Posts Tagged ‘12v’

For long distance off road riding, you need to be able to take care of yourself, your bike and your electronic equipment (phone, camera,…). And to be able to charge all those hi-tech gizmos on the bike you need some kind of a charging socket. There is a variety of things available on the market today, but I have decided to go with a standard waterproof 12V socket.

Once you decide what to use, it’s time to find a place to mount it on the bike. After looking around the bike for a while and testing/evaluating different positions, I have decided to cut a hole in the dash board.

Here is what I intended to use, a socket and a on/off switch. Unfortunately there was not enough room for both behind the headlight mask.

Now the nerve wrecking part, cutting a hole in the dash… Luckily everything went great and I nailed it on the first try.

Just enough room to tighten the nut up.

Now all I needed to do is to strip the bike down and run the wires.

Crimped on some connectors, plugged them on, and tidy the wires behind the mask. Make sure you put a fuse on the + side as cloese to the battery as possible.

Now I have constant power at the socket, like I had on my KLE before. Here are before and after pictures

Stay safe!


Hey all!

I am a bit late on my posting here. So today I will show you how I wired up my Garmin 60CSx to the bike’s battery so that it has constant power.

First you need to remove the rear side plastics, seat and tank to get access to the battery and the wiring loom. But before you remove the tank, you have to remove the front side fairing and before that the crash bars. And with all that work needed to be done just to get the tank of it gave me a headache. So I thought what if I try to get the tank off without removing the crash bars and side fairing, only undo the bolts on the side fairing and pop it out of the rubber gourmets.

And so I slowly started to peel off the side fairing and well enough it spaces out just enough to get the tank off, with crash bars and fairing attached:

The only fiddly things are the fuel and vacuum hoses attached to the pet-cock, they could be 2-3cm longer for easier tank removal (first winter job).

After I had the tank of I started looking around for the best cable route from the battery to the handlebars. After a few failed attempts I finally found a good route.

And when the cable gets to the top tripple clamp I have added another plug. So that when I don’t have the GPS on the bike I don’t have a 30cm long cable hanging around waiting to get caught somewhere.
There is a blind plug in it when I have no GPS on the bike to prevent water coming in to the terminals.

And here is the connected GPS cable:

So that is all there is to it. No rocket science :D. And while I had the tank off I also took the opportunity to take the air filter out and clean it:

Safe riding everyone!


We all know that if you are planing a few day’s long trip, you need to have a power port on your bike. Since power ports are quite large and bulky they take a lot of space, which on KLE can be a problem since ther is not much room. Most power sockets come with handelbar mounting brackets, and KLE handelbars are too small to fit a power port on them. So after some thinking and looking around the bike I have found a nice place to fit it. I fitted it under the top case rack. and ran the wires under the seat, down the frame tube to the battery.

Here are some pics:

I have not yet tested it, but will do this weekend.

Have a nice day!