Gerbing's Permanent Dual Temp Controller
Good product. Works as advertised.
Once installed, this controller is much more convenient than the regular dual controller that you need to figure out how to strap on or stow in a tank bag. However, it is definitely constructed to be installed on a bike with the battery under the seat. I installed it on a Yamaha FJR1300 which has the battery located in the front fairing. I ended up cutting the power lead and splicing in some extra wire to get to the battery. Doing so voided my warranty, but it seemed better than mounting the junction box in the fairing and having to find space to coil up all the extra wire to the control knobs and buying extensions for the jacket plug leads.
August 5, 2013
Great product, mounting can be a bit touchy
If you have Gerbings gear then you'll obviously want a heat controller... this one works wonderfully and you don't have to carry it around with you when get off the bike, etc.
As others have mentioned the little LEDs can be a bit of a pain to mount - they don't really attach, they just kind of sit in the holes you drill for them, so make sure you don't drill too big or you may have an issue.
Other than that small issue, I haven't found any drawbacks to this system and find it much more convenient than the portable gerbings controller I had previously.
May 10, 2013
Gerbing's Permanent Dual Temp Controller INSTALL-2012 BMW K1600GTL
It was easy to install on my 2012 BMW K1600GTL. had to take all the faring pieces off on one side of the bike to be able to route the wires from the battery to the faring. the indicator lights are good for the daytime, but may be a little bright for night use for some people, used it all last weekend, it was 20 degrees in Caribou ME and it worked great. had the jacket, pants, gloves and socks plugged in, I was toasty warm! be careful not to drill into your gas tank on the GT / GTL, its right below my mounting location. I would recommend placing the plugin ports / wires on the left side of the bike, giving a little extra slack when dismounting. be sure to turn your controllers off BEFORE plugging in or unplugging.
April 15, 2013
It's expensive but very nice.
I find this thing to be expensive for what it is. It's almost half the price of the jacket. It was also a bit of a pain to install (I got some help from someone who knows more than I do). Not awful, but it was a three to four beer Saturday project. It helps lessen the draw on your battery by allowing you to have multiple settings between "on" and "off". Also, the jacket is really uncomfortably hot at full temp. I would recommend that people buy either the permanent or portable controls.
April 8, 2013
Mounted dual control
added to bike (H-D touring) works as advertised. had to drill holes larger than prescribed for led lights, other than that it was all good
March 28, 2013
Gerbing's Permanent Dual Temp Controller
Installed on a removable panel on my fairing. The stated size holes for the led's are too small. Actual size is .120 (#31 drill). So I'll be able to disconnect the coax connections for fairing removal, I didn't use the shrink tubes. Some dielectric grease waterproofs things just fine. Other reviews cautioned against pulling the shafts out of the units when removing the knobs. As a precaution, I held the shafts with a pair of needle nose pliers & the knobs pulled off with no damage. Everything works as it should, & it's a neat, clean installation. Very happy.
December 24, 2012
great product works great just wish the led lights had a better way of being mounted and the length of cord to the battery would be nice if a bit longer . other then that its typical gerbing quality.
November 5, 2012
One Time Install
Overall these controllers are good. It's nice to have them mounted to my bike so that I don't have to fumble with the dongle controller anymore. However installation does require a bit of fabrication. In installed it on my 2005 R1200RT with a relay so I wouldn't have to worry about them draining the battery if I forgot them on. The drivers controller I put in the spot where the optional radio buttons would have been; that cable barely is long enough. I mounted the passenger controller first and pushed the knob about half-way on to check clearance. Then I tried to remove the knob and it ripped the shaft all the way out of the controller! Don't try and remove the knobs after you install them. I was able to push the shaft back in and the controller works still, but the detents (clicks you feel) are gone. I didn't have time to send for a replacement before I shipped my bike to Europe, but the controller is still working. If you have intermittent problems, check for corrosion on the fuse. Since I did some wiring I'm not sure if the fuse holder I'm using is the Gerbings one, but wiggling a fuse beats driving cold while you worry about if your controllers are broken (like I did).
August 25, 2012