Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 39

Thread: electric Heat

  1. #1
    Registered User TRJeff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Two Rivers Wi.
    Posts
    116

    Question electric Heat

    My old Eclipse electric vest has finaly quit, any recomendations, new vest or a full heated jacket? I have been looking at Aerostich Kanetsu windblock electric vests and jackets but don't know if I need heated sleeves or not.

  2. #2
    Buzzed and Belligerent gambrinus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Denver
    Posts
    605
    I have the Gerbing jacket liner and think that it's the greatest thing since...free beer! Not to knock the other stuff, but I can recommend the Gerbing goodies 100%

    RW

  3. #3
    ABC,AMA(LIFE),MOA,RA,IBMW MANICMECHANIC's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Manitowoc, Wisconsin
    Posts
    2,072
    I second the Gerbings. Just remember to get it with the heat controller, not just the switch.
    F.O.G.Rider, Rounder #6,
    Ambassador, Biergarten co-chair
    BMWRA Wisconsin Region Rep, camping chair

  4. #4
    REBECCAV
    Guest

    G-e-r-b-i-n-g

    The full liner - not just vest. High heated collar, nice folks and good customer service.

  5. #5
    2006 K1200GT, 1986 K100 merrittgene's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Ames, Iowa
    Posts
    276
    I just bought the Gerbing liner after asking my club and everyone on IBMWR. Gerbing was the clear favorite.

    As for a controller, someone suggested that I opt for a real Heat-Troller instead of the Gerbing Chinese-made rip-off version. I'm not unhappy that I took that advice, either.

    I used the combination for the first time on my way to/from the GM400 in Vermont. Very nice, very essential.

    The only problem I during the entire trip was that my new brand-new Gerbing brand BMW-to-jacket adapter cord died at the BMW plug end. Seems the connecter came unscrewed internally, which caused the plug to melt and then quit working.

    (I ended up cutting the end off and crimping some spade connectors to it, and then bypassing my BMW plug recepticle. Lesson: carry extra crimp connectors in addition to the Leatherman. Second lesson: people who drive motor-coaches tend to carry *everything* with them, so they are a good part-source on the open road, and are probably willing to help if asked nicely.)

    Anyway, there's no substitute for quality-made products. The jacket is American-made, so I hope that means something.
    Gene Merritt - Ames, IA - BMWMOA#111610 - IBA#21886 - Rounder #26 - Webmeister, Bahnsturmers
    ---- 1986 K100 ---- 2006 K1200GT ---- 2001 F650GSD ----

  6. #6
    Slowpoke & Proud of It! BRADFORDBENN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    State of Confusion
    Posts
    7,799
    Gerbings without a doubt. Just look at how many Rounders wear 'em.
    -=Brad

    It isn't what you ride, it is if you ride

  7. #7
    looking for a coal mine knary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    pdx
    Posts
    5,878
    I just ordered a new Aerostich vest (my old one was stolen months ago). Why didn't I opt for the gerbing? I tried one and found it ill-fitting, ugly (I like to be able to walk around in public with this stuff) and, dare I say it?, too warm. I like the vest because I can throw it on and forget that it's there until I need some heat. By itself it doesn't insulate much and so I can just use it to add a little heat or if I want to be really warm, put a fleece over the top. IOW, it gives me more layering options that a full jacket does. The ideal solution, IMHO, would be to do what a certain Mr.Brick does, have both a jacket liner and a vest.

    Besides, the gerbing with all the needed doohickeys is a big pile of money - more than twice the cost of a vest.

  8. #8
    67-year-old Teenager indygt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    NE Arkansas - Between Goobertown and Buck Snort
    Posts
    394

    Another vote for Gerbing

    Gerbing heat under a Gore?« Windstopper shell makes an unbeatable lightweight cold-weather combination under your regular riding jacket.
    Vests are nice, but you'll never regret the extra money spent on something with sleeves and a heated collar.
    Last edited by IndyGT; 12-03-2004 at 07:06 PM.

  9. #9
    looking for a coal mine knary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    pdx
    Posts
    5,878

    Re: Another vote for Gerbing

    Originally posted by IndyGT
    Gerbing heat under a Gore?« Windstopper shell makes an unbeatable lightweight cold-weather combination.
    Vests are nice, but you'll never regret the extra money spent on something with sleeves and a heated collar.
    Then you don't know how thin my wallet is.

  10. #10
    dlearl476
    Guest

    Re: Another vote for Gerbing

    Originally posted by IndyGT
    Gerbing heat under a Gore?« Windstopper shell makes an unbeatable lightweight cold-weather combination.
    Vests are nice, but you'll never regret the extra money spent on something with sleeves and a heated collar.
    At least until you fall down and wish you'd have been wearing a MOTORCYCLING jacket, with armor in the elbows and shoulders. Warm is good, but warm and protected is even better.
    I prefer a vest, simply because most of my gear would be uncomfortable with added bulk in the arms and I find that a warm torso keeps the rest of me plenty warm, right down to my toes and fingers.

  11. #11
    looking for a coal mine knary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    pdx
    Posts
    5,878

    Re: Re: Another vote for Gerbing

    Originally posted by dlearl
    At least until you fall down and wish you'd have been wearing a MOTORCYCLING jacket, with armor in the elbows and shoulders. Warm is good, but warm and protected is even better.
    I prefer a vest, simply because most of my gear would be uncomfortable with added bulk in the arms and I find that a warm torso keeps the rest of me plenty warm, right down to my toes and fingers.
    Yep

  12. #12
    Focused kbasa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Marin By God County, California
    Posts
    11,639
    I'm a wuss. I wear a polypro Tshirt with the Gerbings jacket on top, finished up with a 100 weight fleece jacket. I have a standard on/off switch, which seems to work in spite of it not having a wizzbang thermostat. Got about 7 or 8 years on it now and it works well. I find that with warm arms, I can ride down into the 30s with summer gloves, glove liners and heated grips with complete comfort.

    Different people have different tolerances for cold and mine's always been low, even when I lived in Mass.
    Dave Swider
    Marin County, CA

    Some bikes. Some with motors, some without.

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Broad Run, VA
    Posts
    52
    I ordered the aerostich liner and could not tell the difference between it being on and off. I returned it and the customer service person said " they don't put off that much heat."
    I then went to mortons bmw to try on a gerbing so I could get my size. Then I planned to order it from Michael G. Vlahos since he said he sold a liner that could heat the gloves & pants separate from the jacket that gerbing made special for him. The cost was $30 more.

    While at Morton's I asked about having a liner with separate wiring. I was told that Gerbing will configure the liners for no additional cost. I ordered one that the jacket is on one circuit and the gloves and pants on another. I just got it today and will be trying it out tomorrow.

    As far as Michael G. Vlahos I won't be buying anything from there.

  14. #14
    Restricted to 25 characte
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    102

    Re: Re: Another vote for Gerbing

    Originally posted by knary
    Then you don't know how thin my wallet is.
    This brings up something I've been wondering.

    My hands get cold long before anything else and I've been thinking about getting some of those battery powered heated gloves.

    Anyone had experience with them?

    I know the vest or jacket is supposed to allow your body to send more warm blood to the extremeties, but the battery powered gloves would be a cheap fix that wouldn't tax my bike's archaic electrical system.

  15. #15
    2006 K1200GT, 1986 K100 merrittgene's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Ames, Iowa
    Posts
    276

    glove heat

    Just my mostly un-educated guess, but if you have gloves that would "tax" the electrical system, then any battery you'd hook them to won't last long either.

    Personally, I bought the Gerbing liner, and I love it. But, I also installed heated grips, and I wouldn't be without them either.

    I highly recommend the DualStar kit: http://www.dual-star.com/index2/Ride..._grip_kit1.htm
    It's $29.99, and has specific left and right elements. The installation was easy with the excellent instructions. I routed my wires externally and held them in place with zip-ties. The elements are self-adhesive and take about 10 minutes to put in place, and put rubber grips on...the rest is wiring.

    Gene
    Gene Merritt - Ames, IA - BMWMOA#111610 - IBA#21886 - Rounder #26 - Webmeister, Bahnsturmers
    ---- 1986 K100 ---- 2006 K1200GT ---- 2001 F650GSD ----

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •