Just thought I'd post a "how to" since I didn't see one online anywhere for this simple mod. Aimed at "idiots" like me that need pictures to understand what anybody is talking about...so apologies in advance for the slow load time...
If you've got a basic garden variety sportbike like me, then you may have noticed that they lack auxiliary power outlets like some fancy touring bikes have. And if you're like me, you occasionally forget to charge your iPod or cellphone before heading out on a ride. And if you're like me, you kinda want the option of being able to add a radar like an X50 (not a Solo or other such battery powered one), and maybe a GPS, and maybe a Roady2, etc, etc...
Here's a pictorial guide for how to install some auxiliary power outlets on your sportbike, so that you can power up all your electronics.
My supplies (inline blade type fuse holder, 15 amp fuses, etc.):
My tool arsenal (drill, rotary tool, basic drill bits and grinding bits, beer):
I got a couple Truck Bed Liner cigarette lighter power outlets because they are weatherproof (and have a 17 foot hot wire). I chose the mounting points shown in the photo below because those locations had enough clearance for the underside of the power outlet assembly without having to modify the ram air ducts.
Drill a pilot hole in the vicinity of the area you wish to mount. Then place the ring from the bottom of the power outlet over the pilot hole. Use this as your guide to grind out the hole using rotary tool. You could alternatively use a hole-saw like the power outlet instructions say, but I didn't have a hole saw bit.
If you haven't already unscrewed the cap (and ring) from the underside of outlet, do so. Feed the wires down through the top side of the ram air duct cover and see if the outlet fits. Grind until it fits flush. Then screw the bottom cap and ring back on underneath.
Test fit on your bike for clearance. Measure and mark the length of wire you need to reach the battery.
Cut the hot wire to the length you marked (save the excess). Solder the inline blade type fuse holder to the hot (red) wire. Install a 15 amp blade type fuse. Crimp and solder a ring connector on the end of the fuse holder.
Cut a length of wire from the excess hot (red) wire and solder to the ground (black) wire so that the total length is same as hot wire. Crimp and solder a ring connector on the end of ground wire. Pictured below are the finished wires.
Unscrew the cap from the bottom of the outlet. Put a bead of silicone on the top and under sides of the outlet where it meets the ram air cover. Screw the cap back on.
Lift tank on bike and prop it up. Position the ram air covers and run the wires as close to the stock wiring harness as you can. (Left side pictured below. Outlet wires are red and black, 'looped' around the stock wiring.)
Right side wiring.
Unscrew the screw holding the ground side of the stock battery cable to the negative battery post. Stick the screw through the ring connector you soldered to the ground wire and through the stock battery cable ring connector and screw them back down onto the battery post. Do the same for the positive (hot) wire side. Tuck wires, bolt the tank back down, screw the ram air covers back in, and you're done.
Sorry for lack of pics for battery connections, but it's pretty self-explanatory. Ground (black) to ground (negative), and hot (red) to positive side of battery.
Done (**UPDATED PHOTOS**):