By Troy Siahaan
Sure, we all say that we’re going for a ride to disconnect from it all and to free ourselves from our electronic/digital chains. While I’m sure this is true for some, the truth of the matter points otherwise. More and more riders, myself included, are using technology to help them with their riding – even if it’s something as simple as using your phone’s GPS to help you navigate somewhere. Electronics, as we all know, use batteries, and batteries eventually run out unless they have access to power to recharge. This isn’t an issue if your motorcycle already comes with a power outlet, but for those who don’t? Hmm, if only we had a power source to tap into…
Say hello to the RidePower charging system. The brainchild of retired Marine Steve Young (not to be confused for the retired quarterback), the RidePower came about when Young was looking for a way to keep his phone charged while riding his Jet Ski. It would routinely die on him while he checked the weather app for tide conditions and such. Not happy with the products already on the market, he developed his own charging device that could be used not only in the water, but on a variety of powersport vehicles, motorcycles among them.
There’s not much to the RidePower system. It’s simple and effective.
The Nitty Gritty
For the technical folks, the RidePower is very simple. It’s a water resistant wiring harness able to withstand nearly any weather condition we would ever find ourselves riding in (Young officially claims weather resistance down to 32ºF on the low end and 230ºF on the high end). The harness connects directly to the battery terminals of your motorcycle, and there’s a 7.5 Amp inline automotive fuse to keep things safe should something go awry. It accepts inputs …read more
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