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Old 02-10-2008, 04:56 AM   #1
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Wikipedia: "Farkle"

Love the word. What's it mean?

Motorcycle farkle


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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[citation needed].


Farkle is also a Backronym:
F.ancy
A.ccessory
R.eally
K.ool &
L.ikely
E.xpensive

[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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Old 02-10-2008, 05:43 AM   #2
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you chose to research THAT on a sunday morning.....wow !!!
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:43 AM   #4
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F.ancy
A.ccessory
R.eally
K.ool &
L.ikely
E.xpensive


I like that better than "fancy" and "sparkle" = farkle.



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Old 02-10-2008, 11:44 AM   #5
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You gonna look up squids next?


Squid = squirrely + kid



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Old 02-10-2008, 11:58 AM   #6
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I thought it was Squid = Squished + kid
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Old 11-09-2008, 02:29 PM   #7
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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...
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:15 PM   #8
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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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Old 11-09-2008, 06:56 PM   #9
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Squid

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I thought it was Squid = Squished + kid
I thought it was Stupid+QUIck+Dead
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:51 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:49 AM   #11
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But I still love Frank & Fannie Farkle and their neighbor, Ferd Berfle..
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:08 AM   #13
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I thought it was Stupid+QUIck+Dead
Why speculate when you could consult the all-knowing Wikipedia?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squid_(motorcycle)


Find THAT in Encyclopedia Brittanica!
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