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Title: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: fartymarty on April 16, 2018, 12:14:27 AM
Trying to generate a little discussion/activity here on the forum.

What is your favorite farkle? For your garage (please be something motorcycle related, not your table saw) ..and for each of your bikes..only one per bike please..we are talking favorites only, not a list of everything you have or plan to get. If you get something you like better, then come back and update it here with a new post. You can tell us why it's your favorite (please do) or just tell us what it is.

I'll start us (<--- notice the unwarranted optimism?) off.

Garage: Park-n-Move, I have an up hill driveway and short legs, if I couldn't turn my Concours 14 around on the Park-n-Move in the garage, I would probably have dropped it twenty times or more just trying to get out for a ride. Now I can just ride it in and then ride it out. It's also great for just moving it out of my way in the garage.

Concours 14: Air Hawk seat cushion, because without it the other farkles would be immaterial, as I couldn't ride for more than 3 hours a day on a trip. So far I've ridden 18 hours on my longest trip in a day on the Air Hawk, and my derriere wasn't anywhere near the top of the list of my many discomforts that night.  (you IBA guys 'n' gals hush, I know 18 hours is just a wink to you. I don't want to hear about it, at least not in this thread. ;D )
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Patmo on April 16, 2018, 07:33:19 AM
Garage....my many framed posters and pictures.  Brightens it up and makes it look like more than just a “garage”.


Bike(s).....my side cases on the FZ6.  Makes it easy to carry extra stuff, like a bottle of water or a snack, when I’m going out riding for a day or taking a weekend trip.  Lockable and waterproof, I keep them on there all the time. 
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: normkern on April 16, 2018, 09:03:31 AM
Favorite farkle on the bike? Have a number that I love but the Russell Day-Long seat would be #1.

Favorite garage thingy? If tools and machinery are out of bounds, I would say the reusable clip-on wheel weights for the FJR fill the bill.

Norm Kern
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: NinjaBob on April 16, 2018, 09:09:35 AM
Seth Laam seat for the Concours, NoMar tire changer in the garage.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: bcd on April 16, 2018, 09:13:53 AM
Garage: air compressor
Super Tenere: probably the Givi Trekker Outback sidecases
Street Triple: Throttle Tamer
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Brick on April 16, 2018, 09:43:31 AM
Garage: The heater in the winter so I can continue to be in the basement. The rest of the year... the pads on the floor so that my knees don’t hurt too bad after being on that hard concrete.

2014 Super Tenere ES: I had the ECU reflashed... it changed the bike completely! It had some on/off throttle abruptness... no more and it made a huge difference between Touring mode and Sport mode!

2015 FJ-09: Cogent Dymamics shock and the work they did to the Forks. So much of an improvement!

1999 SV650: Sargent Seat! Great improvement!

Brick



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Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: RIDEMYST on April 16, 2018, 11:27:15 AM
For the bike:
GPS - I use it all the time.

For the garage:
I would say my bike lift.....makes things much easier to work on.

My 2-cents! -JEP- :)


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Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: RichGrab on April 16, 2018, 11:38:24 AM
For the garage: I wish I had a garage, but only a shed. Battery tender so the bike starts after winter.

For the bike(s): BMW F800GT (2016 Raffle Bike) Panniers just bought. First real use will be going to STAR 2018.
                         '01 VFR - Givi top case, can go where I want and take what I need for a day or a weekend.   
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: fartymarty on April 16, 2018, 01:47:55 PM
OH cool...responses. Great!...OK, now I'll get greedy..

Pictures would be great as well, no not for mundane things like my Air Hawk seat, but photos to go with the quotes below as an example:

Garage....my many framed posters and pictures.  Brightens it up and makes it look like more than just a “garage”.
go over here: https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/ (https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/) and you soon find out that there is no such thing as "just a garage"  ;D
so much activity on that forum that it is almost impossible to keep up with it all.

NoMar tire changer in the garage.
Bob, do these break down (disassemble for storage) like the HF ones do or is yours always out?
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Ok, another one of mine.
Honda Trail 90 (w/125 clone chineesium Lifan engine): Top Box made from Igloo cooler. I cut a hole in the bottom of the Igloo so the vertical part of the rack would fit in it and then slide forward to lock it into position. I also made a block that goes up and down to release it but only if the lid is open. Reinforced the bottom with inside the cooler plywood top and bottom and put a steel rod across for the lid hinge to replace the easily defeatable plastic dimple and nub hinge it came with. It really is a handy addition and I like it much better than soft saddlebags.

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Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: africord on April 16, 2018, 03:25:43 PM
Garage: None.  I'd love the Skylift Pro Package from the ABBA Stands USA site! https://abbastandsusa.com/product-detail.asp?item=pro-sky-lift-package&pid=47

VFR800: Although Rick Mayer is out of business, I appreciate his seat every time I go out.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: HawkGTRider on April 16, 2018, 10:07:39 PM
  (you IBA guys 'n' gals hush, I know 18 hours is just a wink to you. I don't want to hear about it, at least not in this thread. ;D )

18 hours of riding in a day qualifies as a BIG day in anyone's book. I've done more hours on a few occasions, but not often and less now than back when...
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: fartymarty on April 17, 2018, 12:34:48 AM
  (you IBA guys 'n' gals hush, I know 18 hours is just a wink to you. I don't want to hear about it, at least not in this thread. ;D )
Well I've thought about it some more, and I lied was mistaken was mis-quoted ....I recall on that trip now that it took me 18 hours
to get from point a to b, however I obviously stopped for gas and beverage intake and outtake and even stopped to eat while I waited for rush hour
to de-peak at my destination...so in clearer hindsight (get it?... hindsight.... farkle was an Air Hawk?, never mind.) it was probably more like 15-16 hours
of actual riding time.


18 hours of riding in a day qualifies as a BIG day in anyone's book. I've done more hours on a few occasions, but not often and less now than back when...

That's great,.... but Geoffrey, what is your favorite farkle?  :like:  You do have one, right? :)

Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: HawkGTRider on April 17, 2018, 05:54:54 AM
My favorite farkle is anything that makes the bike I'm riding more comfortable or makes my ride more manageable. If I can lump a GPS into that, that's one thing that I want to have on every bike I ride for much of any distance. But I have aftermarket saddles, non-stock windscreens, bar backs or risers, aux fuel tanks, and aux lights on several of my bikes.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: fartymarty on April 17, 2018, 01:26:30 PM
..and for each of your bikes..only one per bike please..we are talking favorites only, not a list of everything you have or plan to get.

My favorite farkle is anything that makes the bike I'm riding more comfortable or makes my ride more manageable. If I can lump a GPS into that, that's one thing that I want to have on every bike I ride for much of any distance. But I have aftermarket saddles, non-stock windscreens, bar backs or risers, aux fuel tanks, and aux lights on several of my bikes.

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 ::) Hmmmm....OK, we'll just put you down for GPS then as your favorite farkle for your F650GS until you tell us differently.  :D
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: NinjaBob on April 17, 2018, 01:33:06 PM
Favorite farkle for KLX250s is the  K&N jet kit that allows me to get it started. ::)
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: doug mcpeek on April 17, 2018, 01:59:02 PM
R1200GS - Bar risers for wrist/hand comfort. (I have 11 aftermarket bits added to this bike.)

DR650S - Clarke gas tank for 180 mile range
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Ride4MS on April 17, 2018, 02:21:13 PM
Bike:  Here is my favorite as of this year with the weather.
Garage:  Too many to list with the 28'X 50" heated garage.  Best thing I did was to add on about 9 years ago.





Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Ride4MS on April 17, 2018, 02:26:03 PM
Garage photos:

Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Patmo on April 17, 2018, 06:24:04 PM
The walls of my garage area for bikes
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Patmo on April 17, 2018, 06:28:00 PM
Some closeups of my motorcycle toy collection and a couple of the rarer posters.  I’ve got hundreds of other posters stored in my basement, that I’ve picked up at various races and shows over the years.  None of those are especially rare, but many are signed.  I’ve picked up most of my pictures, posters, and signs that I’ve put up, from antique stores and flea markets.  My basement holds my workshop and has a walkout, so I do most of my work down in that area.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: fartymarty on April 17, 2018, 07:06:38 PM
If tools and machinery are out of bounds, I would say the reusable clip-on wheel weights for the FJR fill the bill.

Weeeellll, not exactly, if you can find a way to realistically describe how your garage farkle is very important to your riding of your motorcycle then go for it.

For instance if you say your table saw is your favorite garage farkle because you love to sit on it (hopefully with the blade lowered, but whatever) and drink coffee
while you stare at your motorcycles then I'd have to say no, it doesn't count. However if you mention your South Bend lathe because you are constantly using it to make
parts to adapt farkles originally designed for more popular bikes to your somewhat rarer model then of course, yes it counts.  So Norm, got anything like that to displace those
clip on wheel weights down a notch? (No, I'm not saying your FJR is a rarer model, it was just a generic example.)
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Brick on April 17, 2018, 08:40:11 PM
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Some photos of my garage.


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Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Patmo on April 17, 2018, 08:52:26 PM
Brick certainly has a sweet setup!
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: tunerider335 on April 18, 2018, 07:33:24 AM
Brick certainly has a sweet setup!
Garage...  Man cave/bar built on the end of the garage...

Bike: KTM 1190 Adventure....  Cyclops LED headlight.....  Stock light projects about 6” in front of the bike.  ;0)


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Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: fartymarty on April 18, 2018, 09:09:40 AM
Brick certainly has a sweet setup!

Sure does, motorcycles, a sofa , and a bathroom. Life is just fairer to some.  ;)
http://www.ridemsta.com/mstaforums/index.php?topic=1433.0 (http://www.ridemsta.com/mstaforums/index.php?topic=1433.0)
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: RichGrab on April 18, 2018, 11:23:10 AM
Brick certainly has a sweet setup!
Well, yours ain't too shabby either, and I'm jealous of both you guys. Love both setups and maybe someday I'll have something like it. :)

 :trink39: :clap:
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Brick on April 18, 2018, 10:11:23 PM
Yes I’m a lucky dog. I had many not so nice motorcycle storage units prior to my current bike shop. When I retired and we built this house I took my opportunity to set it up as nicely as I could. I shot a few more photos today to show it a bit better. BTW... if Ray Kang were to post pictures of his garage you would see the ultimate garage!

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Brick


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Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Patmo on April 19, 2018, 06:06:41 AM
Yeah...Ray’s is enough to give anyone garage envy.  And don’t for forget Tom Bartels...the Garage Majal.  Many of us have been very blessed in our lives.  But it’s also been a process for many of us.  Garage space has been either nonexistent or at a premium for much of my life.  I’m sure it’s been the same for most.

What I’ve really always wanted to do is buy an old fire station and live in it!  Fix the upstairs up real nice and keep the downstairs garage for bikes and cars.  I also know of a couple of people that have bought property, put up a pole barn, and lived in it.  1/2 of it house, and 1/2 of it garage.  I could live in that!

Back to the farkles though....

I did put an air hawk on my FZ6 last year and have found that, after I got the air pressure right, it has absolutely increased my riding range.  Even though I have had a Corbin seat on the bike, it’s never been as good as it is now. 
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: PF Flyers on April 19, 2018, 05:35:47 PM
What's a garage? Wish I had one. Had one once but wife filled it with junk.

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Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: HawkGTRider on April 19, 2018, 11:53:28 PM
Ok...so maybe my second most favorite farkle is a GPS. Having a garage where the bikes live, even if it means the cars sit outside 24/7, is my #1 farkle (if you can call it that).


My good friend, Randy Logan, having quit riding, surprised me the other day when I stopped by to see him. He had his "old" Zumo 660 packed up and ready to go and offered it to me if I'd take it with me. I took him up on the offer.


Last year I acquired a Zumo 395, and I'm trying to learn how it operates. Add the 660, which is different in many respects, adds another thing to learn. My old StreetPilot 2610s, 2720s, & 2730s may start getting less use. We'll see.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: NinjaBob on April 20, 2018, 08:51:04 AM
Funny how whenever Garmin adds a new feature to a unit it loses one or more that you miss.
After 3 years I have gotten used to my 390 but still not sure I understand how it calculates a route. I do like the tire pressure monitor.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Steve on April 21, 2018, 09:07:04 AM
My wife!
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: HawkGTRider on April 23, 2018, 09:48:35 PM
Boom! No way to top that.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: stevegrab on April 30, 2018, 03:27:06 PM
Boom! No way to top that.
Unless you're still single ;)

Favorite garage item, well the half that is open to park bikes for starters :)  but honestly just having the space, room to work on them and still get my car inside. The air compressor is nice too.

VFR - after market voltage meter, a must after my R/R failure
Sprint - after market seat, great comfort
Ninja - hard top case, my first bike with a hard bag and now every bike I own has one.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: fartymarty on May 01, 2018, 03:27:09 PM
Unless you're still single ;)

BOOM Boom Boom BOOM, bang bang bang bang  ♫♪ ♩, oops...sorry..got to channeling John Lee Hooker in my head for a minute there...

What I meant to say:

Boom! Boom! (the mic' bounced) No way to top That!  ;D
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: STLTHMSTA on May 11, 2018, 01:32:22 PM
Well, I can't complain but I can't compete either. Over stuffed with junk garage that DOES have 4 motorcycles in one side. Still dreaming of a smaller house, smaller yard (but gotta have space for our new dog) and a bigger garage.

Bike: A tie between my ancient MC Cruise on the ST and a Staintune slip-on on the VFR.

Garage: No-Mar tire changer (still need some lessons from Susan, lol) and an air compressor.


Brick and Ms. P.......... remind me to send you pics of the dog, Tesla.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: RichGrab on May 11, 2018, 04:22:15 PM

Bike: A tie between my ancient MC Cruise on the ST and a Staintune slip-on on the VFR.


That Staintune sure sounds sweet on the VFR. I've got one on my 2001 model.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Doug Just Doug on May 14, 2018, 02:52:23 PM
Bike:  Hmmmm, never really thought of farkles in terms of a favorite, but since I always add luggage right away to a new bike, I guess that would be it. So for my current ride, that's my Givi E-22 panniers and Givi V-47 top case, all on SW-Motech racks/mounts.

Garage:  Favorite bike-related item....may be my Motion Pro chain slack adjuster.  https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0674
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: fartymarty on May 23, 2018, 12:50:53 AM
Bike:  Hmmmm, never really thought of farkles in terms of a favorite, ...

Well we're just trying out new things here, but it seems you managed to do it. Thanks. 8)

Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: Smaug on April 30, 2019, 04:52:46 PM
Beadrider seat covers. Can't enjoy touring very much when one's butt goes to sleep and gets hot and swampy


I've got them for both bikes, my office chair and my car seat.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: doug mcpeek on April 30, 2019, 09:23:09 PM
It is now the MC Cruise electronic cruise control that I installed on the 2015 FJ09.  So nice in town and on long straight roads.

I also love the K-Tech suspension, Sargent seat and locking hard luggage.
Least favorite = Yamaha heated grips.  They burn the right hand on the middle setting and barely do anything for the left.  They should have figured this out.  I've had heated grips on three other bikes (2 BMW's and an aftermarket set) without this happening.
Title: Re: What is your favorite farkle?
Post by: bcd on May 01, 2019, 10:59:34 AM
Least favorite = Yamaha heated grips.  They burn the right hand on the middle setting and barely do anything for the left.  They should have figured this out.  I've had heated grips on three other bikes (2 BMW's and an aftermarket set) without this happening.

I wonder if yours are defective. The factory heated grips on my S10 work very well, and evenly.