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I had the sidecovers & seat off my '99 SE, and found a wiring harness that a PO had added. It has two wires, one red to batt + through a 15A fuse, and a white to batt minus. The connector is a rubbery material, with one insulated terminal, and one not (it's the same style as the typical trailer connectors).
What might this have been added for? I'm thinking maybe heated clothing, perhaps. Can anyone confirm/not confirm this?
 

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I have two similar to what you are describing, one for my heated gloves, one for the battery tender. Without going to the garage, I believe the heated gloves have a 15amp fuse, where the battery tender has like a 3 or 5 amp fuse.
 

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or a heated jacket. If you dont need it, cut it out or protect it so it will not short out on a trip.
 

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I have one of them in the Left Door under the passenger armrest (without the fuse). I hook up my battery tender to it when the bike is in storage. I have also prepared a wire to connect two bikes together with those connections. The guys I ride with have the same connectors and in most cases the wires will carry enough current to 'jump' a low battery. I know the wires are not large enough to carry full starting current but they do work on a low battery and we do not use then more that a couple of seconds to avoid 'meltdowns'.
 

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As long as the uninsulated terminal is the ground there's little or no risk of a short and since the circuit is fused a short wouldn't hurt anything anyway. It would be handy for connecting a battery tender or electrically heated clothing as already mentioned. You could wire a matching connector to a cigarette lighter socket and have an outlet that could be used for cell phone charger or GPS power. I have a 12V outlet I installed in the left front cubby. I use it for powering my GPS and for charging my cell phone. Very handy on trips.
 

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If it looks like this then it was probably meant for clothing of some sort.
 

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Captain Midnight - that's exactly what it looks like! What kind of bugs me is that the "hot" (+12v) lead is the exposed terminal. I taped it up before putting it back into the bowels of the machine.
I didn't even think about the battery tender, but that's a good possibility, also. I'm thinking some heated clothing might be a nice addition!
Thanks for the input!
 

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On that type plug normally 12 volts is on the covered pin. I have one my 1983 GL 1100 and 1989 GL 1500 for battery tender and Heated Suit. Works well for both. I believe I would rewire it to have the hot pin covered.
 

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I know my widder Gloves that use that pictured plug will work either way (at the battery). You can just swap the power/ground at the battery as long as its just a straight wire to it (no boxes inline, etc.).
 

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I think that re-wiring sounds like a very good idea. I'll put that on my list of things to do this winter.
 

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Thats for a battery tender,the only thing missing is the cover that plugs onto it when it's not in use......
 

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With a 15A fuse in it,most battery tenderswill not get protection. Most tenders are 3, 5, and 7.5 amp fused. So if you plug one in, change that fuse. :)

Most clothing are 15A and up.
 

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Change the wiring!!!!!!
The "+" is out & could short out, it should be the in-closed side "-" is the open side.
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My battery tender and my Gerbing heated gloves have the same plug. In fact I can use the same plug for both.



Since it was wired backwards, it's a pretty good assumption that it was installed for heated clothing. The clothing probably would still work fine being backwards, whereas the battery tender would not.



If you have either a battery tender, or heated clothing then reverse thewiring so it's correct. If you don't have either, then remove the connector altogether. It doesn't serve any purpose unless you connect an accessory to it.



Note, you can go down to an autoparts store, and go to the section where the trailer wire connectors are, and you can find a matching two wire connector that will plug into that. So if you want to use it for some other accessory, you can easily get a matching plug.
 
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