Farkles, farkles, farkles

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by khale, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Manuelsv

    Manuelsv Traveling South

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    So let's see..

    1. HT Panniers.. because I need more room to carry my stuff and my Aerostich mini air pump.. :D
    2. Top Case.. need a place for my AdMoreLighting Led Brake and turn signals.. :evil
    3. LED lights.. Well cuz I had to hook up my Skene Design's IQ-175 LED light Controller to something.. Du'h!:huh
    4. Corbin Seat... Well because I spend so much time sitting on my bike in the garage admiring :tb how awesome my Farkel's look that I needed a more comfy place to sit.. :bow
    Now.. All I need is some riding lessons and I'll begin to enjoy the ride once I get my Motorcycle endorsement! :evil :ricky
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  2. Musashi50

    Musashi50 Adventurer

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    So far I've added BMW panniers because I needed the functionality of these cases to haul my stuff (MC gear, RC gear, Student gear, etc.) and a set of TT bar risers to relieve arm/back pain. Can relate to OP's thought process though. That said, had I more financial bandwidth, I would join the ranks of Farkle-holics Anonymous in a heartbeat! Cheers!!
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  3. wabtklr

    wabtklr Been here awhile

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    WELL SAID, I agree 100%, including thanks to the Lord for my wifes chosen profession each and every day... Thank You
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  4. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    Lemme ask it in this manner. Does your wife, significant other, etc... wear jewelry? How many pairs of shoes? How about sexy lingerie? Would you look at a non farkled woman? :eek1

    Just sayin....
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  5. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Not sure about the farkled woman, my wife doesn't even wear makeup and sure as he'll doesn't need to either.

    As for the bike, crash bars and head protectors, good cases, about the only thing I have on the bike that I don't consider an absolute necessity is a wunderlich spoiler but man that did make a huge difference once I learned how to use it right.

    No sissy lights, sissy seats, or any of that other stuff for me! LOL
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  6. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    I farkle for 3 reasons: Function, Comfort, Safety for the bike and myself.

    I don't have a cup holder on my KLR, but I do have:

    Skid plate
    Highway peg / case guard
    IMS tank
    Vapor computer
    Renthal Bars
    Heated grips
    custom seat
    luggage racks
    LED driving lights
    Trailtech headlight
    Barkbusters
    FMF exhaust
    Stiebel Horn
    Ascerbis Fender
    12v power port
    quick detach top case (for camping)
    Some Carb mods
    Timing advance mod
    and of course the doohickey

    some if not most of these were put on by the PO, but they are in fact part of the reason I enjoy the bike so much.


    No sissy windshield or spoiler for me!
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  7. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    as was said above....
    because I CAN
    because i work 100 hours/week
    because i have already planned for and continue to contribute to my retirement
    because i already send my daughter to one of the best universities in this country
    because i already write 33 paychecks every 2 weeks... without them bouncing

    companies like touratech are VERY SUCCESSFUL because there are thousands more like me
    folks have been "customizing" all kinds of things since the dawn of time and that surely won't end with OUR generation.

    HOWEVER....
    you don't HAVE to farkle any bike if you don't want to
    I really don't believe that anyone want to convince a single person to spend the money he or she doesn't want to. I'm well aware that folks have parted with their money in part because they were convinced to do so because of the excitement of others about the purchase of certain products. It isn't that the thread is going to be unpopular because of your initial words it's just that you and I have a different viewpoint. I believe that's what makes the world go round.

    does farkling make fiscal sense... HELL NO
    have i lost THOUSANDS of dollars farkling all of my previous bikes.... HELL YES
    am i sad about that.... NO
    will i farkle my NEXT bike... if i'm able... surely YES
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  8. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    a GREAT post
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  9. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I modify my bikes, all of them, to better suit me and the conditions in which I ride.

    Most of the additions (or farkles, if you like) are shop made or heavily modified commercially availabe things, because I like making things.

    The AM version of this answer is "for the same reason you asked the question. I want to."

    ;-}
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  10. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    I consider crash protection to be a mandatory upgrade if I plan to ride farther than the next town. No, I don't crash all that often and I'm not in the habit of dropping bikes, but it's just shameful that most stock bikes can be so badly damaged from a simple parking lot drop.

    Add in off-road riding, and it's amazing what can get broken.

    That said, most of the cash on my bikes goes into the suspension. You can't see most of it, but it makes the bikes a lot safer and a lot more fun!
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  11. olegbabich

    olegbabich Been here awhile

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    Because $ is no object.
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  12. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Back in my days working in a Honda dealership, before I ever heard the word "farkle", Goldwing riders added an unbelievable amount of crap to their bikes to "customize" them and make them different from everyone else's. We used to joke that if you wanted one that was like no other, leave it stock!:D

    That said, I've modified the crap out of my bike.
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  13. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Unlike you some people buy their bikes to actually ride them and don't give a rats ass about resale value. THEY set THEIR bikes up to meet THEIR needs and desires and then proceed to log the miles in comfort with their well farkled bike. :1drink


    Top Boxes are for fools because they are UGLY. :D


    :pot
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  14. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    Yikes, DAKEZ has a good point!

    I bought mine pre-farkled used, I love it. I added some stuff to make it more suitable for my daily riding, and if I need more/other stuff, I'll add that, too. Who cares? Attaching stuff is kind of fun. Plus, you should see what I do to cars - I buy strippers and then just open my wallet so they are "just right". Then, I drive them until they rot, absolutely happy every single km.
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  15. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    $150 aluminum and rubber Rizoma grips? Fuck no, Scott or Oury dirt bike grips on sale for $8.00. Change them every couple of months. $1200 Ohlins? Fuck yeah, pure function. Jet kit? Yep, gotta run right. Pipes? Subjective. Makes more noise, maybe more power, Leo V. says + 8-10% maybe, maybe not, I like the sound though. Some stuff I don't get, but its not my money, buy what you want.
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  16. orangebear

    orangebear Long timer

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    The only mods on my r100gs were a proper side stand, more powerful headlight bulb, and got rid of the oil cooler the a mod to stop the oil leak.

    The main mods done to my dads 990 adv were lighter silencers, big panniers, and soon a side stand mod the rest of the bike

    The main mods I have seen done to the 12gs is a shorter rear shock, lower seat the shorter centre stand, as most people find the seat hight to be to tall.
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  17. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    Aftermarket cans - dropped some weight, sounds very good, maybe added a little HP.

    New rear shock - because the original was shit
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  18. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I ride dual sports. I farkle for rider comfort, travel, range and navigation. All very functional. Most pretty expensive for what they are because they are made by a cottage industry.
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  19. LittleRedToyota

    LittleRedToyota Yinzer

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    i only farkle for utilitarian purposes--mostly armor. skid plates, radiator guards, lights that are less likely to be broken, etc.

    if i happen to find a good deal on a used whatever, i will go that route, but i don't spend much time on it. that stuff all gets put on a bike as soon as i buy it, and i won't really ride without it (because i don't want to have to buy new radiators, etc.), so i generally want the stuff right now.

    i can understand why people like to farkle just for the sake of farkling, though. makes it more "your own", it's just fun waiting for shiny new stuff to arrive and opening the package, etc. i was actually kinda happy when i broke the orange front fender on my KTM. gave me an excuse to buy a black one, which i just like better for the looks and because it is "different" from the rest of the sea of orange even though it provides no additional utility.

    i can also understand why some people might find a farkle to be useful that i would not (different seats come to mind...seems to be the first thing a lot of people switch, but i personally have never had a problem with a stock seat).
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  20. ZEmann

    ZEmann want to be riding

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    the term F_#kle sounds like a sex crime or what Elton John might call his Fart :puke1

    I refused to do that F word to my bike or even use the word
    specially 3 times in a row like the OP did :rofl

    however I do buy a lot of "crap" I don't actually need for it :lol3
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