Will my 78 GL1000 work heated gear?


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Will my 78 GL1000 work heated gear?

Postby Laura » Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:24 pm



Howdy everyone!
I just purchased a heated jacket, chaps and gloves. I would love to be able to use this gear with my 1978 GL1000 but am told (by a non rider) that I may have trouble with the stator not putting out enough to support the charging system and will end up parked with a dead battery.
I currently have it hooked to my 02 Harley with no issue but would LOVE to use it on my Goldwing. Anyone know what this bike can handle as far as this? My bike is all stock, so there has never been any "fancy" stuff added or taken away, not even after market fairings...it's EXACTLY the way it was when it rolled of the sales lot in 78 (and by the way it is BEAUTIFUL!) Gear is made by Synergy the manual just says it uses a 12V electrical system. Doesn't seem to offer any other specs.

Would really appreciate if anyone can give me a confident "FLY or NO FLY" on this!



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Re: Will my 78 GL1000 work heated gear?

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:00 am

It really depends on what the draw is of your heated gear.

You need to know how many amps and watts each of your heated gear draws.

I know on my 1100, I have somewhere in the range of around 10 amps of spare capacity at cruise speed, when my battery is fully charged. I can easily run my heated gloves (2 amps) and insoles (1.2 amps). I also have two 35 watt driving lights, which is another 6 amps. I have, however, replaced virtually all of my lights with LEDs, which gained me back several amps of capacity.

Heated jackets usually run around 6 amps, chaps, I don't know.

So the answer is...maybe. Without question you won't be able to run them long at idle, or at low RPM, because the bike doesn't even generate enough to run itself at idle (you'll run the battery down eventually just idling the bike). At cruise, you may have enough.

Try wiring it up, start the bike, hold it at 3500 rpm for a few minutes until the voltage stabilizes (after it recharges the battery from the start), then turn on your heated gear to see if you have a substantial voltage drop. You definitely should not be letting it drop below 13.8 volts.

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Re: Will my 78 GL1000 work heated gear?

Postby Fred Camper » Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:56 pm

The issue is how much time you will spend at idle, as she most likely will have enough juice down the road. There are some who use a system with a relay that drops out accessories like heated gear and driving lights at idle, not sure how it works but can find out if that is an option you'd like to go after. Personally, I would try it first and just watch the battery state for the first few times.

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Re: Will my 78 GL1000 work heated gear?

Postby Laura » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:24 pm

Thank you guys so much...yes, I think I will hook it up tomorrow and drive around the neighborhood a while and see what my meter does. If it looks ok I'll take it out for a longer city tour. I wish I knew the amp requirement of the gear but again, the spec sheet doesn't seem to offer that info.
Thanks Again!!!




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