Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Walnut Creek, CA, USA
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!