Took the time to read a lot of the installs and advice on here regarding power outlets, here is my experience:
1. Took the left side fairing off, thinking that a) I could install a power outlet like Cap'n Kirk
and b) use the OEM harness plug like 2daMax
. However, I had a different sensor set up on my '09 - it was larger and took up most of the space where Cap'n Kirk put his outlet and I could not find any extra OEM harness wires anywhere.
For now, I did not want to cut a hole in the dash or fairings, so I went for an install under the seat.
I used the weatherproof outlet from O-Reilly's. Rather than mount the outlet permanently under the seat, I left about 5 feet of wiring so I would have options to move the plug into my tank bag or put it sidebags if I get any later on...
Basic details - wired hot to the battery, put in an in-line fuse AND an in-line on/off switch (SPST) with an LED light. The reason for this was I wanted to be able control power to the outlet. Also, I wanted to be able to use this outlet in the winter time for a battery minder, so direct wiring made more sense.
Here is a picture where you can see the wiring off the battery, the inline fuse holder (upper right corner) the switch (installed in an oblong OEM hole in the frame cross member - I had to slightly widen the hole with a dremel), the ground for the switch LED light and the power outlet (obscured by the U-lock strap, but there is an OEM bolt under there that provides a good ground) and the entire wiring and the socket securely fastened under the u-lock strap:
I need to come up with a better way to keep the extra wiring in check. The zip ties work well until I need extra length...
For my cell phone, I can either plug it in and throw it under the seat (phone and GPS worked fine charging up under the seat of my buddy's Ulysses yesterday), or I can plug in a longer cord and snake the wiring up the front of the seat to the tank bag:
I'll probably go a more permanent route in the future, but at least I can keep my cellphone (and GPS/Music) charged on rides