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I have a 2007 C50T. The previous owner added a GPS and wired up for heated vest plug-in. I was told that the alternator has no more room for add-ons, like heated grips or seat or additional electronics. Is there a way to change alternators or add one to allow for extras on the bike? I was reading something about a new bike (Yamaha Royal Star Venture) with 2 alternators???
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From what I can determine the alternator on the C50 outputs 375 watts at 5600rmp. I was able to add a heated jacket liner, two 35w auxiliary driving lights, GPS and a CB radio to a Honda Goldwing GL1100 that had a 300w alternator capacity without any difficulty. However, I could not use the auxiliary lights at the same time as the heated jacket liner. It was one or the other. GPS is really a small electrical load. The jacket liner runs somewhere around 35w-50w depending. Its usually not at maximum output when you are riding. You will have to find what the stock load is on the C50, deduct the heated vest to find out what you can add. Do not exceed 375w total. Actually, I would leave somewhere between 10 and 15w as a reserve. Also I've found that if you have a good set of winter gear that eliminates air leaks you hardly need a heated seat or grips in addition to the heated vest.
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No. You cannot increase the electrical output of the bike. If you need a touring bike with all the creature comforts, you're going to have to buy a touring bike with sufficient generation to power them
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