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kurt
12-10-2005, 01:52 PM
I'm thinking of a heated vest to further enhance my commute in the mornings and for longer trips of course. Widder seems to be the most common. Can anyone recommend something they feel is better (and why of course)? I'm thinking that in addition to the vest I need a control and a BMW socket to mount on the panel insert of the FZ. What else am I missing?

Jack Giesecke
12-10-2005, 03:22 PM
I'm thinking of a heated vest to further enhance my commute in the mornings and for longer trips of course. Widder seems to be the most common. Can anyone recommend something they feel is better (and why of course)? I'm thinking that in addition to the vest I need a control and a BMW socket to mount on the panel insert of the FZ. What else am I missing?

I have one made in Canada a Canadian friend got me. Cheaper up there with the exchange rate and all. I've had it now for about 8 years and it's GREAT! You will NOT regret buying a vest. I don't know how I ever rode in cold weather without one. Like having a heater in your motorcycle. :-D

Texas T
12-10-2005, 03:23 PM
Kurt, lots of discussion on COG right now. Gerbring(sp?) seems to be the favorite when I browsed through the comments. Look for the riding report/review that one of the guys posted.

bushwhacker
12-10-2005, 04:12 PM
I am currently looking at these two, primarily because of the gloves. I can not handle bulky gloves. The gloves on the first link look especially interesting.

http://www.1stheat.com/productspage.htm

http://www.warmnsafe.com/

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Tourmeister
12-11-2005, 01:42 AM
LOL. There are lots of discussions here on TWT about this right now :-P Just do a search on heated gear.

Here are just a few ;-)

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6629&highlight=heated+gear

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6203&highlight=heated+gear

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2431&highlight=heated+gear

Hairsmith
12-11-2005, 11:51 PM
I am extremely pleased with my Gerbings. I like the jacket liner over a vest, mostly because it makes plugging in the gloves easer. My handlebar heater will pert near toast my hands, but I have pore circulation in my fingers and to get the warmth I need I have to grip the bars so tight my hands go to sleep after a time. The gloves keep them warm and I still feel in control.
I also have there controller/ rheostat, that not only controls the heat but helps keep from taking to much out of the battery if that much warmth is not needed.
The Gerbings come with a plug that wires directly to the battery. It works great, and I do not have to use up the BMW power plug on my BMW I can save it for other power robbing toys. If that is what would work for you they also make an adapter for the BMW plug.

Texas T
12-16-2005, 09:52 AM
Here's an endorsement from a rider on the COG list...

Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 13:46:00 -0500
From: "Thomas O'Neill" <tomskawi@hotmail.com>
To: cog@micapeak.com
Subject: Cold this morning.
Message-ID: <BAY17-F6612E85BD8BFC451CD4D2DE3B0@phx.gbl>

Did my 50 mile commute from Manchester, NH. to Bostin, MA. this morning. It
was minus 3 degrees fahrenheit at 3:00 AM when i left Manchester. It was
about 16 degrees when i returned at 12:30 PM. Thankyou very much
Gerbings..The electric jacket and gloves work very well.


Tom O
Manchester, NH.

kurt
12-16-2005, 12:15 PM
I'm going with the Gerbing's jacket liner if Santa comes through. :-P

Tourmeister
12-16-2005, 05:41 PM
Maybe Santa uses one and you can just mug him and take his :-P

Texas T
12-16-2005, 06:30 PM
Maybe Santa uses one and you can just mug him and take his :-P
Are you suggesting that Kurt and Santa are the same size? :shock:


:lol:

kurt
12-16-2005, 07:51 PM
Maybe Santa uses one and you can just mug him and take his :-P

Ouch.

Squeaky
12-16-2005, 08:13 PM
Are you suggesting that Kurt and Santa are the same size? :shock:

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Tourmeister
12-16-2005, 10:33 PM
Well... :nana:

Steve O Chap
12-17-2005, 05:31 PM
On a side note, I was looking at one of the websites referenced in this thread and I saw this bike...

http://www.warmnsafe.com/images/mens_heated_liner.jpg

Is it that failed Yamaha touring bike with the swingarm front and rear? Crazy looking front end on that bike.

Tourmeister
12-17-2005, 06:02 PM
:tab Yes it is that bike. I don't know that I would call it a failure. It has quite a cult following. They handle pretty well. They did much better in Europe than here, like most bikes :roll: They were just ahead of their time and folks here weren't ready for something that out of the ordinary. One of the members here has one and rode it to a Pie Run here in Huntsville. Pretty cool machine.

scratch
12-17-2005, 06:05 PM
That's a GTS 1000. Saw one a couple of months ago at the Huntsville pie run. Very nice bike, but it may have been a little to far ahead of it's time.

<edit> Do I hear an echo in here? :-)

Texas T
12-17-2005, 08:26 PM
That's a GTS 1000. Saw one a couple of months ago at the Huntsville pie run.
Here ya go...
http://www.thorn.org/images/concours/rides/082705/yamaha_gts.jpg

Steve O Chap
12-19-2005, 03:29 PM
Nice looking bike... does anyone know how they handle? I imagine it would have a strange feeling compared to normal forks.