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Question Gerbings battery harness

I am finally getting around to installing the battery harness for my Gerbings jacket. (Heated seat, heated grips, and real fairing does reduce the need for heated gear.) I know I can plug into outlet, but on other bikes I have been able to find a convenient location for the harness plug and it is neater than the coiled line going all the way down to the outlet. So, how have you routed yours? Pics?

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Mine is right up on the fork bridge facing down so water doesn't collect in it. I also added two additional powerlet outlets down by the stock one so my wife has a place to plug in. I also use one to hook my charger into.

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I used the harness sticking out from under the battery cover until I wired an additional outlet direct to the battery through a fuse block that is switched from the parking light circuit, so the outlet is turned off with the key.

I may be adding an additional outlet on the top side of my left fairing panel next to my motolight switch so the wire will not get tangled as it is very near my leg. BMW should have put accessory outlets up high. I guess they thought that the outlet would only be used for battery charger/maintainers..

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I use Warm and Safe gear, with a single semi-mounted heat-troller controller. When they are not needed, I keep them tucked neatly under the battery cover, ready for use.

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Controller: http://www.12voltclothing.com/Heat_t..._Controls.html

I use dual-loc to attach the heat-troller controller to the clutch reservoir. The jacket liner cable snakes out from under the battery cover on the left side at the point closest to the rider. If you look carefully, you will see a small notch in the battery cover at that point. The notch is just wide enough to accommodate the wire. It bends a little when the battery cover is fully seated, but not enough to be a problem. Very convenient.

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I keep them tucked neatly under the battery cover, ready for use.
If you remember to pull the plug out before it gets cold, that is.

I also use a Warm & Safe semi-mount HeatTroller velcroed to the clutch reservoir. Mine is a dual version, with both plugs coming out in front of the rider's seat. That easily reaches my jacket cord and I can add pants when it gets really cold (like under 50 ).

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Warm & Safe permanent mount with the connector coming up between the front of the seat and the tank panel. When not in use the cord stores under the seat.
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If you remember to pull the plug out before it gets cold, that is.
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Thanks for the input. (and Happy Holidays to all )

I ended up with a temporary solution: Connected the harness to a fuze block that is on top of the battery, ran the wire forward, then up in front of the cover piece and back. It will just reach the wire from the controller which I velcro to my leg. I'll see how often I use it before I take a dremel to the cover to come directly back, like XMagnaRider.

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Thanks for the input. (and Happy Holidays to all )

I ended up with a temporary solution: Connected the harness to a fuze block that is on top of the battery, ran the wire forward, then up in front of the cover piece and back. It will just reach the wire from the controller which I velcro to my leg. I'll see how often I use it before I take a dremel to the cover to come directly back, like XMagnaRider.
I didn't use a dremel or any other tools. The notch is already in the battery cover. Look carefully.
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I didn't use a dremel or any other tools. The notch is already in the battery cover. Look carefully.
NOW I understand you. I misread your original post about a notch as in "I cut a notch and used it" instead of "there is a notch" as you wrote.

Works nice and it is cleaner than a cord coming back from the front edge of the cover.

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