Now that winter (or what passes for it in Northern California) is approaching, it's time to think about the electric jacket. One pet peeve I have is the controller- I hate
the dangling wires and large controller block that always seem to get caught on something as you are getting on or off the bike. Fortunately, Gerbing makes this:
I wasn't too sure about the length of the wires, but it turns out that you have just about the right amount of wire to make the connection to the battery and place the socket underneath the fron seat:
You need to remove the large left panel and the smaller panel beneath the gas tank (sorry, no pics), but once you have those off, it's easy to run the wires. The wire for the controller exits in front of the battery.
For the controller location, I looked all around the cockpit for a suitable place to mount. I didn't really want to cut a hole in a large panel in case I changed my mind about the whole concept, but as you have probably noticed, all
the panels on the GT are pretty large. Looking around the shop, I found a small plastic box left over from another project. I placed the controller in the box, and then used super double stick to mount it to the underside of the GPS mount (which is a cover if you don't have the GPS on your bike)
It turns out this is quite easy to reach when you are on the go and the light is just visible enough that hopefully you won't leave it on when you leave the bike (since it's not switched).
I'm very happy with the results. There are no wires to flop around at speed, the controller is practically invisible, and I can just grab my heated liner and go without thinking about all those connections. Now bring on winter!