There are also a number of threads about alternators going bad at low miles on these machines. And don't plug your heated gear into the outlet Kaw provides or at best it will pop your fuse.Everyone here whines about the output yet nobody on the forum has ever had problems running heated gear with GPS, etc.
I run Tourmaster heated jacket liner (and SOMETIMES, but not OFTEN) and pants-liner, as well as these extra lightsThe 40W optional power outlet shown in their pic makes me wonder more about the capability of the alternator. Hell, a single heated jacket can draw 90W. Me thinks the electrics on the purdy new Kaw may be the weak link. I can't believe that none of the "motojournalists" investigates this a little further. Electric capacity is a serious consideration for many people who use their bikes for more than a sunny afternoon trip to Starbucks. This is supposed to be a serious sport touring machine. I don't give a damn about fuel mapping modes, I want to know if I'm going smoke an alternator prematurely because I use it.
Hopefully those LEDs aren't drawing much. I've seen sufficient evidence on this forum that the electrical system is capable of sourcing enough juice. My question is "does Kaw know something about the ambient heat it's subjected to to spec the output ratings so low so as not to add too much heat in the form of copper winding losses et al to cause premature failure?"I run Tourmaster heated jacket liner (and SOMETIMES, but not OFTEN) and pants-liner, as well as these extra lights[/URL]
a GPS that's always ON on my '08 and '09 650Vs. SO FAR - NO problems electrically...!