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Old 01-12-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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New FARKLE's!!

Hi guys,

I bought my 2012 GS/A this past August and was only able to get 2735 miles on her before the weather got cold. Unfortunately, I don't have all the right riding gear for layering. I'm coming off a sport bike, so my Spidi leather jacket isn't really designed to layer up. New touring gear will be the goal for spring time.

Anyway, the first round of Farkles was finally purchased and arrived on Thursday! I was up on mad-skillz driving charges in the state of VA, so my sentencing/court date wasn't until 12/21/2012. I held off on spending until I knew how much of the farkle fund was going to support the state of Virginia. That's all over....finally. And it was plenty.

So here we go.....now I have no idea how functional or good some of the trinkets are, but they were necessary in my quest to start making the GSA look like a real adventure bike. Some look like they will function very well .

Bad picture....garage was tight....but you get the idea. We have the Touratech Fuel Line Guard, Potentiometer Guard, Kickstand Foot plate. Unable to see it well here is also the rear Maier Fender Extender.



In this shot is the Touratech Oil Cooler Guard:



And then in this pic you can see the Maier Front Fender Extender:



The installation went pretty well overall. The oil cooler guard was the most time consuming simply because you have to pull the beak off, but its simple really...just pulling out screws. The Rear Mud guard from Maier (bought on Touratech) looks like it will help keep the shock and swingarm cleaner. I tend to hit quite a few dirt roads around my house to just "buzz" through and the gravel they use really cakes up dirt and grime....so maybe this will help. Might help keep the underseat area a little cleaner too...who knows. we'll see.

The fuel line guards look like they'll fend off some minor bumps, etc. The kickstand plate is, well, cool looking and seems functional for soft groud, etc.

Anxious for round two at some point: Kaoko throttle lock is at the top of the list and maybe a headlight guard. Can't decide on the plexi-style or the wire grid. I like the look of the wire grid, but not sure how legal in PA they are to just leave on. Then its riding gear for me and the mrs. and hopefully the new Sena comm kit.

All these farkle's I gotta keep my nose to the grindstone at work and keep the hours up. Busy and billable, baby!!!

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Old 01-12-2013, 12:48 PM   #2
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farkles, not farkle's
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:22 PM   #3
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Save yourself some $ to spend on other farkles:

"Anxious for round two at some point: Kaoko throttle lock"

Nah...get a $10.95* Cramp Buster (CB-2)....best $11.00 I ever spent!
http://www.crampbuster.com/

*Shipped price!

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Old 01-12-2013, 03:58 PM   #4
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I appreciate the advice. However, I spent 2000 miles with one and hated it. Thought id get used to it but didn't! Just couldn't stop fiddling with the dumb thing.

I didn't want to go kaoko route but not sure what else to do. Lots of money but my Harley's cruise control spoiled me.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:25 PM   #5
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That does look nice.

I'm a big fan of the flashing brake light - the more people I can keep a safe distance away from my kazoo the better I feel.

Take a look at Robert's thread for some links; 100 THREADS all GS/GSA owners should read. --- #49. I WANT TO MAKE MY BIKE MORE VISIBLE...WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?.

I have the HyperLites running from the Grn/Blue wire on the diagnostic plug to power the controller. The P3's from Skenes do look bigger and brighter - but more expensive too.

One farkle I've been looking into lately has been a way to connect to the high beam wire to trip the high beam bypass system or controller for aux lighting. Some people want to use a posi-tap on the high beam wire which is fine; but the best idea that I've seen so far is the one from Clearwater Lights used on the their Krista's setup; which uses a male / female plug configuraton that has an extra wire coming out of it to trigger the controller. Truly a plug and play setup. Nice. They don't sell components (otherwise I would have bought their wiring kit), so I'm on a hunt to find compatible plugs for the back of that headlight assembly.

The bike looks good - looking forward to round two too...
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:36 PM   #6
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One farkle I've been looking into lately has been a way to connect to the high beam wire to trip the high beam bypass system or controller for aux lighting. Some people want to use a posi-tap on the high beam wire which is fine; but the best idea that I've seen so far is the one from Clearwater Lights used on the their Krista's setup; which uses a male / female plug configuraton that has an extra wire coming out of it to trigger the controller. Truly a plug and play setup. Nice. They don't sell components (otherwise I would have bought their wiring kit), so I'm on a hunt to find compatible plugs for the back of that headlight assembly.
On my GS I posi-tapped into the high beam wire when installing my Kristas. On my GSA sidecar rig I used the transgender plug you mentioned and wow, talk about an easy installation!
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:11 AM   #7
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I have the HyperLites running from the Grn/Blue wire on the diagnostic plug to power the controller.
I guess I need to go a little further in this... Robert showed me a thread from his prior experiences using that Green / Blue wire on the diagnostic plug * 06 R1200GS Battery Warning Light is ON * as a source of power for other items - which is a very good read.

As per Robert's advice - JVB's comment should be taken seriously - "The blue/green wire on the diagnostic plug is fine for a signal voltage for something like a relay, but I wouldn't power anything off of it."

Thanks again Robert for your knowledge and your desire to share information which is why I hit these forums...
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:00 PM   #8
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That does look nice.

I'm a big fan of the flashing brake light - the more people I can keep a safe distance away from my kazoo the better I feel.

Take a look at Robert's thread for some links; 100 THREADS all GS/GSA owners should read. --- #49. I WANT TO MAKE MY BIKE MORE VISIBLE...WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?.

I have the HyperLites running from the Grn/Blue wire on the diagnostic plug to power the controller. The P3's from Skenes do look bigger and brighter - but more expensive too.

One farkle I've been looking into lately has been a way to connect to the high beam wire to trip the high beam bypass system or controller for aux lighting. Some people want to use a posi-tap on the high beam wire which is fine; but the best idea that I've seen so far is the one from Clearwater Lights used on the their Krista's setup; which uses a male / female plug configuraton that has an extra wire coming out of it to trigger the controller. Truly a plug and play setup. Nice. They don't sell components (otherwise I would have bought their wiring kit), so I'm on a hunt to find compatible plugs for the back of that headlight assembly.

The bike looks good - looking forward to round two too...
Thanks, Windsailor. That is a great idea.......more visibility. I especially like the idea of more rear visibility. More for the daytime. At night, my buddies hate following me as their headlights and my aluminum panniers/top box are too reflective.

Sorry to be thick-headed...what is the purpose of connecting the high beam wire to trip the bypass controller? At first I thought you wanted the aux lights to stay on while the high beam is on. My bike's aux lights already stay on regardless of high or low beam...so I'm guessing you mean something else.
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Hmmm, I don't think bypass is really the right word, darn fingers anyway. I meant more in the direction of an intelligent controller for the aux LED driving lights.

Since we're talking farkles, I'll include examples.

Like this controller from Skene's IQ-170 Intelligent Lighting Controller and a set of high power LED's that are to be aimed higher to spot those "fuzzy bastards" at night which we have a lot of around this neighborhood. I'm looking for lights in the 2400+ to 3600 lumens range so I can't have them running at 100% all of the time and they need to be tied into my high beam circuit. The lights I'm waiting for is shown in a night photo -here - near the bottom of the page.

Anyway I've been rear-ended twice with my other vehicles - just don't want that happening on the bike if I can help it.
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Ohhhh....gotcha! Definitely something that sounds worth while. THe whole "lighting" thing is like a whole 'nother world. I always try to follow the aux lighting threads and its just tough to follow. HID, xenons, LED's...then controllers, size of the light, mounting. All of that, and then lots of $$$$$$ Nothing is cheap when it comes to lighting!

I think I need to focus on the other needs first: riding gear for the mrs, powerlet solutions to power up the panniers or top box to charge phones, comm units for her and I.


On another note...some feedback on my latest farkle's:

I got out for a 35 mile jaunt on saturday and the roads were wet, but hadn't rained since about 12 hours prior. Just cooler, misty and damp roads. My rear and front fender guards worked fantastic!! Rode through about 100 yards of unavoidable mud/manure that the farmer's tractor tracked into the road and the bike still looks quite clean. I'd say they did their job well. I'm sure it won't keep the bike 100% clean, but sure will help cut down on the heavy grime I've been experiencing from the local roads.

Fortunately, I didn't have to test the potentiometer or fuel line guards. :) The kickstand plate works great, however!!!! Met the wife at the local game lands parking lot to take the dog for a run and parked in the wet non-paved, non-gravel parking lot. Really added to the stability of the bike on soft ground. Worth the money IMO.



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Hmmm, I don't think bypass is really the right word, darn fingers anyway. I meant more in the direction of an intelligent controller for the aux LED driving lights.

Since we're talking farkles, I'll include examples.

Like this controller from Skene's IQ-170 Intelligent Lighting Controller and a set of high power LED's that are to be aimed higher to spot those "fuzzy bastards" at night which we have a lot of around this neighborhood. I'm looking for lights in the 2400+ to 3600 lumens range so I can't have them running at 100% all of the time and they need to be tied into my high beam circuit. The lights I'm waiting for is shown in a night photo -here - near the bottom of the page.

Anyway I've been rear-ended twice with my other vehicles - just don't want that happening on the bike if I can help it.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:25 PM   #11
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:20 AM   #12
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You'll notice a huge difference with the rear fender extender. My rear shock still looks brand new after 10000mi. The front one was not so great for me. It ripped off somewhere in Baja after it got caught on the knobbies. The side stand enlargers should be standard on every motorcycle. IMO, it s probably the best farkle $$ can buy.
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Aux brake light

For a flashing rear brake light it's hard to beat the BMW kit IMHO. I put one on my 2012 GSA, and with the BMW harness, which truly is plug and play, is took about 20 minutes start to finish. The only issue may be availability. When I tried to buy the light from my local dealer they said it was "discontinued". Got if from Sierra BMW though without problem and they still show them as available online.

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Old 01-14-2013, 01:41 PM   #14
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For a flashing rear brake light it's hard to beat the BMW kit IMHO. I put one on my 2012 GSA, and with the BMW harness, which truly is plug and play, is took about 20 minutes start to finish. The only issue may be availability. When I tried to buy the light from my local dealer they said it was "discontinued". Got if from Sierra BMW though without problem and they still show them as available online.

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I may not be searching their site correctly, but I can't find it. Would you have a link?
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I've been recording my expensive habit here:
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Nice site and enjoyed the setup. THanks for sharing.
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