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post #1 of 18 Old 11-04-2007, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Heated Motorcycle Jackets

This is my first winter in Washington DC. The winters here don't get super cold...but cold enough. I ride everyday, and as the weather is getting colder, I am getting colder.

I was researching Gerbing (spelling) heated jackets/jacket liners. As I said, I am an every day rider and am looking for a way to keep warm during the winter. These look like a good idea...or are they just hype?

Have any of you used these? Or have any other suggestions on a heated jacket/liner.

Thanks in advance for your responses.

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post #2 of 18 Old 11-04-2007, 08:14 PM
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Never heard of it but it sounds like an interesting idea.

The cold weather system I use is as follows:

T-shirt, wool sweater, non perforated jacket.

Works to about 1 hour @ 5 degrees

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i think there is somthing like that,or a whole heated suit,saw a guy on a goldwing with somthing like that,i think it was pluged into the bike

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I have their heated gloves and they are the real deal. Nice warm hands. I highly recommend them. I was worried about being plugged into my bike, but it hasn't been a problem.

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I have their heated gloves and they are the real deal. Nice warm hands. I highly recommend them. I was worried about being plugged into my bike, but it hasn't been a problem.
how do you plug them in?

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You might get some ideas from webbikeworld.com.

From the menu of links along the left-hand margin, choose "Clothing".

About a third of the way down the "Clothing" page is a collection of reviews for "Heated and Insulated Clothing".

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You might get some ideas from webbikeworld.com.

From the menu of links along the left-hand margin, choose "Clothing".

About a third of the way down the "Clothing" page is a collection of reviews for "Heated and Insulated Clothing".
So after reading this it stated that bikes with less than 250watt output from there alternator's didn't have good results, Does anyone know approximately the 9'ers output??

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post #8 of 18 Old 11-05-2007, 06:14 AM
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Geeze, I can see from the replies so far that there isn't a lot of touring going on in the ranks of WT

Yes electric clothing is a good idea. I have a heated vest with sleeves that zip on and off and I would never take any bike trip without it again. I took the liner out of my jacket and this takes it's place. I have the kanetsu vest from Riderwarehouse/Aerostich and it is a fleece vest with an electric liner. You just need to connect a harness to your battery and the vest has a cord with a switch on it. Plug it in, click the switch and in about 3 minutes the vest is pumping out 100 degrees of heat.

I use it all the time, and without it on a trip to Maine in 06 I would have frozen to death. After 10 days of constant rain with temps from 40 to 55 degrees it was a life saver.

Gerbing makes some good stuff as well. If you really want to know about electric stuff go to www.sport-touring.net and read up.

Also if you want to know your bikes wattage output, it's in the manual. Most modern bikes have plenty of power for a vest/jacket and pants or boots. The electric clothing should also list the power draw so you can figure out how much power you will be using.

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I use a Widder electric vest, sleeves and gloves. I made a custom plate above my gages that houses a Powerlet outlet and Acuumen gear shift indicator.
The Powerlet is fused at something like 2.5A and hasn't blown yet, so current draw shouldn't be a problem.
It's like wearing an electric blanket under your jacket. Awsome!

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I just have a piece of sheetmetal under the drivers seat that shorts out on the battery every once in a while and heats up... keeps me toasty.

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FirstGear has a new line of heated gear out for 2008. Maybe worth checking into as an alternative to Gerbing.

Firstgear website

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FirstGear has a new line of heated gear out for 2008. Maybe worth checking into as an alternative to Gerbing.

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very cool thanks! Doesn't someone one here sale Firstgear stuff??

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I'm definately on the prowl for a pair of Gerbings gloves.

The new Teknic Cyclone jacket I got is keeping my core nice and toasty, although the coldest commute so far this year has only been 38. One way, all freeway, 75mph, 20 miles. It'll be interesting to see how I hold up around 30 or below.

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I just have a piece of sheetmetal under the drivers seat that shorts out on the battery every once in a while and heats up... keeps me toasty.

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very cool thanks! Doesn't someone one here sale Firstgear stuff??
i might be mistakin,but i think jet had somthin to do with fieldshear,if thats what your thinkin

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FirstGear has a new line of heated gear out for 2008. Maybe worth checking into as an alternative to Gerbing.

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My awesome CE padded leathers are First Gear so I had high expectations from their heated jacket. But their heated jacket isn't safely padded. Do folks only fall in summer?

I'm getting a heated vest to wear inside my CE jacket. The FG gloves look nice.

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I've got heated grip wraps from Aerostich and hippohands. With the lined jacket and pants (unheated) I'm good to about 25deg F.

With a new job, my commute is longer this year, so I'm not sure that year round riding will continue this year!

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McDonald asked about plugging in. My K bike had 2 sockets from the factory. I'm sure the Gold W. does too. Most others will have to get the adapter from a bike sourse and tie in to the battery like a trickle charger adapter, so you dont have to take covers or seats off to hook and un-hook. If you block the wind a little heat goes a long way.

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McDonald asked about plugging in. Most others will have to get the adapter from a bike sourse and tie in to the battery like a trickle charger adapter, so you dont have to take covers or seats off to hook and un-hook.
Yup, the gloves come with a battery harness, then you can plug in and out at will.
Here's a link: http://www.gerbing.com/acc/accprod.html#batharness

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