Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
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as easy as any other bike...
theres plenty of capacity in the alternator sufficient to run heated clothing (I think the alternator is capable of generating around 330 watts, but I can't remember what the spare capacity is mind you, ie the amount available less whats required by the bike to run, show lights and recharge the battery and so on ). at the back of my mind I have a slight suspicion that the available power is about 200 watts... however I don't remember where that comes from and can't find any 'proof' that figure is correct - so DO NO rely on it.
most GPS's (and other electronic devices.. with the exception of transceivers) take minimal current so they shouldn't be a problem, its things like additional lighting and heated clothing that could draw to much current. I know you can run heated jackets and trousers and heated grips OR riding/fog lights, however running all depending on how much power they consume could be a problem. one thing to bear in mind is if you are running the electrical system at or near full capacity componenets will be running hotter and some Versys's have had problems with the rectifier connections leading to failure and for those in warranty a new wiring harness and a significant workshop delay.
fitting the electrical stuff could be an issue depending on how adept or scared you are at electrics. its relatively trivial stuff assuming you can find the parts (all you really need is some electrical cable, a standard 4 pin auto relay and so on). if you don't want to source your own parts you can get a handy 3 fused relay assembly from "Eastern Beaver" thats a breeze to fit.
If you are short of connections you could consider wiring the GPS into the headlight or even side/running light... but don't put any high draw devices on that connection.