Gerbing 12V Permanent Dual Temp Controller
Must have for touring motorcycles
I own a GoldWing. If I owned a cruiser, chopper, sport bike, or other bike that exists without massive amounts of plastic and storage space like a GoldWing or other touring bike, I wouldn't need this if I had heated gear. But if you have the space install a permanent controls, it is a must have item. This makes it so easy to plug in and ride. It makes it easier to control and gets in your way less than using the portable controller. The knobs could be made more durable and you have to be careful with the wires and LED lights when installing. There are bunches of wires, so anything short of a GoldWing means finding space for all the wires will be problematic. But for me, this is a must have item.
December 8, 2014
This product has great features.
This product certainly makes it a lot easier to hook up to heat and control the temperature. Easy to adjust installed in just an hour right onto the dash.
November 10, 2014
Gerbings Hard Wired Controls
For those who like a clean controls for your heated gear this is the way to go. There is no need to remember where your controller is. Nothing to lose. All wiring and controls remains on the bike until needed.
Great time of the year to pick this up and install at your leisure over the warmer months. Ready for next year when the temps drop.
April 14, 2014
This permanent dual controller makes a nice addition to the look of my bike. I've yet to make labels for the knobs, but plan to do so in the future. The controllers have infinite settings to set the temperature at whatever makes you comfortable.All in all I'm happy with this product at this point and it serves the purpose it was intended for.
Now for my complaints! This is the second set that I installed in my bike. The first set that I put in had an issue of losing the stop point when trying to turn off, and would then go in a continuous 360 degree motion. My first thought was when pulling off the cap on one for the installation, the stem pulled out as opposed to just the cap coming off, I worried that I damaged it.There is a slight nub for you to orient into the slot for the proper reinsertion, which you can feel when re-installing. After that controller went, about a week later the second one had the same issue, all this without actually ever seeing road time. I guess I liked to see the led light!
Anyways after a call to Gerbings they set me up with repair/replacements in around a week turn around time. I can't say enough about the excellent customer service! Although I am a little skittish and very gentle with the knobs, this product is performing as expected.
Now comes my only other complaint. The controller is an encapsulated circuit board with threads protruding for your locking nut(s) to secure to your plastics.In my case I installed mine on the lower left side of my fairing.The only problem being was having two plastics overlapping each other. With the length of thread given, I am just shy of having a full nut of thread holding this to the bike, this without being able to use the bottom nut and jamming it up to the circuit board itself. I feel another 1/4 inch of thread would not kill the profit margin on this product, and would allow multiple location installs. Hope you read these Gerbing's! Either way I would buy this product again and really enjoy the heated gear. I wish I had this stuff years ago!
April 5, 2014
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