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Emoto 05-29-2013 03:27 AM

Farkles for the GS-W: Put 'em all in here
I thought it might be good to have a thread devoted to the various farkles/accessories that the new R1200GS-W owners put on their bikes.

What have you ordered?

What have you installed? Did it fit correctly?

Are you happy with it/them?

Any "must haves"?

Any to avoid?


oz97tj 05-29-2013 03:45 AM

So far, I've added a large CalSci windscreen, which I'm currently sending back for a replacement. It arrived warped badly. I installed it before I noticed it. After talking with them, they advised me to ride with it for a bit and make sure the size fits me well so they could swap sizes if needed all in one shot. Good service I'd say. The windscreen works well too, but isn't exactly sexy.

Just the other day, I added Touratech engine guards which installed easy and look robust. I also installed the Garmin Montana locking mount in place of the factory gps mount. Simple install and seems like it'll work well. However, it's a bit larger and hangs a bit lower than the factory mount so covers about half of the tach. I have plans to move it higher with a adapter if I find it bothers me too much. However, I've gotten pretty comfortable with the bike now tha I don't exactly have to stare at the tach either so I may just run it as is. We will see if it bothers me long term.

Emoto 05-29-2013 03:57 AM

Any pics of your mods, Oz94tj?

Crocodile 05-29-2013 04:22 AM

I've found it extremely difficult to find anyone with accessories in stock. In Australia, BMW has bugger all parts available at this point. The same can be said for Touratech and Wunderlich. I've tried the US and the story doesn't seem to be better there either.

Anyway, I managed to get (1) A Large BMW Tank Bag, (2) BMW Headlight protector, (3) BMW Small Softbag (rear), (4) Hepco & Becker Pannier Removable Pannier Racks, (5) Black GlobeScout Panniers (45L + 35L) including carry handles and inner bags, (6) Cruisin Comfort Sheepskin Seat Covers, (7) Pivot Pegz (a version for the GS LC haven't yet been made, but the GS800 version seems to fit so far).

Oh and (8) I shelled out the extra $ to get the BMW GPS. I still haven't worked out whether I like it more than my Zumo 550 or whether the BMW integration is worth the extra money over the Zumo 660.

Lot's more to go - crash bars, radiator protectors, bash plate, side stand enlarger, auxilliary lights, probably higher windscreen, may be a 'rally' style seat, etc.

Emoto 05-29-2013 05:37 AM

Yes, I expect that the aftermarket will take a little time to build up stock. Kind of wanted to get ahead of it with this thread.

How is the tank bag? I was looking for dimensions as well, but I could not find them on the BMW site.

marchyman 05-29-2013 02:24 PM

Have farkles, don't have the bike yet.


* Wunderlich handlebar bag. I'm going to give this a try instead of buying a full tank bag.
* Holan Nomada panniers. I think they are the only one currently available with the muffler cut out.
* Hepco Becker crash bars. Should I be worried that they arrived in a box marked fragile?

On back order:

* SW-Motech light bar. I'm going to mount the Hella Micro DE lights I took off my old GS on this.

I'm sure there will be more.

2xrboys 05-29-2013 03:07 PM

Russell saddle, x-tall calsci windshield, OEM lowered pegs, gps and vario bags. Waiting for some bar risers to complete "tall rider" setup, Clearwater Darla lights on order. That will complete farkling for a while.

Dagwood_55 05-29-2013 05:16 PM


Originally Posted by 2xrboys (Post 21519894)
Russell saddle

How does the Russel DL compare to the OEM??

Emoto 05-30-2013 03:45 AM

Who is a good US-based source for SW-Mototech stuff?

bla-bla black sheep 05-30-2013 04:14 AM

Not much available yet in SA, but managed to get the following:

- SW Motech adjustable wide foot pegs: I like this, because my off-road boats catch my seat (which is set on high). You can drop them 10mm
- Touratech:
* rear luggage rack
* side stand extension (camel toe)
* rear brake reservoir cover.

Still needed (ordered from Touratech)
- crash bars
- bash plate
- head light guard

I fitted my Montana 650 with Touratech lockable bracket in the place of the BMW Nav unit.

Everything fitted perfect, no hassle. :clap

2xrboys 05-30-2013 04:32 AM

The RDL is very comfy. It is taller, especially in the front and center of the seat. On my last GS, I made the mistake of riding the bike 5 years before adding the seat. Ordered this one in January so it was ready for production when I got the bike in March. It was tough parking the new bike for 2 weeks while the saddle was built.

oz97tj 05-30-2013 05:44 AM

I have the SW Motech light bracket on order too. Im impatient so im going to go make something today.

Ill post some pics of everything ive done so far later.

Snarky 05-30-2013 07:40 AM


Originally Posted by Emoto (Post 21523888)
Who is a good US-based source for SW-Mototech stuff?

The only official one I know of is They are active on this site too, if you mention their name in a thread they have a habit of showing up. Like Biggie Smalls.

On their site they make the effort to separate their R1200GS LC farkles from the R1200GS Traditional.

oz97tj 05-30-2013 12:22 PM

Pics. You can see the lights mounted, the Touratech engine guards and the el cheapo JC Whitney top box...
Here is the Touratech Montana mount on the factory bar. Can also see the back of the lights mounted...
Here is the home made light brackets. Very simple but they seem to do the trick. I looked under the beak and their isnt much there to mount to so this looked simpler. Besides that, the lower mount would put the lights in line with the air intake funnels. This way doesnt. That has to be worth 10 horsepower:D. Now the brackets will get powdercoated...

Crilly 05-30-2013 02:44 PM

:norton I see you have put the led turn signals on. Did you get a download so they work properly?

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