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The 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.
 

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Everyone here whines about the output yet nobody on the forum has ever had problems running heated gear with GPS, etc.
 

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Everyone here whines about the output yet nobody on the forum has ever had problems running heated gear with GPS, etc.
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.

Relaying a problem is not the same as whining. I luv the new Kaw. It has an awful lot right with it and I'll likely buy one. Regardless, in this respect it seems to be woefully inadequate compared to its peers. And the fact that all of these "journalists" have so little experience with motorcycles that they gloss over it is a bit maddening.

Overlooking problems because you spent your money on the product is however a condition known as Fanboyosis. For best results, consult your local consumer protection agency. :D
 

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I regularly plug in my heated jacket, gloves, gps, gopro no problems at all. I can't think of much more anyone would need to use at the same time.
I also run auxiliary led driving lights all the time.
 

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The 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.
I run Tourmaster heated jacket liner (and SOMETIMES, but not OFTEN) and pants-liner, as well as these extra lights





a GPS that's always ON on my '08 and '09 650Vs. SO FAR - NO problems electrically...!
 

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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...!
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?"

It would be interesting to learn the locations of the bikes that have the alternator failures. If they were all in hot climates, that might be another cloo.
 
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