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Put a power outlet in your handlebar/fork/windshield bag
Old 01-25-2013, 11:08 PM   #1
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Put a power outlet in your handlebar/fork/windshield bag

Put a power outlet in your handlebar/fork/windshield bag

Over the winter I'm adding some accessories to my Spirit, one of which is a Kuryakyn gadget mount going on the handlebar so I can mount my cell phone/GPS and maybe not get lost as often. I also wanted to add a 12V power outlet so whatever gadget I'm using doesn't die when I need it most. Not only are the leading handlebar-mounted power ports pretty expensive but there's not all that much real estate available on my bar and I don't want it getting over-crowded.

Since I'm also putting in a bigger fork/handlebar/windshield bag, I figured why not mount it the bag? There's plenty of room, it's protected from the weather, I already had a BikeMaster 15-1668 power socket ($8.00) and I'd already run wiring under my tank from a new switched and fused relay I installed for LED lighting (but that's another post).

A few things should be noted. First, this is a power port, not a cigarette lighter. Nothing inside this outlet will be reaching incendiary temperatures, not on purpose at least.

Second, even though BikeMaster actually calls their model 15-1668 a "12V/15A Cigarette Lighter Socket", it does not even come with the heating coil/lighter that would be needed to light your smoke. Their denoscriptnoscriptnoscriptnoscriptnoscriptnoscription is technically accurate, it's just the socket. It's pretty solidly built and comes with a tight-fitting rubber cap that's attached to an integral rubber washer so the cap won't get lost. All hole sizes in this mod are intended to work with this particular BikeMaster socket.

Last, the BikeMaster socket does not come with fused wiring. You want to be absolutely sure to connect to a fused (so that any gizmos that short out or draw more than you expected don't set your bike on fire) and preferably relay-switched (so that gizmo you left plugged in doesn't drain your battery when your bike is parked) power line.

So, I started with a cheap but decent-looking River Road fork bag; don't think I'd do this with a nice leather bag because we'll be drilling a few holes in it.




I decided to mount the socket on the left side of the bag to avoid any conflicts with the throttle cables on the right. I drilled a 1-1/8 hole in the left side of the bag with a hole saw and a 5/16" hole in the bottom to accommodate a rubber grommet for the power wire to exit. Since the wires will be making a connection outside the bag, I decided to cut off the bullet connectors that come attached to the socket and put on a more weather-proof and better-looking connector; an XT60 dual bullet I found on eBay (5 pair for less than $4, shipped).




Even though the socket and wire will be inside the bag, I wanted to protect the wire from other stuff banging around inside, so I punched a hole in one side of a length of 1" heat-shrink, slipped the heat shrink over the wires and up to the socket base (do not cover the threads!) and passed the wires through the punched hole. Once heated up, I just crimped the open end of the hot heat shrink with cold pliers and sealed it off, leaving a protective covering over where the wires enter the socket body.



Apply a liberal application of RTV silicone around the outlet and grommet holes, then insert the outlet from the outside, slip the threaded nut over the wires from the inside and tighten over RTV-wetted outlet threads. Next, pass the power wires from the outlet through the grommet (will probably need a little persuasion from a small screwdriver) and terminate with the connector of your choice, being sure to thoroughly weatherproof with heat shrink and/or tape.



Here's what it looks like from the outside:




All that's left is to solder the mating connector on the 12V supply wire (it's DC so watch the polarity), mount the bag and plug it in.










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Old 01-26-2013, 07:38 AM   #2
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Good job on the thoughfulness, pictures and write-up.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:51 PM   #3
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Thats a great diy project. im gonna have to try that thank you.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:06 PM   #4
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I like it. Thx for the post!
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:19 AM   #5
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Appreciate the kudos, all.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:20 PM   #6
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Added a few pics of the supply-side mating connector, installed.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:24 PM   #7
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I wanted to do something similar that would not be an eyesore on the handlebars, so I added an Eklipes EK1-110 Cobra USB power port which has the normal cigarette adapter and also a USB charge port. Wired this onto the battery and cool part is that with the battery tender jr. cigarette adapter I can just plug it into the powerport to charge the batt.

I also got sick of carrying my phone in my jacket and not being able to adjust so I added a RAM mount (RAM-B-186U-A). The one I got fom GPS City was compact and fits right in front of the powerport. I attached a couple of pics.
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