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    12V outlet wiring

    Hello,

    Has anyone ever wired a 12V outlet plug to the Speedy? I'd like to run a GPS from the handlebars but it's 12V powered, is there a way to wire an outlet plug on the Speedy? Any help or info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    Rob

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    Re: 12V outlet wiring

    i have done that to various bikes, but not to speedy.

    in speedy it would be easy, as the battery is below the seat. just wire it straight from the battery, just put some inline fuse close to the battery(+side wire) so you don't burn up the bike.

    if you want it to stop giving power when the bikes ignition is turned off, you could use rear lamps wire and some relay to connect the power only when the rear lamp is on, because it's on when the bike is on.

    12volt outlet is great also for mobile phone charger during trips.

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    Re: 12V outlet wiring

    I just re-did my GPS wiring yesterday.

    The first version, which involved a BMW power socket, had the (+) wire going from a ring on the (+)-terminal screw to a fuse (rated no higher than the 1A the GPS needed) t the socket's (+) post. Ground went from the socket's (-) post to a ring, which I secured using the screw holding the underseat tray in place (just aft of the battery, anchors into the rear frame). If you'd prefer, the four threaded holes near the seat latch mechanism also tested out great as ground. They take an M8-1.25 bolt -- about $0.50 each at Lowe's/Depot.

    The GPS power cable runs with other handlebar cables under the front of the bars/triple tree, then under the right side of the tank to under the seat, where it ends in a BMW power plug. It came with an inline fuse (1A) -- Garmin Zumo.

    If you want, you can wire some form of switch between the battery's (+) and the socket. Or you can wire it up to a relay, and have the relay close that circuit by tapping into the taillight wiring. If/when I re-do it yet again, the relay is the plan.

    (I can take some pics if what I wrote was an unclear as it usually is.)
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    Re: 12V outlet wiring

    Thanks folks! I really appreciated the information and detailed responses! Sounds pretty straight forward, I assumed wiring it direct to the battery, but thought about tapping into the front of the bike to get it switched off, didn't think of the taillight. I'll prob do this.

    SleepyDog, was the BMW socket from a bike? If so, what was the cost and part number if you have it handy. And if I could trouble you for pics, that would help with the wiring routing. Did you have to remove the tank?

    Thanks again SleepyDog and Jaket, I'd like to charge both my GPS (cheapo Nuvi 200 unit) and my phone and ipod occasionally.

    Take care,

    Rob

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    Re: 12V outlet wiring

    BMW Plug and Socket from Aerostich.com. The socket is made for a panel installation and doesn't come with a housing; I just soldered my wires, shrink-wrap over the (+) lead (two layers, 'cause that's how I roll), then wrapped some electrical tape around the bitch.

    I just tucked the power cable between the tank and frame, using a plastic ruler and elbow grease to get it under that rubber pad thing near the front of the tank. To my knowledge, there's nothing OMG hot around there, so I'm not worried about frying the wires. But yeah, you could remove the front bolt and pivot the tank up a little, I guess (assuming there's a pivot ability there -- never had my tank off). If you do pull the tank, others have warned to be careful of crimping/kinking the lines when you reinstall.

    I can take some shots tonight. And some photos, too.
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    Re: 12V outlet wiring

    This would make a kick ass sticky thread as a detailed write up with pix!!! Just keeps making this site all the more valuable as a great resource for us.

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    Re: 12V outlet wiring

    Quote Originally Posted by dblhelx
    This would make a kick ass sticky thread as a detailed write up with pix!!! Just keeps making this site all the more valuable as a great resource for us.
    Wow dblhelx, no ass kicking today? You alright over there

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    Re: 12V outlet wiring

    I recommend against using the tail light or the running lights to power much of anything. Even if you replace that fuse with a bigger one you're overloading the circuit to some extent.

    Best practice for all of these accessories is to buy a driving light solenoid and wire it to the taillight. So basically the solenoid is wired directly to the battery through a heavy fuse and energizes your accessories. You use a (very small electrical draw) connection from your taillight as an exciter wire for the solenoid. When your key is on you get a heavy duty connection to the battery. When the key is off all your accessories are off.

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    Re: 12V outlet wiring

    All sorts of good stuff.

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    Re: 12V outlet wiring

    Quote Originally Posted by Crashmasterd
    I recommend against using the tail light or the running lights to power much of anything. Even if you replace that fuse with a bigger one you're overloading the circuit to some extent.

    Best practice for all of these accessories is to buy a driving light solenoid and wire it to the taillight. So basically the solenoid is wired directly to the battery through a heavy fuse and energizes your accessories. You use a (very small electrical draw) connection from your taillight as an exciter wire for the solenoid. When your key is on you get a heavy duty connection to the battery. When the key is off all your accessories are off.

    Someday I'll post pictures of my setup for my heated grips and jacket that's more or less exactly like this, but switched as well.
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