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Old 10-09-2013, 08:43 AM   #16
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Functionality for safety and the ease of the ride ...
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:53 AM   #17
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:12 AM   #18
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I try to only buy farkles that serve a purpose, but have been known to get a bit carried away. Every single farkle on all my bikes are very very important, and without them, my bikes would be useless!
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:13 AM   #19
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Safety, bike protection, ergonomics/comfort, aesthetics, to 'individualize' my bike and because I enjoy tinkering. I have the financial means, time and interest.

Lastly, I think your question and use of the term 'farkles' is too broad; your question implies that anything added to your bike is a waste of money and that the factory got it right the first time. I assume that's not what you had in mind.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:30 AM   #20
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:50 AM   #21
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Talking Why not? Function over form!

So let's see..
  1. HT Panniers.. because I need more room to carry my stuff and my Aerostich mini air pump..
  2. Top Case.. need a place for my AdMoreLighting Led Brake and turn signals..
  3. LED lights.. Well cuz I had to hook up my Skene Design's IQ-175 LED light Controller to something.. Du'h!
  4. Corbin Seat... Well because I spend so much time sitting on my bike in the garage admiring how awesome my Farkel's look that I needed a more comfy place to sit..
Now.. All I need is some riding lessons and I'll begin to enjoy the ride once I get my Motorcycle endorsement!
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:14 AM   #22
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Form follows function...

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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Old 10-09-2013, 12:02 PM   #23
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Everybody is in a different financial state, some of us have enough money to be able to afford what we want without much constraint while others have to more tightly budget their purchases.
With that said, I rarely buy items that have only eyeball appeal like LED accent lights and stripe kits for wheels etc, I don't want the bike too gaudy, but I'll be the first to buy things like the Nav-V, crash bars, $300 BMW foot pegs (my favorite item yet), radiator protectors and such.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #24
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I'm almost positive this will not be a popular thread.

Why do so many folks feel the need to 'farkle' their bikes. I'm just browsing Touratech's site and I'm looking at these prices just scratching my head. People are paying absorbent amounts of money to dress up their bikes and these aftermarket companies are laughing all the way to the bank.

Everyone knows having farkles doesn't help re-sale value (maybe it will help make a sale).

Personally, I'd rather save the money and invest it in a trip, or put it towards more long term goals such as retirement. I also use the money to use on camping/hiking gear that will have a real usable value, rather than an aesthetic quality.

Before people chime in defending farkles, I do know a lot of them serve a utilitarian purpose, such as wider foot pegs, PIAA lights for more visibility on the road for oncoming traffic, etc. People that are firm believers in farkling, do you try to buy farkles used first, to offset the jaw dropping sticker retail price?

So my question is, why do you farkle?
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?

Just sayin....
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:43 PM   #25
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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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Old 10-09-2013, 06:55 PM   #26
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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.

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... 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

No sissy windshield or spoiler for me!
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:05 AM   #27
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I'm almost positive this will not be a popular thread.

Why do so many folks feel the need to 'farkle' their bikes. I'm just browsing Touratech's site and I'm looking at these prices just scratching my head. People are paying absorbent amounts of money to dress up their bikes and these aftermarket companies are laughing all the way to the bank.

Everyone knows having farkles doesn't help re-sale value (maybe it will help make a sale).

Personally, I'd rather save the money and invest it in a trip, or put it towards more long term goals such as retirement. I also use the money to use on camping/hiking gear that will have a real usable value, rather than an aesthetic quality.

Before people chime in defending farkles, I do know a lot of them serve a utilitarian purpose, such as wider foot pegs, PIAA lights for more visibility on the road for oncoming traffic, etc. People that are firm believers in farkling, do you try to buy farkles used first, to offset the jaw dropping sticker retail price?

So my question is, why do you farkle?
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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Old 10-10-2013, 03:07 AM   #28
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I was told by the dealer that unless you added $5-7,000 in farkles within 12 months of the delivery date (GS and GSA, respectively), purchased at the dealer or otherwise documentable with receipts....that the WARRANTY was VOID.

As a matter of fact...I have a file folder labled FARKLES that I bring with me every time I visit the dealer...just in case of an 'audit'.
a GREAT post
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:20 PM   #29
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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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Old 10-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #30
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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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