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Old 10-10-2013, 06:09 PM   #31
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:53 AM   #32
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Back in my days working in a Honda dealership, before I ever heard the word "farkle", Goldwing riders added an unbelievable amount of crap to their bikes to "customize" them and make them different from everyone else's. We used to joke that if you wanted one that was like no other, leave it stock!

That said, I've modified the crap out of my bike.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:17 AM   #33
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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).

So my question is, why do you farkle?

Unlike you some people buy their bikes to actually ride them and don't give a rats ass about resale value. THEY set THEIR bikes up to meet THEIR needs and desires and then proceed to log the miles in comfort with their well farkled bike.


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Old 10-13-2013, 10:21 AM   #34
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THEY set THEIR bikes up to meet THEIR needs and desires and then proceed to log the miles in comfort with their well farkled bike.
Yikes, DAKEZ has a good point!

I bought mine pre-farkled used, I love it. I added some stuff to make it more suitable for my daily riding, and if I need more/other stuff, I'll add that, too. Who cares? Attaching stuff is kind of fun. Plus, you should see what I do to cars - I buy strippers and then just open my wallet so they are "just right". Then, I drive them until they rot, absolutely happy every single km.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:22 AM   #35
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$150 aluminum and rubber Rizoma grips? Fuck no, Scott or Oury dirt bike grips on sale for $8.00. Change them every couple of months. $1200 Ohlins? Fuck yeah, pure function. Jet kit? Yep, gotta run right. Pipes? Subjective. Makes more noise, maybe more power, Leo V. says + 8-10% maybe, maybe not, I like the sound though. Some stuff I don't get, but its not my money, buy what you want.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:20 PM   #36
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The only mods on my r100gs were a proper side stand, more powerful headlight bulb, and got rid of the oil cooler the a mod to stop the oil leak.

The main mods done to my dads 990 adv were lighter silencers, big panniers, and soon a side stand mod the rest of the bike

The main mods I have seen done to the 12gs is a shorter rear shock, lower seat the shorter centre stand, as most people find the seat hight to be to tall.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:43 PM   #37
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Aftermarket cans - dropped some weight, sounds very good, maybe added a little HP.

New rear shock - because the original was shit
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:48 PM   #38
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I ride dual sports. I farkle for rider comfort, travel, range and navigation. All very functional. Most pretty expensive for what they are because they are made by a cottage industry.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:53 PM   #39
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i only farkle for utilitarian purposes--mostly armor. skid plates, radiator guards, lights that are less likely to be broken, etc.

if i happen to find a good deal on a used whatever, i will go that route, but i don't spend much time on it. that stuff all gets put on a bike as soon as i buy it, and i won't really ride without it (because i don't want to have to buy new radiators, etc.), so i generally want the stuff right now.

i can understand why people like to farkle just for the sake of farkling, though. makes it more "your own", it's just fun waiting for shiny new stuff to arrive and opening the package, etc. i was actually kinda happy when i broke the orange front fender on my KTM. gave me an excuse to buy a black one, which i just like better for the looks and because it is "different" from the rest of the sea of orange even though it provides no additional utility.

i can also understand why some people might find a farkle to be useful that i would not (different seats come to mind...seems to be the first thing a lot of people switch, but i personally have never had a problem with a stock seat).
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:00 PM   #40
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the term F_#kle sounds like a sex crime or what Elton John might call his Fart

I refused to do that F word to my bike or even use the word
specially 3 times in a row like the OP did

however I do buy a lot of "crap" I don't actually need for it
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:02 PM   #41
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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?

Simply because I can afford it and enjoy the added benefits that the particular Farkle provides. Farkles increase my overall enjoyment of the motorcyle and riding.

That and STOCK SUCKS !
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:32 PM   #42
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Well, first of all, the logical fallacy in your OP is that of false choice. You essentially equate farkles with the touratech catalog. This is misguided at best, and laughable in reality. To farkle is to make small modifications to your bike to increase its utility. Like removing the kickstand sensor on your bike so that when you land a little air, and centripetal force causes the kickstand to move downward a little bit, it doesn't momentarily kill spark to your motor.
Or, cutting the opening on your airbox to allow more air, etc. When I think "farkle", I certainly don't think of blowing a house payment on touratech crap.
Just my $.02
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:52 PM   #43
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Motorcycles are my toys. They are NOT investments. Once something becomes an investment, in my mind it's no longer a toy. I don't really care about fuel mileage, either. The enjoyment I get is well worth the money spent.
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:24 PM   #44
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Function before sparkle for me

12v lighter outlet to run and charge my navigation.
Front axil mount lights (walmart cheepo's) because my headlight doesn't turn with my bars. (necessary for backwoods campsites)
Tank paniers,(weight foreword) and i have lots of shit to cary
PVC pipe toolbox (with adv sticker) cause I break shit all the time

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Old 10-18-2013, 04:48 PM   #45
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the term F_#kle sounds like a sex crime or what Elton John might call his Fart

I refused to do that F word to my bike or even use the word
specially 3 times in a row like the OP did

however I do buy a lot of "crap" I don't actually need for it
You use Elton John, fart, and crap in the same post, and you complain that a word sounds like a sex crime?
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