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So can anybody give me a little tutorial on how to add this to my bike please.


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Just hook it up straight to the battery.

I can't tell from the picture, but make sure there is a fuse (5-10amp?) close to the positive battery post.

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If you want to get fancy, hook it up to a switched power line, like your headlight. That way you won't kill your battery if you accidentally leave something plugged in.

Get the inline taps (posi-tap) from posilock http://www.posi-products.com/. Simple and waterproof.

If you attach it straight to the battery, you'll need a fuse. If you hook it to the headlight you'll need to consider bumping your headlight fuse up 5 amps.

Run the cord from your mount point to your tap in point and give yourself about 3 inches (10cm) of slack and cut the cord there. I try to run the wire along side stock wire looms if I can. Keeps it out of the way and if I match the stock loom's quick disconnects then I shouldn't have issues.

You won't have room on the clip-ons to mount it, so where did you plan on putting it?


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Why are you needing this on your bike? do you plan to charge your phone while riding? or running a gps? just curious.

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If you want to get fancy, hook it up to a switched power line, like your headlight. That way you won't kill your battery if you accidentally leave something plugged in.

Get the inline taps (posi-tap) from posilock http://www.posi-products.com/. Simple and waterproof.

If you attach it straight to the battery, you'll need a fuse. If you hook it to the headlight you'll need to consider bumping your headlight fuse up 5 amps.

Run the cord from your mount point to your tap in point and give yourself about 3 inches (10cm) of slack and cut the cord there. I try to run the wire along side stock wire looms if I can. Keeps it out of the way and if I match the stock loom's quick disconnects then I shouldn't have issues.

You won't have room on the clip-ons to mount it, so where did you plan on putting it?


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I hadn't thought about where to put it yet. The reason behind it is so I can run a gps.


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I hadn't thought about where to put it yet. The reason behind it is so I can run a gps.


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Does your GPS charge off of USB???? For about $25... and easy to install:

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Does your GPS charge off of USB???? For about $25... and easy to install:

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that's why i was asking because there is definitely better products out there to do exactly what you need instead of wiring in your own fuses and not knowing where to put and what to connect.

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Ooo thanks guys I will have a look for these
I'm guessing these are pretty much plug and play then?


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Ooo thanks guys I will have a look for these
I'm guessing these are pretty much plug and play then?


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The USB one is. The battery tender one needs the battery tender quick disconnect cable. It's a standard plug though, so you can find it anywhere.

My personal concern with those is that they're constantly connected to the battery. So if you leave your phone to charge with the GPS running for just a few minutes and come back a few hours later, your bike won't start.

Ask me how I know. Lol. Of course that was a big ass thumper too so...

Accessory cables should always be 5A fuses. (Or 2.5-3A fast blow). Fuses are GENERALLY 2x rated current for fire protection, and about 120% of rated with a fast blow (or circuit breaker) for circuit protection.

(The circuits in your house are a whole different ballgame, and don't follow these rules!!!

Anyway, it'll work either way. So whichever is easier for you. I still recommend running the cables down a stock cable loom. It looks more professional and you won't run into unforeseen routing problems later. And those posi-tap connectors are waterproof, make a solid connection, and don't require stripping wires.

Arcing between your legs and a dead bike at 75mph cause the cable rubbed through and the fuse didn't blow wide enough to stop the arcing isn't fun either. Ask me how I know...


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The USB one is. The battery tender one needs the battery tender quick disconnect cable. It's a standard plug though, so you can find it anywhere.

My personal concern with those is that they're constantly connected to the battery. So if you leave your phone to charge with the GPS running for just a few minutes and come back a few hours later, your bike won't start.

Ask me how I know. Lol. Of course that was a big ass thumper too so...

Accessory cables should always be 5A fuses. (Or 2.5-3A fast blow). Fuses are GENERALLY 2x rated current for fire protection, and about 120% of rated with a fast blow (or circuit breaker) for circuit protection.

(The circuits in your house are a whole different ballgame, and don't follow these rules!!!

Anyway, it'll work either way. So whichever is easier for you. I still recommend running the cables down a stock cable loom. It looks more professional and you won't run into unforeseen routing problems later. And those posi-tap connectors are waterproof, make a solid connection, and don't require stripping wires.

Arcing between your legs and a dead bike at 75mph cause the cable rubbed through and the fuse didn't blow wide enough to stop the arcing isn't fun either. Ask me how I know...


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I love how you have tried and tested all this hahaa


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I love how you have tried and tested all this hahaa


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I at least put a charger in my tail on each bike I have. So I've done a few. I work on small/low power circuits for a living so of course I think I can just jump straight into bikes.

Motorcycles are not intrinsically safe circuits by a long shot. Lol. Those batteries can weld things. My normal stuff won't even spark. That's why it's "intrinsically safe". It won't provide the spark to start an explosion in atmospheres above the LEL.

EDIT: LEL = Lower Explosive Limit. The minimum amount of whatever gas required to make an explosion.


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Have you considered using a Bluetooth headset and getting directions from your phone ? I do this while at work . I never have to look away from the road .
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Have you considered using a Bluetooth headset and getting directions from your phone ? I do this while at work . I never have to look away from the road .


Yeah only problem with that is I'm in the military so after being away for a while my phone is usually dead. And then I have the ride home... which I quite easily get lost doing. Especially when I'm knackered.


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Yeah only problem with that is I'm in the military so after being away for a while my phone is usually dead. And then I have the ride home... which I quite easily get lost doing. Especially when I'm knackered.


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Sweet dude. What branch? I'm retired Navy myself. Medical retirement because of cancer (in remission for 5 years now). No thyroid = meds to live = non-deployable = med board.

But after 9 months or more on deployment, "how the heck do I get home" is a valid question. Lol.


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Yeah only problem with that is I'm in the military so after being away for a while my phone is usually dead. And then I have the ride home... which I quite easily get lost doing. Especially when I'm knackered.


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Sweet dude. What branch? I'm retired Navy myself. Medical retirement because of cancer (in remission for 5 years now). No thyroid = meds to live = non-deployable = med board.

But after 9 months or more on deployment, "how the heck do I get home" is a valid question. Lol.


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Oh man sorry to hear that.
I'm RAMC - Medic

9 months on tour... sod that. The "how do I get home" applies after just a week

And I have an iPhone 7. It can last the day. But unfortunately not the whole week without a charge.
Damn if only I still had one of those Nokia's they would go on and on and on and on and on... ...and on and on!


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Oh man sorry to hear that.
I'm RAMC - Medic

9 months on tour... sod that. The "how do I get home" applies after just a week

And I have an iPhone 7. It can last the day. But unfortunately not the whole week without a charge.
Damn if only I still had one of those Nokia's they would go on and on and on and on and on... ...and on and on!


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Royal Army? Nice. I spent a night on a Royal Navy ship. They were having problems with some of their coalition crypto equipment. When they found out the US navy doesn't have alcohol rations, they pooled their chits. Next thing I recall is my chief chewing my ass and telling me to rack out until my watch so an officer didn't see me. Lol.

I assume I had a good time. I apparently fixed their gear at some point too. Lol.


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Oh nice. Yeh no alcohol for us lot when deployed. Unlike you guys. You all got it easy. Loving the life haha.
So I bought the above both.. and as I can see the bottom one plugs into the top one which contains a fuse.

So I'm guessing it's just pretty simple now.
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Oh nice. Yeh no alcohol for us lot when deployed. Unlike you guys. You all got it easy. Loving the life haha.
So I bought the above both.. and as I can see the bottom one plugs into the top one which contains a fuse.

So I'm guessing it's just pretty simple now.
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Yep. Easy day. Just goes on the battery terminal. I'd find a spot to have the SAE plug barely stick out. Then only put the USB part on when I needed it.

Unless I was putting it under the seat. But you can't see your GPS back there. Not sure it's long enough to safely route under the tank. See above...

And you know what they say. The smart kids went chair force, um Air Force, the booze hounds went navy, the crayon eaters joined the army. Lol. And the bubble heads just have a few screws loose. Who gets on a boat designed to sink on purpose?


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Yep. Easy day. Just goes on the battery terminal. I'd find a spot to have the SAE plug barely stick out. Then only put the USB part on when I needed it.

Unless I was putting it under the seat. But you can't see your GPS back there. Not sure it's long enough to safely route under the tank. See above...

And you know what they say. The smart kids went chair force, um Air Force, the booze hounds went navy, the crayon eaters joined the army. Lol. And the bubble heads just have a few screws loose. Who gets on a boat designed to sink on purpose?


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Exactly I totally agree with that last comment.
And yes crayon eaters... infantry soldiers are so thick.

As for us medics we are a cut about the rest. Hah


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Exactly I totally agree with that last comment.
And yes crayon eaters... infantry soldiers are so thick.

As for us medics we are a cut about the rest. Hah


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No doubt. Field medicine is hard enough without having to do it under fire. Then when you're not in the field you have to deal with all the guys like, "Doc, my temperature is 37.1 (98.7). I'm dying of the flu or something, do I have to go to work today?"


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No doubt. Field medicine is hard enough without having to do it under fire. Then when you're not in the field you have to deal with all the guys like, "Doc, my temperature is 37.1 (98.7). I'm dying of the flu or something, do I have to go to work today?"


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My personal concern with those is that they're constantly connected to the battery. So if you leave your phone to charge with the GPS running for just a few minutes and come back a few hours later, your bike won't start.
If you're phone didn't get enough of charge while you were riding with it charging in the trunk, you need to get off the fucking phone and ride more.

I get what you're saying though, but I have to point out your bike battery should be able to fully charge and run your phone for hours with ease. I'd question that battery. Switched power is always a best practice for third party adapters.
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If you're phone didn't get enough of charge while you were riding with it charging in the trunk, you need to get off the fucking phone and ride more.



I get what you're saying though, but I have to point out your bike battery should be able to fully charge and run your phone for hours with ease. I'd question that battery. Switched power is always a best practice for third party adapters.


Those V star bikes could only crank for like 5 seconds before it was dead anyway. I changed the battery on it several times. I mean, the most common mod was a headlight relay that turned off while you were cranking the engine. It was a game changer. And they ran at a deficit for almost half the rev range. No idea why.

Maybe cause it's an 1100 and makes a whopping 50hp and they didn't want any more drag on the engine? IDK. (Okay, it's like 80 but still)


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