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Amount spent farkling (sp?) a bike

Im about to commit to spending a not insignificant sum on getting my Versys to the absolute of where I want it with respect to mods/add-ons/farkle and it has me curious: what's the most you've ever spent on this for one bike in total?

I started with hard bags, footpeg lowering, handlebar riser, windshield that sucks less than stock, and most recently added a rear rack for a giving trunk... now im looking to actually buy that trunk to go with the rack, a back rest add on for the passenger, crash bars, highway pegs (knees KILL me on 250+ mile days, even with the lowered pegs), additional lighting for night riding, tank bag set... just a TON of crap...

And the more I think about the expenditures needed to get to that point, the closer I cone to talking myself out of the whole thing lol

With my future riding intentions, I think the comfort would be worth it... but Geez, they really rake you over the coals when you want to buy anything considered a motorcycle only product!

Anyway, /rant.

What about all of you? Where did you draw the line? If I go forward with everything I have planned, i'll have spent half as much as the total cost of the bike on farkle!
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Yea the price can get up there real quick. When i first bought my versys i never thought i would add all the stuff i did but it really made it a bike that fits me and my needs. I haven't drawn the line yet just haven't seen anything else i just have to have....

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Yea the price can get up there real quick. When i first bought my versys i never thought i would add all the stuff i did but it really made it a bike that fits me and my needs. I haven't drawn the line yet just haven't seen anything else i just have to have....
Amen- I didn't think that I would be doing all the farkling, but about $2,500 later I am still going strong. Just bought the Aprilla mirrors yesterday.
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If you have any basic mechanic skills and desire, you can make alot of this stuff on your own... i may have $200 max in upgrades, alot of time mind you but very little money
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It doesn't seem like much a few dollars at a time... but when you add it all up I'm getting close to $1700

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If you add up all the stuff in my website pics excluding GPS, Escort, driving lights, RAM Mounts, Airhawk, which go from bike to bike, you'll probably count around $2K. Most of that are the bags and Baldwin seat and windshield. I spent $4,400 on the bike itself a month or so ago.

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Either you keep the bike and get the money's worth out of every thing you put into it to make riding more enjoyable, or, if you defarkle the bike before selling it, you recoup a good % of what you spent.

I was really thinking of the total cost of my Givi racks and bags before hitting the Order button -- until I realized I had just sold just the trunk from my Harley for $700. Seems any bike I gear up to be 1,000 mile/day ready requires a bunch of accessories and storage for my Gerbings gear, tools, etc.

For just $6,400 total, I have a great ride.

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Just curious about your impressions of the handle bar risers and foot peg lowering kit. I'm OK with the stock position of the bars while seated but find they are too low to stand on the pegs. I'm 5'11". Also my knees hurt more than any other part after a long ride. How is the lowering kit for this?
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Speedy's peg lowerers and handlebar risers are pretty good. I'm a little over 6 ft though and on the REALLY long distance stuff, I need a little more stretch room.

I noticed a great improvement in my 300-400 mile days, but over that, I need to add some highway pegs or something :\

Quality on both products from Speedy is top notch btw.

EDIT: I just realized I didn't answer your question. With BOTH of these installed, I am able to stand on the pegs and still reach the handlebars comfortably. Long arms though, so take that for what you will. I do find myself occasionally standing in the wind at 70mph or so to get the blood flowing back to all the places it should be on occasion :-)

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I feel like if I had bought a bike that was dedicated to just doing ONE task spectacularly well, I'd be spending a lot less on farkle.

For instance, as I wouldn't take a CBR long distance touring or anything dirt related, no need for any saddlebags (tank bag or trunk at most) or dirt protection. If I had a cruiser, I'd not be doing any kind of aggressive riding, so no need for anything that would go for that route. If I had a sport touring bike... Well, it'd probably already have most of the stuff I'd want and I'd have spent significantly more on the cycle and have a significantly more heavy bike.

Since I went for a "jack-of-all trades" bike, I feel inclined to farkle a great deal more I think. I want it to do ALL THE THINGZ!

We'll see how it pans out
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Oh. I don't even want to know what I've spent on mods & add-ons. There are times when ignorance really bliss. But then, it's my bike and it's just like I want it -well, almost.

Now, where did I hide that spare cash?

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Speedy's peg lowerers and handlebar risers are pretty good. I'm a little over 6 ft though and on the REALLY long distance stuff, I need a little more stretch room.

I noticed a great improvement in my 300-400 mile days, but over that, I need to add some highway pegs or something :\

Quality on both products from Speedy is top notch btw.

EDIT: I just realized I didn't answer your question. With BOTH of these installed, I am able to stand on the pegs and still reach the handlebars comfortably. Long arms though, so take that for what you will. I do find myself occasionally standing in the wind at 70mph or so to get the blood flowing back to all the places it should be on occasion :-)


I have the motowerk highway peg mounts .... http://shop.motowerkcalifornia.com/H...HWPMT-RevB.htm

Along with these pegs... http://www.motoshop.net/mm5/merchant...ory_Code=RIVCO

They work great and a very simple install.

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I have about $3000 in extras on my Versys, some of it I got back (buy and sell exhaust) and some of it is in the pile of broken dreams, like my backrest.

The most I spent on one bike besides the initial cost of the bike is $7000 to restore a 1972 Ducati 750 Sport. I bought all new old stock parts, or had them custom built (bubble fairing). I had to sell the bike (to help with going to college with the profit) , but it was a project bike anyway.


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I imagine before im done, i'll have somewhere in the neighborhood of 3k in the Versys as well. The only way I can justify it is by enjoying it every day there isn't a threat of ice or snow :-)

And that shouldn't be all that hard given the time of year in addition to the unseasonably mild winters we've been getting. I think heated gear still needs to be kept on the "things to buy" list, hopefully before fall/winter hits. 20F rides to work aren't very enjoyable with just coveralls under the motogear lol
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Sitting on a tall pad or getting the seat redone an inch taller might buy you something similar to adding someting to lower the pegs an inch. I have both, as well as the earlier-mentioned highway peg brackets.

You can also do the $0.50 solution that so many have done to raise the front of the seat with longer bolts, washers, and a cross piece made out of scrap. I just did this, although on my last Versys I didn't need to--probably because my Airhawk Pad from Derby Cycles is in the trunk.

Speaking of cheap, I haven't wanted to blow $600 (at Bike Bandit) on a Garmin Zumo 660 GPS, just so my single-bluetooth-connection Cardo Scala Rider G4 can listen to directions as well as make calls. I can't do this with my $400 Zumo 220 motorcycle GPS. (I was also watching for the Sena's headset forthcoming 2-device firmware and also wondering if a big ipad on the tank bag would work.)

Someone on IronButt.com also didn't want to spend big bucks either and bought a $129 5" Garmin 1450LMT GPS and Ram Mount Aquabox 6. I decided to go that route and sell my Zumo 220 after I get it all hooked up.

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My Versys has been relatively cheap to farkle so far, compared to my 12GS beemer. That baby cost me in excess of 2000 (about $3170) to get it how I wanted it.

Good luck exploring the infinite abyss
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I try to keep all my Farkles / Mods under $3000 on any of my bikes because that is what my insurance covers without having to add extra coverage.

Still on my list for the Versys is the rear hugger, Vario Screen, Tool Tubes, and some type of seat mod or replacement seat.

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I just ordered my first set of "farkles"...

Got a Pyramid Plastics rear tire hugger and their fender extender. Also got the rear fender eliminator.

That should make the rear end look pretty damn nice!

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My Versys has been relatively cheap to farkle so far, compared to my 12GS beemer. That baby cost me in excess of 2000 (about $3170) to get it how I wanted it.
Not to mention the Bike itself cost at least 3x the amount of the Versys.

and OP I am in the same boat.
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PP.053420 Fenda Extenda fender extender by Pyramid Plastics Kawasaki Versys 650, '07-'09 $39.99 $39.99

GPT.00.152.400 SW-MOTECH Alu-Rack Topcase Adapter Plate (TraX ALU-BOX topcase) $40.00 $40.00

GPT.08.391.100BR01 SW-MOTECH Alu-Rack Toprack (Kawasaki ER6F / ER6N, '06-'08, Ninja 650R, '06-'08 & Versys 650, '07-'09) for Givi, TraX

ALU-BOX, & Krauser topcases $180.00 $180.00

MSS.08.712.10000.B SW-MOTECH aluminum engine guard/skidplate (Kawasaki Versys '07-'09 and '10 & later) $229.99 $229.99

SBL.08.508.100 SW-MOTECH Crashbars/Engine Guards (Kawasaki Versys 650, '07-'09 & '10-'12) $209.99 $209.99

NSW.08.004.10100.B SW-Motech Auxiliary Light Mount (Kawasaki Versys, '07-'09) $55.00 $55.00

FRS.08.011.10000.S SW-MOTECH On-Road/Off-Road Footpegs (Kawasaki Versys '07- & Z1000 '07-'09 &'10-) $158.99 $158.99

KFT.00.152.200 TraX Adapter kit for SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock EVO sidecarriers $26.00 $26.00

KFT.08.725.20000.B SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock Sidecarrier (Kawasaki Versys 650, '07-'10) Evo Style $284.99 $284.99

ALK.EVO.38TD TraX 38-liter EVO ALU-BOX topcase, powdercoated black or aluminum $404.99 $404.99

Description Price
Base Price $379.99
Choose Color B-Black powder coated finish $25.00

Subtotal: $2,309.92
Shipping and handling: $103.18
Total: $2,413.10


thats about it.

maybe some bars and risers oh and wider pegs.

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I agree with the comments about having a bike that's pretty much designed for what you want it to do already.

Then the farkling should be pretty minimal, hopefully. My case, I'm needing an around town bike, and a tail bag and back pack are all that's needed for carry *most* of the time.

Any long distance touring I have planned will have to be accommodated by some Cortech soft bags I just got. Not the most ideal thing, but for how little I do, they can be made to work.

Guess I've just had too many bikes, with all these grand plans of touring etc etc, but they never quite materialized. That can get pretty expensive...
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