Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Observations about the new farkles

Emi, my DR650, sure looks nice with all the new farkles (functional items that sparkle).
The Richochet skid plate hasn't been put to use, but should provide good protection for the engine. Likewise for the Procycle engine armor. The Procycle low and wide footpegs are nice. Having them fixed to the frame without bushings provides a more connected feeling. The lower hight means more leg room for me when seated. Also the lower hight translates to a lower center of gravity and enhanced manuverability when standing.
The Pat Walsh rear rack seems functional, durable and adds little weight. Also, it did not require me to relocate the indicator lights or grab handles. The Tail light kit looks clean. I think that the lower profile will result in a lower probability that it will get damaged.
The Seat Concepts seat is simply awesome. The interior foam appears to be memory foam and is really comfy. I did a test ride of 200 miles and could have riden more. Literally this will save my a**.
The Fly tapered handlebar is wider and higher by about 1 and 1/2 inches translating to better control and greater comfort. The Protaper clamps raise the bars perhaps an additional 1/4 inch. When installing the clamps I had to use the stock bolts because the new bolts would not easily fit into the fork bushings.
The Moose handguards should allow me to keep all of my digits in tack. I think they look clean. The Procycle throttle tube is suppose to improve throttle response, but honestly I cannot tell the difference. The Protaper grips do the job, but are nothing special. The BikeMaster folding bar end mirrors are great. They extend my rear view and are slightly convex which allows me to see a wider angle. I'll fold them away when things get dodgie. The Crampbuster cruise assist should make long distance cruising a liitle bit less fatiguing.

In total it probably took me around 12 hours to install everything.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with all the modifications. What do y'all think?


  1. This is the first time I've ever seen the word farckles. Now thinking about how to incorporate this into my daily speech.

  2. And... it's both a noun and a verb. For example, "I installed some new farckles on my bike." Or, "I'm going to farckle my bike.". It's very useful.

  3. haha, "farckles" was my fave part of the post.. and ditto everything sharon said :)

  4. (btw it's spelled "farkles" - http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=farkle)


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