Farkles, farkles, farkles

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

  1. 131unlimited

    131unlimited Been here awhile

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    Simply because I can afford it and enjoy the added benefits that the particular Farkle provides. Farkles increase my overall enjoyment of the motorcyle and riding.

    That and STOCK SUCKS !
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  2. Benduro

    Benduro It's been handled.™

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    Well, first of all, the logical fallacy in your OP is that of false choice. You essentially equate farkles with the touratech catalog. This is misguided at best, and laughable in reality. To farkle is to make small modifications to your bike to increase its utility. Like removing the kickstand sensor on your bike so that when you land a little air, and centripetal force causes the kickstand to move downward a little bit, it doesn't momentarily kill spark to your motor.
    Or, cutting the opening on your airbox to allow more air, etc. When I think "farkle", I certainly don't think of blowing a house payment on touratech crap.
    Just my $.02
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  3. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Motorcycles are my toys. They are NOT investments. Once something becomes an investment, in my mind it's no longer a toy. I don't really care about fuel mileage, either. The enjoyment I get is well worth the money spent.
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  4. gmk999

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  5. Nevada

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    You use Elton John, fart, and crap in the same post, and you complain that a word sounds like a sex crime? :fpalm
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  6. Nevada

    Nevada Been here awhile

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    Safety - headlight & brakelight modulators, horn, aux lighting.
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    Function - Top case, hitch & trailer, tankbag, etc
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  7. dwoodward

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    Going a step further- I've done lots of extra lights, heated grips, accessory sockets, etc. and have never so much as looked at a Touratech catalog.
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  8. Kommando

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    Because it is there.

    :lol3

    Great bikes are built, not bought. No mfr makes a bike exactly how I want it, and even if they did, I may not like it that way for every ride. Bike mfrs don't often offer many options, like car mfrs do. I've never understood why, as it's a chance for more sales/profit.

    I can run down the interstate in relative comfort and well-lit safety, 5 states over, fully loaded with a windscreen, luggage, and touring pegs. When I park the bike at my hotel/campsite, I can strip all that off and ride it like a dirtbike on the local trails. Try an extended adv trip on most bikes without farkling them in some way.
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  9. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    Is this what you meant?
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  10. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    It's also what you want out of your bike. For some, riding it is only a piece of the equation - building it is another and important piece.

    I mentioned before that with cars, I tend to buy only as much wiring harness as I need, and then build from there. My desired combination of addons isn't usually in the factory option package, and a lot of times, I am looking for something that is really outside of the envelope. So "farkling" is the only way to get what I want. No crime in that! Same with bikes - why come down on someone who chooses to build what they want, instead of figthing an endless battle with the manufacturer to convince them to build what might likely be a one-off?

    The build is part of the journey.
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  11. Krono

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    At the opposite, I tend to "unfarkle" my bikes : stickers are removed before they become olds and leave marks on the plastics, then right mirror, blinkers, canisters and all these unuseful and so heavy parts.

    The only added parts allowed (on my bikes) should come from the bike manufacturer if possible, in order to stay as close to stock as possible. Anyway, reversibility to stock state is a must for periodical inspections (every 2-3 years here).

    When I get a used vehicule (car or bike) all the previous owner farkling is usually nothing more than someone else garbage. Now about selling a farkled bike ... never had any pay-back for farkles, except as a selling argument.

    L
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  12. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Absorbent amounts? Is that a lot?

    Invested? d00d, it's just consumer spending. It's not an investment.
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  13. Dan-M

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    His cash has been absorbed by his bike.
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  14. OrangeYZ

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    Whenever I look at the bottom of my skid plate or the front of my hand guards, I'm really glad I have them.
    The skid plate adds resale value to the bike, because it prevents my frame from being completely destroyed in two rides.
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  15. AK650

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    Amen, ClearwaterBMW! I edited your post to fit my situation, but the basic gist is the same.

    "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

    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"

    Jeff
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  17. scootrboi

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    Somebody help me out. I can't remember the right word, but it's not absorbent.
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  18. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    exorbitant
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  19. GETTHUMPER2

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    :deal EXORBITANT...
    THUMPER>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>:wink:
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  20. go4mini

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    WITHOUT FARKLES, THERE WOULDN'T BE A FLEA MARKET!!!!!!!:evil
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