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Is it hard to hook up the thermostats that are used for the heated clothing. Also I just purchased a new to me 2000 SE, it came with a Corbin seat on it. I just found a connection along the bottom of the seat, would that mean that the seat is heated. Previous owner didn't know as the seat was on the bike when he purchased it. The connector is flat with a male/female plug. Thanks,

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check the plug for resistance



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Unless there a light or a vibrator in that seat, then it's a heating pad in there. You lucked-out, huh? ..

Edit: as far as heated clothing goes, just about any jacket (preferably with a liner) can be made into a heated jacket, 12V, and be plugged into your bike. All it takes is a sewing machine and someone that knows how to use it...


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I'd take a photo of the seat, the connector in question and send it, along with an email to Corbin. They would be able to tell you.

As far as hooking up your bike for heated clothing,most garments should come with a 'Battery Harness', which is easy to hook up(just follow manufacturer's directions) Note however, that when you plug your garment into that harness, your garment will be heating at it's maximum rate and you could get too warm before long and then you'll have to disconnect it, in order to cool backdown, until you get chilled again and then have to plug it back in. Repeat cycle

You can either buy an ON/OFF Switch which makes it a little more convenient, but leaves you in the same boat

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you can invest in a Heat Controller, which cycles on/off automatically and keeps the garment at a user selected comfort level. These just simply plug into the output connector of your battery harness. There are currently two types of connections. The older SAE type and the COAX connector, which most manufacturers use today. Here's a photo with the COAX connector on the left, with the SAE one on the right.





Heat controllers come in two different varieties. You can get them so that the attach to a tank bag/piece of clothing, or even in a pocket. They can be moved to any bike that has the battery wiring harness installed. These areknow as being Portable Heat Controllers

The other ones are mounted directly to the bike and are not easily moved from one bike to another. These are referred to as Permanent MountHeat Controllers, via a knob/button that the user selects to warm the garment to a level desired


If you are using a couple pieces of heated gear, gloves/jacket liner, it is nicer to have a separate dial to control the heat output for each garment. Although most jacket liners have connections in the sleeves to hook the gloves to and in 'Theory', are supposed to heat evenly with the jacket liner, that is not always so. Sometimes you want more heat to the glove and less to your body. A single heat controller can't accomplish that, so it's best to buy a Dual Heat Controller(either portable, or permanent mount)which allows you to plug in 2 different garments and control each garments heat, separately





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Thanks for all the info, this is a great site.
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I just bought a pair of Gerbings G3 gloves and controller. Looking forward to the colder weather now without worring about the pain of cold hands.

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Hey Paul ....

Your new bike have the 'comfort' package on it?



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If you mean the heated seat and grips, no. So far over the years it's only been my hands that give me trouble due to some severe frostbite almost 45 years ago. Ever since I get a lot of pain in cool to cold weather when riding and my hands get cold. I'm hoping the Gerbings will cure that. If not I'll add more electrically heated stuff. I'm too damn old to be shivering and shaking in cold weather riding. I can't believe that I used to ride my snogo (snowmobile to cheechakos) in subzero weather wearing mukluks, parka, wolfhide pants and tutuliks. Today I'd probably just freeze up and shatter on the first bump. This old age thing ain't for sissies.

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