Inside was a bit more sparse than November too. I had a good time chatting with friends and meeting new ones.
I met one guy who was selling a new type of heated coat. It came with a tank bag that plugged into the radiator, and the heated coat plugged into the tank bag. It provides lots of heat as soon as the bike is up to temperature without using any electricity. The fluid from the radiator passes through the tank bag with a temperature regulator and then into the coat.
It sounds like a great idea and is popular in eastern Europe. It would be awesome for a bike with limited electrical capacity like an ice-racer.
The kit, however, is very expensive. When I asked how much it cost, he replied “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” Annoying. It turns out it costs about $1000. He claims he’s the only dealer in the US to have them. I tried to find them on the Internet and failed.
It’s not very useful for me for a couple of reasons. One, I already have a fabulous heated coat from Gerbing. Two, my Ural is air cooled and does not have a radiator, so it won’t work. My BMW is oil cooled, so it won’t work on that either.
I also question the longevity of a system like that. If the coat leaked, the bike would likely overheat as the fluid comes out and makes a mess. If an electric coat fails, the bike still works.
It is a good idea for a specific use-case, but with the price and the complexity I think it is out of reach of average motorcyclists.