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Offline magic

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Re: What do you consider your "best" farkle???
« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2016, 09:01:51 pm »
I tend to go for the ergonomic farkles and modifications first. After all, you need to be comfortable on your bike. The performance, storage and suspension can come later. After several longer rides, you will have a better idea what you really want. I am 6'4" and have never been really comfortable on a stock bike. My first batch of farkles for my S10 were: Sargent seat with seat mod, 30mm handlebar risers, Wunderlich adjustable shift lever, taller wind screen, height adjustable SWM footpegs and the rear brake lever extension. I wear size 14 boots and just couldn't get along with the stock foot controls. Next came the crash bars, skid plate, rear rack etc.. My bike came with the Yamaha panniers, skid plate and crash bars. With the exception of the panniers, all have been replaced with aftermarket products.

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Re: What do you consider your "best" farkle???
« Reply #31 on: January 01, 2017, 07:53:58 am »
Best farkle  for me was a screen extension, eBay special from Russia that was less than £30 (sterling) can ride at 80mph with visor open. 
I have a givi top box and I'm thinking of side cases next, I'm might do Givi Monokey racks as they very narrow 22L cheap cases and decent sized Trekker cases that use same mounts, can cover commuting and a big trip that way.

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Re: What do you consider your "best" farkle???
« Reply #32 on: January 01, 2017, 11:49:03 am »
I see no link  :'(

DOH!  I copied but forgot to paste.  Here you go:
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Re: What do you consider your "best" farkle???
« Reply #33 on: January 02, 2017, 08:13:55 pm »
My first mod was the Altrider universal joint guard; it will keep your pant leg from catching and preventing putting your foot down.

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Re: What do you consider your "best" farkle???
« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2017, 11:50:21 am »

Few things I've looked at:
Riser (For sure want to buy)
-I'm 6'4", 280ish lbs and I ride with the stock seat on high.  Every time I ride I feel like I'm sitting differently in the seat even though I try and sit in the same spot.  I'm 99% sure my bars aren't in the correct location for my build.  I'm always leaded over a little to reach the bars, if I sit up straight I'm probebly 2" away from the controls.  Being a "new rider" I really don't know how it should feel, but I do know it does not feel like I think it should.  Handbar input just seems off to me when trying to corner.  I've looked at so many rises it makes my head spin, so many options and it looks like some aren't compatible with the 2014+ because of an angle.  Replacing clutch/break lines makes me INCREDIBLY nervous as I've never done it before.  I would have zero issues if I just had someone able to watch me to make sure I did not do something that would kill me lol

There is nothing wrong with leaning forward a little. I'm 6'3" 270 with a long torso and long arms, and the stock position is great for me. That said, this is a highly personal area where everyone will have a different opinion. All I'm getting at is that the mere fact that you are not vertical when riding is not, in and of itself, evidence of a problem.

the seat: ya, it sucks. Get a new one. My advice is to not screw around, and just get a Russell Day Long seat. it's $100 or $200 more than other options, but it is by _far_ the best seat. If you aren't ever going to take longer rides and really want to save money while improving the seat, hit up Terry's Custom Seats in TN (google him). Incredibly reasonable pricing, good seat builds, and super nice guy.

Givi Crash Bars  Best value on crash bars, by _far_. It's not even close.

Skid Plate
-I really don't like the factory "protection", even for street driving.  I have been known to jump a few curbs to get a photo or two of my bike ;-)  I've looked pretty hard at the Rumbux system, but I think its overkill for what I really need.  I've looked at the Givi and while it is a little less protection it does not look like it would give enough protection.

You don't need protection, you have ground clearance. I jumped roughly 9 million curbs on my various non-ADV moto-courrier bikes when I was a kid courriering in San Fran, and I never came close to smacking up the motor, ever. Save your money unless you're going to ride off-road.

-I get nails in my tires like no mans business...  No idea why as I'm on streets all the time, but I've gotten more flats on motorcycles than I have in my cars in the past 15 years.  Only TPMS system I've really looked at closely is the RRR Tools one, only because its been mentioned here many times.  I've looked at the Garmin ones, but they seem to have lots of issue with being accurate.  I know so people will say to just check your tires before you ride every day, but realistically I might do it twice a week.

Excellent farkle for a daily commuter.

Side Cases
-I'm so on the fence with side cases.  If I did get some, they would prob be the Givi Outbacks in black to match my top case.  I would love to have the extra storage, my top box is getting filled with more junk monthly lol  But in CA we can split lanes, and in San Diego its almost required if you are wearing full gear during the summer.  So I just don't know even if I did buy the side cases if I would keep them on to make it worth the $1400 price tag they come with.

Here again, no reason to spend that kind of money. Look at the Brooks Autosports jobbers. I've seen them in person, and they're perfectly good kit at a fraction of the cost of the Givi stuff (and other various boutique brands).


Aux Lights/LED Bar
-Another area where I really have no idea what fits what and where.  I was looking at the Baja Designs lights, but even those I could not really figure out which ones would actually mount to the bike.  My main goal with the lights would be for driving and to make myself more visible.  If I got the crash bars I think I would prefer something that would mount on those just to widen my profile to oncoming traffic.

If you want DRLs, you can do that for very short money. I have a set of Ebay $15 specials that I spent an additional $5 on for yellow vinyl film, that work really well as DRLs (link below). If you want lights that will improve nighttime hi-beam performance, do yourself a favor and go with either the Rigid 4 element lights, a Rigid light bar (bolts easily under the headlight) or the Vision X Optimus 3.7 LEDs. I've tested roughly 27,22 vairious cheaper LED driving lights, and for various reasons, they all suck.

Cheapo/awesome DRLs -

Appreciate you reading my wall of text :)  I have done a lot of research and video watching, but there are just so many cool options out there and prob more that I've not even thought of.

No problem :)
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Re: What do you consider your "best" farkle???
« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2017, 09:19:03 pm »
1. Luggage, since I commute on the bike and hate riding with a back pack.
2. Crash bars, when the luggage comes off crash bars make me feel more bold on the trails.

After that all the other stuff is just meh.

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Re: What do you consider your "best" farkle???
« Reply #36 on: January 06, 2017, 06:01:21 pm »

Thanks for those links and product suggestions!  I've not seen those bags or the crash bars before, the bars look pretty impressive in comparison to the SW bars I was going to buy.

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Re: What do you consider your "best" farkle???
« Reply #37 on: January 06, 2017, 07:34:44 pm »
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