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Is there a power limit to the accessory socket? Although my wife is a fair weather passenger she occasionally joins me when it's cold. Will the socket be able to cope with 2 heated jackets and a pair of heated gloves - a total of about 14amps? Is the alternative to using the socket adding a direct fused feed from the battery?

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Yes, the socket will absolutely NOT be able to handle even one jacket. Have the dealer put in a direct or fused SAE or whatever connection. I'm not sure what the limit is; I think my dealer said a 10 amp fused connection would be OK.

The socket is only good for weeny USB stuff like a GPS.
 

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I've been using the socket all week with my single jacket which draws about 5amp. I also tested my tyre compressor and it worked fine. I thought 14amp may be a bit too much, looks like I'll have the seat off at the weekend and wire up a separate lead.
 

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My Firstgear jacket blew the socket fuse immediately. I don't know why BMW didn't make that socket higher amperage; don't they have cold weather in Germany?
 

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I plug my heated jacket liner into the Battery Tender SAE pigtail. When I purchased the bike, the dealer told me not use the accessory power outlet for heated gear.

The wiring pigtail from the jacket liner is fused.
 

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I added an accessory fusebox on a relay from the accessory circuit for my farkles, including motolights and gerbings jacket, gps, XM and radar. Prev owner had stuff wired directly to battery and that worked for him, but I didn't want pigtails tie wrapped all over.
I will be posting pictures when work allows. The fusebox is the EasternBeaver PC8.
 

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Does the R12 have fuses, I've looked through the owner's manual and they're not mentioned? If it does where are they hidden?!!!
 

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CANBUS system eliminates using fuses Dave.
+1 EasternBeaver Main
 

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I thought so. What happens if I overload the socket? Will it just disable it's self until I remove the offending accessory and then reset it's self?
 

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Working on the R12 is so much easier than on my R1100S. On the old bike I have to almost totally dismantle the bike to get to the battery and even then it's difficult. Now, easy-peasy!!!
 

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Clem, don't say that, I'm supposed to be selling her. :angry:
 

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Just had to fix a puncture and found that the little compressor only worked for about 10 seconds before cutting out. The power of the accessory socket must be somewhere between my heated jacket and compressor. Just as well I was at home and could run the compressor off my old K75.
 

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Seriously, the socket is frickin' useless. The dealer said the only thing to use it for would be USB stuff like a GPS or Ipod. Nothing which draws real power. Maybe BMW expected that we would use it to light cigarettes. . .no, wait, that would take power.
 

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I've fitted a proper accessory socket now, wired directly to the battery. What interested me was while I was messing about under the seat I found a round covered socket, towards the back near the seat lock, about an inch in diameter with several pins with nothing plugged into it. Is it some kind of accessory socket? Where could I get a matching plug to plug into it?
 

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That's for Hoshiko's thermometer and Classic's chicken rotisserie, Keep your mitts off it! If either of those clowns try to tell you it's for the dealer's diagnostic hook-up, you just laugh at their folly. :001_tt2:
 

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That's for Hoshiko's thermometer and Classic's chicken rotisserie, Keep your mitts off it! If either of those clowns try to tell you it's for the dealer's diagnostic hook-up, you just laugh at their folly. :001_tt2:
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:funnypost: +1. Although a rotisserie might be a good idea for the summer months.
 
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