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sidecar heater

Anyone out there with a Gold Wing outfit fitted a sidecar heater?
A Wing has coolant and a pump to circulate it so putting a heater radiator, one out of an old Mini might do, in the sidecar should be possible.

Sid

Sid, if you have sufficient electric wattage available, a small 12v heater or a 12v electric blanket might be much easier, such as this heater:

http://www.harborfreight.com/12-volt-rubberized-heater-with-fan-96144.html

Or this blanket:  http://www.jcwhitney.com/12-volt-electric-blanket/p2010968.jcwx?skuId=345793&filterid=c2613j1

I gave one of the 12v blankets to Jena for Christmas a couple of years ago, but since she generally rides her own rig we've never used it, so I can't comment as to how well it works.   A small pre-charged extra battery (lawn mower?) might work well in the sidecar to prevent draining the bike's main battery -- unless an "auto" battery is already intalled.

 

Lee Summer Grove, LA R1100GS/CSM Sidecar, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L

I'm already running heated handlebar grips so I don't know if I could run a 150w heater as well. The heaters are on eBay for a tenner so the easiest thing would be to buy one and see what happens. Pity they stopped fitting ammeters to bikes.

Sid

Sid, I'm thinking we'd plug the 12v blanket into our 12 "jump start" battery pack --not sure how long the charge would last tho.

Lee Summer Grove, LA R1100GS/CSM Sidecar, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L

I used to run pair of heated gloves off a 12v car battery when riding my old BSA outfit. The battery lasted about 30 mins but I don't know what power the gloves used to draw.

Sid

The easy way may be a heated vest with a PWM controller.........or check out the small heaters made by the streetrod industry. Speedway Motors has a web site and they have a heater that runs off the engines's coolant and is only slightly higher in price than a heater core at the parts store.

Depending on the year, you may be able to fashion an air duct into the car that draws heat from the back side of the radiator. Easily dismounted in the spring. I've been thinking of doing this on my '82 1100, but I dont have near the Tupperware to go thru as the 1500's and 1800's

The Oxford sidecar appears to have a box section under the front seat so, providing the Wing water pump can cope with the extra load, I hope to fit a heater rad and fan in the box section an the duct it to the passengers feet and up to the screen to demist it. When I've got the forks done, my EZ-Steer kit has got as far as San Francisco according to UPS so shouldn't be much longer, and I can get the outfit back on the floor I'll star measuring up to see what space I've got.

Sid

Read more: http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=14578#ixzz2CWnL7Jvc

A transmission cooler would work well as a heater core.

Goldwings usually have enough wattage to weld with...but if you are worried and go electric then get one of these: https://www.kisantech.com/index.php?cat_id=5, I have a Kawasaki Drifter 1500 with an anemic alternator so I use this to monitor what I can have on at any given time.

Paul