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V4S Multistrada - mystery socket

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G'day all.

Pulled my 'repair' kit out and saw this socket plug for the first time in 2years.......

Had to ask Whatsitfor?

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It's a DIN power socket so you can use it for lots of things. Most useful would probably be to put a DIN to USB adaptor in it and use it to power your "stuff". I was going to use it that way to power a Quadlock charger on the bars, but ended up using the existing USB socket in the "phone glove box" on the tank as it's closer and I wouldn't lose the space under the seat for the DIN adapter.
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accessory outlet for 12v.
Thanks djh, odd place for it as the 'tool kit' probably doesn't fit in with a din plug in place.

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Cheers Rennsport, weird spot for it though. Some sort of afterthought or maybe Ducati just figured anyone using it would shift the puncture kit to a pannier.....

;):LOL::LOL::LOL:.....anyhoo, the things ya find when ya go lookin......(y)
On my BMW F650 Dakar it is hidden on the inside of the frame --if you didnt know it was there you may never find it
;), I've found a use for it now......been busy fitting an additional led brake light and decided to use that din socket instead of battery terminals which are a bit busy with charger extension and driving lights harness. So my relay and excess wiring now occupy the "tool" kit void.......and the kit is in the top box :rolleyes:......

I should leave things alone :devilish:......but it filled in my day :LOL:......and I've got retina burning brake lights now (y)
I have one of those on my Sprint. It's possible to charge your battery through that plug on the Triumph thus eliminating the need for a battery tender...is it the same for Ducatis?
Cheers Sam,

AUS Ducati's are sold with an Optimax charger and are fitted at pre-delivery with a tender extender harness.

I don't know of anyone using the din socket on the dash or the one I just found ( :rolleyes: ) under the rear seat pad for battery charging but none of my chargers have din plugs anyway.

The Optimax extender plug rests externally so is accessible in seconds, ready for charging, or as on a recent ride, for a mini pump tyre inflator power source (y).

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Cheers DaveAu...I did a little more digging on the power socket I have and found this for my current Touring bike (the SPrint): The socket is called a Powerlet. Also known as BWM socket, Hella plug, Merit plug. It's more a Euro standard. it can be used in reverse on the Sprint to plug in a trickle charger.

My apologies for "crossing the streams" so to speak...I'll stay on Ducati topic from here on out and make sure I don't give out anymore bum advice.
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No probs Sam, always up for a chat. I never knew the accessory sockets could be used for trickle charging.......

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Finished the project (install Shad extra led brake light) and tidied up all the bits.

It can get wet under the rear seat, especially if the pillion pad is in the forward position so I built a diversion using some adhesive rubber sealing strip from the hardware shop.

Decided to put the relay in a small plastic container so it will stay dry if ever it rains heavy enough to flood that area - I saw evidence of moisture inside my puncture repair kit....the paper instruction sheet had been wet.....

Maybe it doesn't rain in Ducati Land (also KTM have no clue about water proofing the rear seat storage area, but the Japs do :LOL: ). There's no drainage either....water just flows through to the battery basement. Must be ok, an engineer designed it, so it must be ok, right? The mystery socket must be waterproof too :unsure::LOL:. Hope it never fills that little tray - I'll be sure to strap a plastic bag over the rear seat and tail if there's no under cover parking at any motels/pubs ;).

Anyway, project completed, mystery socket now has a purpose.......;).

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Maybe it doesn't rain in Ducati Land {鈥. There's no drainage either....water just flows through to the battery basement. Must be ok, an engineer designed it, so it must be ok, right?
Story time!

Waaaay back when I bought a 2003 ST4S, I took delivery in January in New England, and promptly rode it. Great fun, except I discovered it would not start below 20F. I had to leave a 60 watt light bulb under the engine overnight to get it to start, but once I learned to do that, it would start down to 6F (below which I didn鈥檛 ride, that was my lower limit). My dealer also richened the mixture and replaced the oil with a thinner one, both of which helped it start in the cold.

Later that year, my dealer (Bruce of BCM) visited the Ducati factory and while there asked them about their winter testing. 鈥淥h yes, of course we test for winter! We ride in winter too!鈥 鈥淲hat kind of temperatures?鈥 鈥淎ll the way down to 5潞C!鈥

For the Americans in the audience, that鈥檚 40潞F.

:rolleyes:

It鈥檚 designed by engineers. But their assumptions may be a little different from ours.
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