thus no communication devices needed. Next step is to get a mount for both. Any suggestions?
Thanks Tommy
Eddie
ps, wouldn't it be neat for you and I to ride together with a sign "148 years experience" on our backs? :histerica

Ok, I just re-read your post and I see you provided a link. Never mind. I'll check the site out to see exactly what I need.
 

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EddieLo, I'll meet you half way, maybe in Texas next year. Your call when.

Now, you know I've mentioned that I'm not cheap, but do my things on the economy side. Here is what I did to mount the GPS. Being a pilot and navigator I wanted the GPS to be right up in front of my vision so I didn't have to look down and fiddle with it. It's sorta like my own little HUD. I also knew that I didn't want some sort of tray up on my dash. Thin pieces of flat aluminum will cut you like a knife in a crash event so that method was out for me. My 660 Zumo is mounted right up here.



There are little things called Well Nuts. You can get them at a bike shop if you don't care about paying through the nose. I got mine at an Ace Hardware locally. They are not metric but who cares about that at a time like this. I think the ones I have on this project are 3/16" and fit in a 3/8" hole nicely. Pic below. Seems like they were in the $.45 cent range and they had lots of sizes. This one is about 1/2" long on the cylinder part and has a brass threaded insert molded in the bottom. When the bolt/screw is tightened up with the well nut in a hole, it pulls the rubber upward and thus flattening it as it widens against the part underneath. It's just a rubber blind nut to be short.



With the windshield removed, I measured a center point on the rounded part on the dash. I had, many times before, had that dash off the bike doing other things and noted that there were no moving or close parts under where I was going to drill the 4 holes for the Well Nuts. I laid this RAM mount base --> http://www.amazon.com/Mount-Square-2-Inch-1-7-Inch-1-Inch/dp/B004O8LF26 on the dash and marked the holes with Marks A Lot. I drilled a smaller pilot hole first and then used the correct size drill for the Well Nut. Install the 4 Well Nuts and then lay the RAM mount on it and insert 4 bolts and tighten down and you have something like this. This bolts down tight and there is no movement on the mount.



Adding a 3" RAM Arm like this one --> http://www.amazon.com/National-Prod...TF8&qid=1352335271&sr=1-1&keywords=RAM+3"+ARM
and an additional Square RAM Mount on the back of your GPS cradle and then your GPS cradle, you come up with this - You can see where I used a Dremel tool to cut out a place for the GPS power cable to route between the top piece and the instrument panel. I hooked power for the GPS into the Map Light so it's off when the bike key is off.



For maybe $40 bucks you have the two RAM Mounts and the Arm and the Well Nuts. The GPS is just under line of sight and right at an easy place to reach up and set or adjust when necessary and it's not covering up anything else you need to see. The other mount piece shown on the windshield in a couple of shots is the mount for the GoPro camera I use from time to time.
 

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Tommy,

Can you post a photo of your GoPro camera mounted on that?
 

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No. Any idea where I can get that adapter cable plug? I would like one for my GPS and my iPod. Think Radio Shack has it? Or must I get it at a motorcycle shop and pay twice as much as RS? Any idea what it's called? It's not like anything I've seen before. It must have a name.
Eddie

Eddie,
The plugs that fit the socket are aavailable from a company called Powerlet.
Might be available in some auto parts stores and some motorcycle shops.
If you have a John Deere dealer nearby they used the plug and receptical on some of thier small tractors. I bought some 10 years ago and they were 1/2 the price of Powerlet.
 

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Eddie, you sure you're 74, you're like a kid at Chirstmas, love your excitement!
Thanks Eddee P. Actually, I look 44, feel 34, kids think I act 24, and I'm not gonna tell about 14. :D
Yep, every time I read something about the LT here that I need to check, I go out to the garage with a good flashlight and check per a suggestion here on the forum, for example, center stand should be flat with floor. When I read that I rushed to the bike to check. It's flat on.
I also was reading on ways to put bike on center stand. I also checked out some youtube videos. So I go to the garage and lo and behold, I can put the bike on the center stand without any help. It took a couple of tries but I know how to do it now.
 

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Hschisler, I don't want to hijack this thread but this might help others thinking about a camera on the LT... So here are pics I took for you tonight at abt 10:35 EST. Front of LT with extremely dirty windshield and GoPro Hero 2 mounted. I didn't trust the stick on mount from previous experience on the TransAmerican Trail with a couple of GoPro's with stick on mount. One came off and if my son hadn't seen the camera and mount bounding by his bike, we'd have lost it. But I contacted GoPro and they sent me a completely new mount and case assembly. Can't beat that for service. The camera was fine.

So I gently pressed the stick on to the windshield and marked the two holes I had drilled and counter sunk and carefully drilled the necessary holes in the windshield. I used and old fairly dulled drill at a low speed so it did not grab into and crack the windshield. I mounted it with a couple of screws and lock nuts. Counter sinking the hole is necessary as the male part of the camera mount must be able to slide into this part of the mount.

Second pic is from cockpit with bike on side stand. NOTE - The large Black Ball is on the inside of the windshield and the part of the mount for the GPS not part of the GoPro mount. Just so as not to confuse one.



A front view of the GoPro mounted. Note the little white rubber diddy. That piece presses into the camera or male part of the mount after the camera is mounted. It keeps the mount from accidently coming off. A neat little addition to the Hero 2 camera. Second pic in this line is just a lower look at the camera. Note that in this newer version the screen has more detailed information and is right side up. The resolution in HD is quite amazing.



I hope this has helped you with your question.
 

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Tommy. When do you use the Pro? Is it for in case you have an accident and it's not your fault? (if it's your fault, the police may ask to see images. Under the 5th amendment you can refuse) Or just to record scenery as you put-put around the good 'ole US of A?
The Pro is on my wish list.
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Thanks Tommy, and apologies to others for the hijack.

Those last 2 photos were just what I was looking for. I was wondering why you used a permanent mount on the windscreen (that is, didn't use the adhesive GoPro mount by itself). You answered that question.

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Howard, Don't think anyone minds at all, as long as there is useful information flowing it's good. I did leave the 'stickum' on the mount as a cushion between the actual mount and the front of the windshield and also washers under the lock nuts behind the windshield.

Also might add that the videos were almost like on a tripod because the LT is so smooth. I have the camera mounted on my 'dirt' helmet when I'm on the KLR650 as I'm on dirt roads and the head and body and knees take a great deal of that movement out.
 
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