Heat troller for the DR650
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
I’m tired of being forced to ride GS only because it’s cold, I’m a wuss, and I didn’t have the DR wired for heated gear. When my heated liner stopped working one ride (it was about 12 years old) I ordered a second heat troller for the DR along with the replacement liner. Then I got the flu.
I’m recovered enough from the flu and it warm enough in the garage to install the Heat troller on the DR.
There are several unused connectors that provide switched power. I used the one in the headlight bucket to add an SAE pigtail about a year ago. There is another reported to live under the saddle between airbox and shock. I went looking for it.
I found it (with a couple other unused plugs) in front of the airbox on the right side of the bike. A little bit of checking with the Fluke verified that Red is hot when the ignition is on. That’s what I wanted to see.
I cut off the ring terminals of the battery to female coax connector that came with the Heat troller and then crimped and soldered the ends to the appropriate terminals. I’m hesitant to use “male/female” with this type of connector because it always causes confusion — the female terminals fit in the male plug and the male terminals fit in the female socket. I kept the inline fuse for safety.
I attached the wiring to the bike and verified I had switched 12 volts at the center of the femail coax socket when the ignition is on. All is good.
A cable tie keeps the wire bundle tidy on top of the air box. I plugged in the Heat troller to the coax socket and thought about where I wanted it mouted. I re-installed the saddle and side plastic while thinking.
You can see where I velcroed the Heat troller in the last pic. I don’t think it will get in the way of my left leg, but it will take some test rides to verify. It’s easy enough to relocate if needed.
I’m not recovered enough from the flu to take a test ride. That will have to wait a few more days.
Friday, Jan 27 2016
I’d have to work hard to find a worse place than the above to put the heat troller. It will be moved, probably stuck to the tank with velcro as I did on my GS. I’ll add pics once I decide were on the tank I’m going to stick the the thing.
Saturday, Jan 28 2016
Much better. The heat troller is not in my way, the wiring doesn’t get in the way, there is enough slack to stand on the pegs, and it only takes a quick glance to see the LED/position of the switch.
I stuck it to a part of the tank that is pretty flat. It should stick fine. If not I’ve more (and stronger, heavy-duty) velcro.