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What are your favorite and least favorite farkles

[QUOTE=twowheels;918577]What are your favorite and least favorite farkles? Like to hear what other people's opinions are.

Here's mine, in order of appreciation, at least as of today:
- SW-Motech crash bars - have prevented a lot of damage in a few tip overs
- Givi rear lockable box - handy for commuting
- Givi touring windshield - improves air flow and appearance
- tank bag - handy to carry coffee and small items
- Cortech soft saddle bags - added for the occasional camping trip
- steel braided brake lines - improves front brake feel, offers noticeable improvement over stock lines
- cargo net - cheap (< $10) and handy to have stored under seat for use when you need to carry bulky items
- rear tire hugger - keeps crap off of spring/shock and power regulator heat sink (which may possibly prevent thermal issues)

Least favorite
- Barkbuster hand guards, I actually thought these were OK up until I installed my steel braided brake lines. Installing these causes two lines rather than just one to connect to the brake reservoir, which means you need to modify the inside attachment of the right guard. This was easy and cost maybe $2 in parts. Problem is it now hits my Givi shield on a hard left turn. They also interfere with using a 12V outlet in your dash.

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Favorite: Givi windscreen, Givi V-35 hard cases and Speedy's foot peg lowering kit. Least favorite: Texas registration sticker -costly.

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What are your favorite and least favorite farkles? Like to hear what other people's opinions are.

Here's mine, at least as of today:
- SW-Motech crash bars, rear lockable box, tank bag, soft saddle bags (added for the occasional camping trip); least favorite would be hand guards (because they cause steering and install interference with power outlet, SS braided brake lines, and Givi windshield on my bike) and don't provide much added functionality for street riding.
My $5 throttle lock. It's somewhat functional, but more of an eyesore and a bit of a PITA to use.
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favorite:
-denali D4's, they look good and are bloody bright
-givi trekker paniers and top case, again they look awesome and hold a ton
-garmin 660 & touratech mount
-MRA x-creen, no comparison to the stock screen, lots of protection and doesn't look out of place
least:
-givi trekker paniers, I should have ordered the 33l instead of the 46l....the larger cases are just too big and from the lessons learned from the trip I know to pack a whole lot less next time

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What are your favorite and least favorite farkles

Favorite: All - the list will always be too long!

Least Favorite : Is there such a thing!! Sometimes you have to try different types or brands of the same thing to fit your individual needs - Seats, windshields, cruise control, etc. Or your panniers for example. That's part of the fun and EXPENSE of all of it. Some people like what others don't. I guess my least favorite is needing all my favorites! Spent too much but the end is near!!


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Leo Vince EVO SBK II underbody exhaust
My brand new AU$50 Kaoko cruise control
Speedy's Anti Vibration riser
Speedy's Peg lowering blocks
Speedy's mirror extenders
Speedy's Flat foot
Speedy's highway peg mounts V2 - cost me AU$45
Pu.ssy Grips (Grip Puppies)
Healtech GIPro DS Gear Indicator
Healtech Shift Light Pro
Garmin 590LM GPS
Garmin Virb and Virb Elite Action Cameras
Madstad 20" Sports Screen
SW-Motec crash bars
PowerCommander V with Autotune 200
Pro-Oiler electric controlled chain oiler
Thermo-Bob
Rear pick up spools
Screaming Banshee 139dB Air Horn - yet to be mounted
Seat Concepts seat foam and cover
Front fender extender
Rear hugger
Cyclops 20W H7 LED Headlight modules

-least:
Onmi Cruise control - as I bought the Kaoko for $50 a few months later
Speedy's highway peg mounts V1 (cali model) bulky clamp
Kawasaki Touring rack for V35 paniers - cannot add a rear rack due to all-in-one design - bloody ugly cage
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Most Fave: Givi E21 side cases. Solid, economical, use them everyday.

Least Fave: PowerMadd handguards, didn't do much good, and metal parts rusted immediately. Tossed 'em.

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I like all of my Farkels. I use the Givi 35V cases all of the time. The SW Mototech skid plate and Givi Crashbars looks great and work!! Top box looks great and holds and spare helmet. Barkbuster VPS saved my hand in a gravel lay down.
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Favorite farkle so far is the Stebel nautilus air horn. Loud as hell, and saved my life a few times when long island princesses, or teenagers who text suddenly veered into my lane.
Gipro gear indicator, nice to know where I am going into corners
Givi e52 maxia top box. lord I love this thing. never have to carry a backpack, and a weeks worth of food fit in there along with my first-aid and small toolkit, plus assorted energy bars, hard candy, and 5 hour energy bottles(for those long night rides back home.)
barkbusters vps,
denali d4's- light so much light everywhere I need or want to look at
2 brothers vale slip on exhaust, simply sounds amazing!
ram mounts assorted holders, lets me use cell phone as a navigation unit, and also a great cupholder.
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- Airhawk Pad
- Omni-Cruise Throttle Lock
- LSL Frame Sliders (Used as occasional foot rests)
- Barkbusters
- Garmin 660 GPS
- Happy Trails Owyhee Panniers
- Rear Rack (ktmduals)
- Pelican Top Box
- Expanded Toolkit
- Fuzeblock
- Skene Design Aux Brake Lighting
- 12V Aux Power Receptical
- Radiator Shield
- Front fender extender
- Rear hugger

Least Favorite:
- Twisted Throttle Pillion Bag (no longer used)

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My favorite is the one I'm about ready to do:

1. Water Temp Gage and relay (and verify all my temps w/IR laser temp gun),
2. Voltage light (multicolor/multivoltage) and relay (on one side of my Water temp gage to light it up :-),
3. Multiple Battery level light (on one side of my Water temp gage to light it up :-),
4. USB charger wired on Battery Tender wires to my trunk for charging while riding,
5. Dual horn harness with relay installed for a$$ blasting pleasure,
6. Idle bumped up to 1500 rpm while checking V, battery charge lights to verify the correct rpm level,
7. Adjust my sit-down lag to 3/4" to 1" on my Progressive rear shock to see if I need a new dual spring (my brand new barely used one was never checked and may be good - still $200 shipped!?!), and
8. Battery juice level and cells checked.

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PROBABLY my WOLO Bad Boy horn (originally a Stebel Nautilus, till IT died!) which HAS saved my 'bacon' a few times when someone was sliding into MY lane till I hit the horn button...

....THEN almost rolled their vehicle getting out of the way of, what they thought, was a SEMI!!!


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Most fav:
- RAM mount for cellphone and gps
- Kappa 35L side cases
- OGIO 20L tail bag (used for day trips or short commutes)

Neutral:
- MRA x-creen (have not used it enough to be happy or disappointed)

Least fav (but very useful):
- radiator guard


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Best: Wouldn't even want to ride it again without a windscreen that reduces buffeting & good tires (in my case usually a Power front and Road rear).

Worst: R1 shock. Improvement over stock but even properly sprung not enough improvement to justify. Next time would go straight to a quality aftermarket unit.
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Ah yes, tires! I just got a brand new pair of Michelin Pilot Power.... they are a lot stickier than the stock tires!

I see that there are a few of you with the Givi touring windscreen. How is it? Does it deflect all the wind off your helmet?
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Ah yes, tires! I just got a brand new pair of Michelin Pilot Power.... they are a lot stickier than the stock tires!

I see that there are a few of you with the Givi touring windscreen. How is it? Does it deflect all the wind off your helmet?
No, but it's a hell of a lot better than the stock, it's still pretty slip-stream, and it's cheap. I'm going to put my Givi Airflow scoop on it when I get a chance and then it will be the ultimate leave your face shield up to 80 mph; but the tall Givi is good enough for now



** Oh yeah Good thread 2 wheels! There is a lot of valuable information I wish I had before I plunged on a couple of items. Oh well, you can't win them all.

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For me, favorite is Sargent lowered seat. Then in order:
Givi Monokey top case (47l.)
Battery tender quick disconnect
12v. accessory outlet, using factory relay and SW outlet
Factory tank bag
Pyramid fenda extenda
rear wheel spools
I have the Kaw mini tail trunk, found that used, probably my least favorite of the mods. Not because I didn't know it was rather small, but because it hampered mounting given my "inseam impairment."

Nothing I've added I don't like so far, although I haven't had opportunity to use the rear wheel spools yet. I've had my leftover 2013 since May, just turned 3100 miles and have gotten some great riding time in through some beautiful Pennsylvania countryside. Come fall, gonna go with some AME heated grips and may look at a different windscreen. Also can't wait to wear out these stock tires. I'm working on it!
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