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Old 06-04-2018, 10:39 AM
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Electrical questions

Hi all. A newbie here with a couple of electrical questions. I just picked up a leftover '17 GS1200 and I'm a bit intimidated by the canbus electrical system.
Can I just wire my Garmin 590 directly to the battery ? It came with the set up for a Nav V. has anyone adapted that plug to another gps. I don't expect to use the wheel thingy-just want power to it all the time.
Can i use a regular Battery Tender for a charger ? If so can I do it with a bmw to sae adapter plug through the socket on the dash ? Can I put the sae plug on the battery in the usual way?
Does anyone know a place I can read up on the basics of the canbus system? I usually like to add some electrical farkles as time goes on.
Thanx in advance, Jim
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Old 06-04-2018, 03:16 PM
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Re: Electrical questions

The best thing to do is get a fuse block to run all your gizmos... there are some good ones out there from Fuzeblock & Centech. Either of these allow you to add your gizmos over time & a great way to solve your problem.

You can also power stuff like your GPS & heated clothing directly from the battery but need something like Powerlet's iCAN socket kit which bypasses the Canbus & is wired directly to your battery. They have all kinds of goodies to make your life simpler. They have GPS specific cable kits too you might consider if they have one for your Garmin.
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Re: Electrical questions

Jim, the BMW Nav V used with the Wonder Wheel, just provides a plethora of customizable information from the bike as well as other info. This combination of features is awesome and well worth the cost, which is now on sale at BMWMotorad dealers all over the country. I strongly suggest you consider it, plus, the unit locks into its mount...very convenient.

Also, for about the same money as other fuse blocks, there is this chimp easy device.

http://www.beemershop.com/Merchant5/..._Code=HEXezCAN
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Re: Electrical questions

As Jargon says, you are missing the boat seriously with a GS and not using the NAV5 or 6. The data from the engine itself is worth the trouble. Can't emphasize this enough.

Yes, sae wire with a fuse to the battery if you like, fuse block better. NO, not a normal battery tender. Get a good "smart charger" motorcycle charger that recognizes what type of battery it is hooked to and uses the proper charge/maintenance cycle, run it through your socket or SAE that is direct to the battery via a proper size fuse. You can not charge through the OEM can buss outlet. Also it is only 5 amp rated so your heated gear, air pump etc. will shut it down. (see fuse block comments) Also bmw's are hard on their batteries, if you don't ride every few days plug in your charger when it is sitting all alone in the garage.
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Re: Electrical questions

You don't have to be a genius to set the bike up for extra farkles. Look into Hex EZ Can which basically allows you to hook it to the battery and power all the electronic upgrades you want. If you ever want to add lights, powered clothing, extra brake lights etc, this is the way to go without damaging or cutting into the existing electrical.
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Re: Electrical questions

Thanx for all the good information and suggestions. Just what I was looking for. Sounds like for now I can wire my 590 and sae pigtail right to the battery and look into other farkles and upgrades over the winter. That way I can save my farkeling budget for immediate necessities like a peg lowering kit, bar risers and racks for my Givi boxes.
Question for Beech. I have a Deltran Battery Tender Plus. I was always under the impression that that is a smart charger. Is there anything about the stock battery or electrical system that is incompatible with that charger.
Thanx again
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I believe that charger will work. Please use it a lot. Darn bikes can suck a battery down in two weeks. Besides that letting it run down a 1/3 or 1/2 often wears it out faster.
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Good to know. Thanx
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