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Brought my K12GT to the dealer wednesday for 4 month of "professional winter storage". Did the trip (100 miles) in snow and temp below zero (celsius). I live in Denmark.

Heated grips and seat are very very nice features under such circumstances.

Now I will look forward to March where the weather again is suitable for motorcycle riding. Geee - I wish I lived in a country with better weather (and curvy roads).

Have fun during winter you lucky guys than can actually ride !!!

NB: thanks to those who recommended me to drive route 178 to Sedona during my trip to Phoenix for 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately I lost all my old mails during the shift of web-address so I missed who it was ?

It was a blast ! - unfortunately I could not find a BMW so I rented a big Harley. What a piece of crap - sorry if I offended some americans ;-(

/Michael
 

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Last year in Tennessee I managed to ride every week at least once to work on my GT, So far I have ridden every day except for three in the last two months. Going in tonight it will be almost 55 fahrenheit. when I leave and 30 fahrenheit. or so when I return. Coldest I have ridden is 17 fht. or -8 C. the grips and seat were nice then. We don't get much of any snow and a little freezing rain here in the winter so riding year round is doable. I have put 30,000 miles on the bikes in the last two years just going to and from work mostly. I used to live in Michigan's upper peninsula where we had 9 months of winter and 3 months of bad sledding so this is great here. Don
 

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to bad you gotta park your bike for the winter. i live in PA and it gets plenty cold dec -mar with a fair share of freezing temperatures, snow and ice. i never winterize my RS completely because there's always those couple of days when it gets up into the 40's & 50's, which is warm enough for me to ride. i do put fuel stabilizer in the tank and water absorb just to be on the safe side. the longest i've gone without riding is 3 weeks but thats about the longest. take and ride safe when the warm weather returns.
 

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Very mild here in Victoria, seldom gets below freezing, usually around 8 deg C this time of year. Year round riding *and* curvy roads...but not too many places other then the Northern part of the Island where you can really let the bike "stretch it's legs". Have to go to the Mainland to do that. Tons of room there. You could fit WA, OR, CA and Idaho in BC. Cheers.
 

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This is my first winter with the Mighty K12 and it has been into the 20's here in VA. Plugging in my Widder vest and gloves, the vest seems marginal and the gloves inop. They worked like a champ at the end of last season with my R-RT. The gloves shouldn't be kaput. Is it possible that this acc socket delivers less current than the one on the RT? Any suggestions?
 

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ratemut said:
Brought my K12GT to the dealer wednesday for 4 month of "professional winter storage". Did the trip (100 miles) in snow and temp below zero (celsius). I live in Denmark. Have fun during winter you lucky guys than can actually ride!!!

Michael
So sorry Michael, but I don't understand what you mean by "professional winter storage" or why you're saying goodbye to the "season." Winter in Florida offers absolutely perfect riding weather, and so is not even noticed when it arrives!

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This is my first winter with the Mighty K12 and it has been into the 20's here in VA. Plugging in my Widder vest and gloves, the vest seems marginal and the gloves inop. They worked like a champ at the end of last season with my R-RT. The gloves shouldn't be kaput. Is it possible that this acc socket delivers less current than the one on the RT? Any suggestions?
Electrical devices will draw the current they need. If the circuit can't supply enough current, theoretically, the fuse will blow to protect the circuit. Throw theories out the door and other parts of the circuit will have to make up for the poor design....i.e. wires overheat, other components blow, etc. This is why it is so important to match wire sizing to current load, etc.

So, I would test your vest and gloves immediately. Either plug them into your car, take them to a friend or dealer, etc so that you can test them on another circuit AND/OR contact Widder and ask them for some troubleshooting tips that include the proper resistances of their internal wiring (most likely smaller than the circuits wires on the bike).

It may simply be the case of bad gloves. They could have had a problem last season that caused internal overheating and/or arcing. When they sat for the off-season, they could have coroded enough that they now resist current flow to allow them to heat up. Same with your "marginal" vest.

Good luck!

Randy
 

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beemer1 said:
This is my first winter with the Mighty K12 and it has been into the 20's here in VA. Plugging in my Widder vest and gloves, the vest seems marginal and the gloves inop. They worked like a champ at the end of last season with my R-RT. The gloves shouldn't be kaput. Is it possible that this acc socket delivers less current than the one on the RT? Any suggestions?
I've had a pair of Widder gloves and a vest for over five years. A couple of years ago I sent the gloves back to Widder because they would burn the back of my hands. They took care of the problem for no charge. Call them.
 

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K_Biker_Bill said:
So sorry Michael, but I don't understand what you mean by "professional winter storage" or why you're saying goodbye to the "season." Winter in Florida offers absolutely perfect riding weather, and so is not even noticed when it arrives!

Bill
My BMW dealer has a special service where they for a small charge take care of my bike during the 4 months of winter. I translated that into "professional winter storage". Maybe a bad translation - english is not my first language ;-)

Florida sounds nice, but Denmark is more like Canada during winter which make driving impossible.

Have fun

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Michael,

Your English is fine...he was just giving you a hard time!

Florida has great riding weather this time of the year.....the summer can be unbearable with the heat and humidty. There are always trade-offs. Even though Florida doesn't have the mountains and great twisites, there are still some nice places to ride and a lot of good places to eat!

Randy
 

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Well,
spend this last week at the Frozen Toronto and Montreal. The first snow of the year. While at Montreal, it was -10C and blowing snow and cars going all in the ditch because they have not put their snow tires on yet. The riding season is definately over!
Well, flew home back to the west coast, (Vancouver)..today temperature is 10 C and sunny (party cloudy)..can't wait to get and do some twisty today...just need to avoid downtown, as all the crazy gray-cuppers are partying!

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