Wikipedia: "Farkle"

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  1. decodent

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    Love the word. What's it mean?

    Motorcycle farkle :deal


    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    <!-- start content --> The word Farkle belongs to the vernacular of the North American motorcyclist, and refers to accessories or the act of accessorizing a motorcycle.


    Farkles may include any accesories but especially those intended to increase the function of a motorcycle -- vs. those intended to glamorize (i.e. if an accessory is chromed, it is probably not a farkle - see Bling.)
    Examples include items that do not arrive as standard equipment on the motorcycle, such as Radar detectors, GPS systems, heated grips, satellite radios, highway pegs, or top and side cases.

    [edit] Etymology

    The Etymology of "Farkle" is murky. It was in use at least by the late nineteen-nineties, circa 1997.


    The word may be a combination (portmanteau) of "function" and "sparkle." One source attributes the term to a member of the Honda ST1100 user group [1].


    Another source claims that farkle was a term originally used for the multiple tail lights that Honda Goldwing riders used in the late 80's and early 90's. They would flash or sparkle when the brakes were applied, thus farkle may be a combination of those two words<sup class="noprint Template-Fact">[citation needed]</sup>.


    Farkle is also a Backronym:
    <dl><dd>F.ancy</dd><dd>A.ccessory</dd><dd>R.eally</dd><dd>K.ool &</dd><dd>L.ikely</dd><dd>E.xpensive</dd></dl>
    [edit] Variations

    An enthusiast may "farkle" a motorcycle, may be in the process of "farkling" or may have "farkled up" a motorcycle.
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    I like that better than "fancy" and "sparkle" = farkle.



    :rofl
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    You gonna look up squids next?


    Squid = squirrely + kid



    Right?:rofl
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    I was telling someone a bit younger than me about Roman & Martin's Laugh-In and one of their regular shticks, the Farkle Family. She asked if there could be any connection with present slang, "farkle."

    Does anyone think that's possible?

    Just wondering. My current "divorce budget" precludes any farkles at the moment... :wink:
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    My Dad and I raced Desert in District 37 in the early 70's using the name Farkle Filbey and Farkle Jr. This was based on the Rowan and Martin prolific, Farkle family and his identifying with them.
    I'm still "Farkle" to some old friends and still farkling my bikes.

    I sure miss him......
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    I thought it was Stupid+QUIck+Dead
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  10. John_Galt

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    F.righteningly
    A.nnoying &
    R.eally
    K.orny
    L.ittle
    E.pithet

    Clearly the usage of this term should be banned. :bert
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  11. Hamilton Felix

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    But I still love Frank & Fannie Farkle and their neighbor, Ferd Berfle.. :wink:
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