I have a 12V Cig. lighter on my 1500 and I installed it on the Right hand pocket cover and ran the wires into the fairing. I also put plugs on the Cig lighter so if I needed to remove the cover I could just unplug it.
Hi Richard, Welcome to a great forum. I would also think of puting in a Marine one, as it has a cap to protect it when you are not using it. That's what i did on mine,inside my right side locked pocket as well. :waving:
I installed one in the front ofthe left hand fairing pocket and I use it as a 12v port,using a power inverter to charge/run items like Cell, MP3, battery charger, etc
The other one is used as a ... well, cigarette lighter.
On non SE models, there is a rubber plug on the right hand side of the dash which houses the SE's 'foot heater controls'. I removed that and reamed out the hole a little larger and installed the lighter. Hint, you'll have more room to work in there if you remove the front turn signal assembly.
I mounted mine inside the left pocket. I have one of the 2 wire splitters that is about 6" long. Plug that in and can hang the outlet outside if I need to. 2 plugs 1 for gps other for cell charger or whatever.
I don't have a GL1500, however I did mount on in the same location as Dusty on my GL1200. I bought it at Radio Shack because it wasn't as long as some of the other ones and it did have the cap to keep water out. The longer ones wouldn't allow me to attach the wires because it would hit the back of the fairing.
Probably goes without saying, but make sure it is fused and attached to a power point that is only on with the ignition. Good luck!
You could take power directly from the battery terminals with a suitable fuse in line, if you would like it pemeantly live, or from the other side of the bike, from the accessory fuse panel, again, suitably fused.
The additional switches will be hand for controling any additional LED lights etc that you might choose to put on the bike at a later date.
A big warm welcome to the site while I am here and enjoy your visits here. :waving::waving:
I have mine mounted as Dusty does, and it is hot all the time. I didn't want to have to leave the key on if I needed the power scoket. And, welcome to the fourm, from sunny (raining today) Southern California. I have relatives in your area, well kind of close, plan of visiting next year.
I replaced the cig lighter on my 1200 with one from Radio Shack (the cig lighter wasn't even wired). I ran the fusedhot wire straight to the battery terminal. Ihad a male plug and wired it to my battery tender and now I just plug my battery tender in there. If you wire it through the ignition you can't use this option. After I did it I heard that BMW is doing basically the same thing with their bikes.
Warning..... be sure to check that the wires are not crossed in the Cig. lighter accessory plug unit. Some of the units I have purchased as plug and play..... also mostly made in China.... are wired in reverse. Instead of the bittom pin in the socket being 12v... the outer shell was 12v. Found this out the hard way a couple years ago when we burnt out a XM receiver thanks to the reversed wires. Now I check them all and have found 4 out of 10 from different suppliers are not correct!!! OUCH!
Just a heads up!!!
I used one from J&P Cycles which mounts to the left handlebars,fused wires run back to battery so is hot all the time mounting it in the normal location on the GL1200,
right pocket area requires stopping to use it or throttle lock when moving,also used the 12V to provide power to my
GPS at same time,along with 2-switches that control my headlight off and driving lite setup via relays