Ok, back for some advice/answers from all of you VN750 gurus...
(please excuse my near total non-electicity knowledge
Last week, I rode my bike about 60 miles, most of the time with my heated jacket on low, only on medium for a few minutes, and not on high at all. When we got to our PGR mission site, I parked the bike and was gone from it for about an hour and a half.
When we got ready to leave for home, my bike's battery was dead. We got it started between a push, the clutch and a steep downward slope...and rode it about two miles in 2nd gear with the voltmeter showing a charge the whole time. We had some lunch, and when we headed for home, the bike started right up.
My friend who is the bike mechanic was along with us, and suspected the heated jacket was the problem. The bike went to his shop, and yesterday he checked out the entire electrical system according to the great instruction in the Verses here (he is ever so grateful for all the info there!!) and the whole system seemed to be working as it should. The tests on the R/R and stator showed no problems at all. We added jacket and when the bike was idling, after a couple minutes, the jacket was taking the charge down to near negative, but no problem at all with a power drain when revved to over about 2200-2500 rpms.
He also moved the R/R to the left side near the peg, as shown in one of the verses posts. He also changed the wiring harness for the jacket to one with a rheostat controlled temp control instead of the one that was in before (which had continuous problems), and he also put in a relay.
We're thinking that so long as I turn the jacket off or down when traveling at slow speeds, it should be ok. Can anyone provide me with insight here?
And one more question along this line...is it possible that I could run both heated grips and my heated jacket at the same time, even at highway speeds? (Almost the only time when heated gear is needed in this part of the country is at highway speeds over relatively long distances.)
We both send Thanks for any help you send this way!