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Old 11-17-2012, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking of upgrading from my electric vest with collar that draws 52 watts to a Firstgear 65 Watt or 90 watt Heated Jacket Liner. I do have electric gloves that draw 30 watts for the pair.
My question is will the 08 C50T handle the 90 Watt liner with the 30 watt gloves, or do I have to use the 65 watt liner?

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I run Gerbings heated gloves, jacket, pants, and shoe liners. I replaced all my turn signals with smaller lights that do not have running light options, my lightbar bulbs are switched out to LED (just for the look), and the headlight is an HID unit. I have no charging problems with this setup.
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Rich, I can't contribute to the knowledge pool about the C50T's ability to handle the load, but I *can* tell you that the FirstGear 90-watt heated jacket liner is da bomb. I love mine.

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if you are currently running a lite bar, i Would suggest to just turn off the lamps when using the liner...just to be on the safe side...nd always make sure to carry extra fuses just in case...remember when i first started riding w/ my heated gloves several times I did blow the seperate fuse that hooked up to the battery. Haven't had the problem for years but nothhing worse than riding with heated gloves that aren't put out heat.
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That's why my heated gear is running directly to the battery with it's own fuse separate from the bike.
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Rich, I can't contribute to the knowledge pool about the C50T's ability to handle the load, but I *can* tell you that the FirstGear 90-watt heated jacket liner is da bomb. I love mine.

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I sure would like to get one Chris but I am beginning to doubt the bike will handle my gloves and the liner.

I keep hoping to hear from someone with a C50 that is running both.
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2005 C50T here, guess I should have mentioned that.
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2005 C50T here, guess I should have mentioned that.

Furbird,

That is a bit more encouraging.

I would like to install LED lighting but that gets expensive and I would have to change the directional flasher which will add more expense.

If I got the 65 Watt liner, I would be adding only 13 watts. Maybe I could get away with that?

My 52 watt vest can put out much more heat than I can ever use, so the 65 Watt liner should be enough.
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The bike only produces 325 watts of electricity @ 5500 rpm. Less at idle. The fuel pump, lights sensors and controls draw somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 watts of electricity, just to run the bike. You have a budget of ~100 watts to work with.

It does not matter if you power the gear off of the battery OR off of the charging system. If you overload the system with too much demand, you WILL be powering PART of your components off of the battery. Which means, the battery ceases to charge and when it runs dry, you are left stranded where you are..... Budget your accessory demands accordingly, unless you have AAA and a really good cell phone.

There is nothing you can do to boost the output of the stator, either.
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The bike only produces 325 watts of electricity @ 5500 rpm. Less at idle. The fuel pump, lights sensors and controls draw somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 watts of electricity, just to run the bike. You have a budget of ~100 watts to work with.

It does not matter if you power the gear off of the battery OR off of the charging system. If you overload the system with too much demand, you WILL be powering PART of your components off of the battery. Which means, the battery ceases to charge and when it runs dry, you are left stranded where you are..... Budget your accessory demands accordingly, unless you have AAA and a really good cell phone.

There is nothing you can do to boost the output of the stator, either.

Skrapiron,

Thank you very much for the great information on the C50T's charging system.

I guess if I want the heated jacket liner, I will have to replace some of the bikes lighting with LEDs.
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