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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-30-2016, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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a CHILLY AZ ride...

I took my "usual passenger" on a 252 mile ride yesterday, me wearing my Tourmaster heated jacket-liner, she wearing a polar-fleece sweater under her jacket (even tho' I had offered my heated jacket-liner to her), along w/ winter gloves w/ glove liners for both of us. We started from Oracle (around 1,800' ASL), then thru Globe N to AZ 288, then up it about 15 miles to a good place (USUALLY...) for lunch at around 4,500' ASL. From the start the air was "crisp", but as we got higher it got CRISPER, and the snow level was quite noticeable as we rode N (and higher!).

Got to the turn-off to the lunch spot, a dirt/gravel road, but there'd been either rain or snow, and I could see and FEEL evidence that the road was 'soft', so rode carefully till a turn where it was obviously MORE mud than gravel, where I pulled off onto the higher side, turned the bike around leaving it running, and told her to remove her jacket.... I removed mine, then gave her the heated jacket-liner to put on, plugged it into the bike and turned it to MAX.



The smile on her face tells the 'whole story', her hands pulled back into the arms to enjoy the heat! After 5 minutes or so, I turned the bike off, we got back into our own gear, had a sandwhich, then I rode back UP (solo - standing on the 'pegs!) to the pavement, then came back to escort her up. Here's a pic of the mountain E of us showing the snow-level better.



At the end of a further hour and a half we arrived back at 'civilization', and into a heated home!

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Sounds familiar, I was only able to coax my wife on board my RT because it had a heated passenger seat.
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Sure HOPE my passenger doesn't see your post, Stud Muffin...!


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Nice.

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Polaris Regulator Watts to Spare

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Sure HOPE my passenger doesn't see your post, Stud Muffin...!

Hey Eddie, with that Polaris Regulator, electrons to spare, you could run a second heated jacket, mind you at idle you may go red, anything above 2500 RPM should be OK.

May need to show the wife the picture, wait, I like riding solo

That heated seat sounds good, anyone got some links where we can buy one. Could always get one of those seat warmers for the car, the 120 VAC kind and a long cord! Ok I know they make 12 volt kind, just stringing along here.****I use the non electric version, Lifa LJ and Lifa top.

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Hey Eddie, with that Polaris Regulator, electrons to spare, you could run a second heated jacket, mind you at idle you may go red, anything above 2500 RPM should be OK....
As my passenger is a friend of my wife - I already suggested SHE (or her hubby) buy one along w/ the "Y-connector" wire to run BOTH at the same time.

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As my passenger is a friend of my wife - I already suggested SHE (or her hubby) buy one along w/ the "Y-connector" wire to run BOTH at the same time.
My Gerbing jacket has a 8 amp fuse, my understanding is peak current can reach 8 amp, but only for seconds, normal max continuous is about 6 amp, with a Y connector, you may run into controller problems and could also end up both being cold when the fuse blows. I have my coax outlet fused with the original fuse supplied by the controller, just in case my jacket wants to mirror the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. I would suggest installing a separate fused outlet , possibly just in front of the grab handles. That way the passenger can plug in there, I like the coax outlet, as I don't even care if I am plugged in or not, pulls out real easy, when I forget.
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My Gerbing jacket has a 8 amp fuse, my understanding is peak current can reach 8 amp, but only for seconds, normal max continuous is about 6 amp, with a Y connector, you may run into controller problems and could also end up both being cold when the fuse blows. I have my coax outlet fused with the original fuse supplied by the controller, just in case my jacket wants to mirror the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. I would suggest installing a separate fused outlet , possibly just in front of the grab handles. That way the passenger can plug in there, I like the coax outlet, as I don't even care if I am plugged in or not, pulls out real easy, when I forget.
Tnx for the 'heads-up'. I TOO have forgotten to disconnect as I got off.... Thus, my "warning" -




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