Join Date: Sep 2012
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I finally decided to take the plunge and I bought the H-D Heated Jacket liner, which is great. It's nice and toasty on my morning rides to work.
BUT....the manual that came with the jacket liner says not to turn the switch to on until the engine is running and it is at a certain RPM. It says otherwise damage could occur to the jacket liner as well as the bike's electrical system.
I understand that the instant I turn the jacket liner on, my battery starts to drain. So I wouldn't want to keep it turned on without the engine running for long periods because I'd drain the battery. But if I plug it in only 30-60 seconds prior to me starting the bike, could that really damage anything. I've tried it a few times (before reading the manual) and no ill effects at this point. I'm kind of thinking that their reasoning is that I'll drain my battery and to keep the battery at peak efficiency I should wait to turn it on.
I have an Electra Glide Ultra Limited, so it can easily handle the jacket liner's power draw.
Thanks for any advice.