Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Newark, DE, USA
what me worry
What makes you worry? I always thought amp lack was strictly a Japanese bike phenomenon. Other than ante farklemania airheads, I have not heard of watt starvation on BMWs. And all my beemerphiliac friends turn their Gerbings on high soon as it dips below 50, run their GPS, iPod, satellite radidio, Hellas, PIAAs, and every other kind of farkle as fast as they can buy them. Still never run out of juice.
For example: I have a 2007 Kawasucky KLR650 rated at a puny 180 watts. By the time you fire the engine and headlight, you got nuttin. Especially since that puny 180 is measured at just above redline. Horsepower and amps both are often rated at impossible spin on metrics. They like to inflate the numbers. I installed a volt meter on this bike and I can tell you that no more than heated grips and you are already at deficit sitting at a stop light. Bright headlights and heated grips together and you'd better be under way with your revs up. KLRistas install a second battery to run a heated vest, and charge that battery overnight in the garage.
Had a GL1200 same way. Rated a mere 340 watts even though lit up like a Christmas tree. Have a friend who distance tours with his wife aboard a GL1500 had to install a 500 watt alternator because the OEM would not fire their Gerbings.
By contrast, my K75 pumps an ample 460 watts. Don't know the RPMs at which it achieves that, but I bet they are in ordinary operating range, rather than the improbable stratosphere. I have a 2003 R1200CLC in the garage puts out a whopping 840 watts at a mere 3000 RPM. You could light a minor league ballpark with that and still have room for the pop corn popper, and all at a relaxed cruising RPM.
So I am curious what makes you worry? I am new to bricks and maybe I haven't heard the scoop. Have you slapped on a cheap volt meter to see what she reads?
Unmitigated risk aversion is the new Puritanism, complete with witch hunts, funny outfits, and solemn preachers thundering doom. The name of God is changed to Safety; the name of Satan is changed to Lawyer; but the object remains the same: to suck all the life out of life and make you live on the husk.