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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 2010, 11:20 pm Thread Starter
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electrical outlet for heated gear

I just picked up my first BMW and I am beside myself. I have always wanted one, so I went and bought myself a beautiful 2006 K 1200s with 14,000 miles on the clock. I have a couple of questions. first, is the brake fluid supposed to be red. I just came off jap bikes and I am used to brake fluid being more honey colored. second, I was told that the outlet on the case can handle 5amps, but my gerbing jacket pulls 6. can I directly wire that outlet to the battery with no adverse effects. I was wearing heated gloves, but with these grips i dont think i will need them. so I am looking forward to putting many miles on this bike, since the bike I came off of had 99,000. a 1995 suzuki RF900. not too many of those have seen that kind of mileage. I am hoping to do the same on the K12.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 2010, 8:35 am
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I have a GT, not an S, but I'm guessing the accessory plug area would be the same. There should be a knockout next to the existing outlet for you to have the ability to install a second outlet. The dealers have those things in stock, and most of us have wired a second outlet with an inline fuse, direct to the battery. Works great.
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Dark Tea color on the brake fluid you should change and flush the brake systmem. Don't forget that if you have an ABS bike there is both the control and wheel circut. They have different change intervals.
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Do yourself a favor and purchase a Powerlet canbus bypass harness. It basically is a harness that connects the accessory terminal directly to the battery thus eliminating the canbus 5amp limit. It's a pretty straightforward install and is a great upgrade to be doing while its too cold to be riding around anyway. Congrats on your new wheels!

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Gerbing sells a battery connection (wire with round connectors for the battery) that has a 30 amp fuse and a mating connector for your jacket. During the cold season here, I have it draped around the back of the seat unless I'm plugged in. It's gotten to the point where I don't even have the on-off switch or the controler. On the rare occasions where I either need no more heat or need it connected, I just use the plug. No fussing with any can-bus adaptor. During the warm season, the cord is coiled up under the seat, out of the way.

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