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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 18th, 2012, 7:57 am Thread Starter
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First Gear Heated Gear

Well, with winter coming on, I'm seriously considering heated gear for the first time in my motorcycling life.

Does anyone have any experience with this:

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First Gear Heated Jackets

Doug - I recently bought a 2008 K1200 GT and froze my tail riding it home from Kentucky to California during the first week of winter storms in October. I just bought a Firstgear jacket liner and heated gloves, with a dual heat-troller and an adaptor plug for the side power outlet in the K1200. I have had the liner and gloves since Christmas and have tried to use them a couple of times. Each time I have had a loss of power from the outlet on the bike to the heat-troller unit within a couple of minutes of operation. I contacted FirstGear and they inform me that as of a month ago, it has become clear the BMW outlet cannot handle the power draw. They recommend using the hardwire harness directly from the battery. I am going to try that next and will post any results. It is really a pain that the power port on the bike does not do what it should. The couple of times I have gotten heat into the jacket or gloves, it feels great.

Hope others will post their experience and advice!
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Originally Posted by dwsdad
Well, with winter coming on, I'm seriously considering heated gear for the first time in my motorcycling life.

Does anyone have any experience with this:
I have the First Gear/ Warn n Safe 90w jacket and 15w/per gloves. Yes, the std bmw outlet does not flow enuf juice and has a 10a fuse. No problem, just add another BMW style socket (my bike had a cut out for another socket next to the OEM one. Wire it directly to the battery with an in line 15-20amp fuse. Taken many cold trips and gear worked fine. Never had the jacket over half throttle on heat troller (duel controller for jacket and gloves-separate controls) -very hot, same for gloves. On one trip the rain was torrential and didn't have gloves tucked into sleeve. Inside of glove got WET-but heat never stopped. Dried it overnite and nary a problem. Oh, nice thing about their heat troller is that it cycles heat on and off to keep you at setting you set. Therefore it is not alway drawiing max watts.

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