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    [Ah Ha! Since I assume you've got a 12 volt conversion
    on your /2, an electric vest is a great investment, along
    with a balaclava, and good wind-proof clothing. I like
    Widder's stuff, but I made my first electric vest myself
    for about 10-bucks. I imagine that's gone up to
    twenty or so by now.... You know, an air-cooled
    engine runs really well when it's cold outside.....]

    Mac -

    That's a good point, I do have a 12v system, but have not seriously considered a vest. Anyone have any insight into which vest is best? Is there any point in wearing a heated vest if you lack a fairing, heated grips, etc?

    I would like to hear more about the vest you made. With my electrical skills, I question the safety of a home made heated vest of my construction. I somehow picture a fireball cruising down the road at 60 mph. However, I would be warm...

    Jon

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    Jon, ping me off line at tamcintyre@yahoo.com and I'll
    give you the electric vest info. It's too big for this forum...
    and as far as your electrical skills, just remember....it's only 12 volts. It can be done....I electrified a K-Mart vest.

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    Originally posted by Tom McIntyre
    Jon, ping me off line at tamcintyre@yahoo.com and I'll
    give you the electric vest info. It's too big for this forum...
    and as far as your electrical skills, just remember....it's only 12 volts. It can be done....I electrified a K-Mart vest.

    Mac
    12 volts can easily make fire.

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    [i]That's a good point, I do have a 12v system, but have not seriously considered a vest. Anyone have any insight into which vest is best? Is there any point in wearing a heated vest if you lack a fairing, heated grips, etc?
    I've seen recently that BMW has a new vest at twice the price of the old one. I have the old BMW vest. Not great but good enough to keep the chill off. I've heard the gerbings jacket liner is the best but I chose to spend under $100 on a used BMW vest.

    MarkF

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    Mark - additional information on heating clothing, and vest making. from the IBMRA website...
    http://r.searchhippo.com/r3.php?i=4&...w.ibmwr.org%2F

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    I've not tried the electric vest thing yet, since the LT is pretty warm. But I'm very interested in the home made vest idea. Mike

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