vatrader. Tell me more about this heated jacket liner. How does it work?
I have a setup similar to this that supplies the power to the heated gear:
The pig tail that connects to the battery stays on my bikes, and I have an adapter that connects a cigarette lighter type power outlet to be powered off the pigtail, as well as a battery tender attachment point.
There are getting to be a number of suppliers of heated liners out there. All seem to be worthy of consideration. My only experience is with Gerbing's.
Most jacket liners are lightweight, similar to a sweatshirt, bulk wise, allowing them to fit comfortably under most riding coats and jackets. I wear little between the heated liner and myself. A light turtleneck, or button down shirt is about all. The objective is to keep the liner close to you and snug. I usually wear a fleece with wind blocker over it.
The gloves will plug into connectors at the ends of my jacket liner sleeves, or I have a harness that runs a line from the controller to each glove.
My jacket liner sucks up about 75 watts when cranked up full blast. The gloves eat up about 35 watts cranked up. I rarely run the jacket liner much over half throttle, and the gloves might get torqued up full blast for a short bit before my hands begin to melt. I am cold blooded. 70 is a nice round comfortable number when discussing cooler weather.
Your bike will more than handle 100 watt draw to power heated gear. I turn my heated gear thermostat down in town or when at lower RPM's to keep from drawing the battery down too far. Typically, I shut the thermostat off the last four or five miles from the house to allow the battery to build back up. I have never had the Odyssey 545 battery that I use fail to start the bike back up.
I might have around $400.00 stuck in heated gear and accessories. I'm going into my seventh or eighth season with this setup, and well over 100,000 miles.
If it all quit working right now, I got my monies worth. But on that note, Gerbing's will fix this stuff as long as I'm sucking air. I had a cool spot develop in the left jacket sleeve. I sent it to Gerbing's for a checkup. They did their magic and returned it to me at no charge.
Early's and Blue Ridge Powersports are Tour Master dealers. Blue Ridge also handles Gerbing's heated gear, as does most Harley dealers.