Author Topic: Just one Farkle in the budget  (Read 6004 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline TrenchFighter

  • Road Bike
  • ***
  • Posts: 400
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 9986
  • Membership Level: Expired - Expired Term
Just one Farkle in the budget
« on: April 15, 2012, 11:55:18 am »
My funds for maint/farkles have been limited by some other things happening in my life requiring my motorcycle money!

I have gotten all of the maintenance done, Carbs by SISF, new valve cover gaskets, brake/clutch lines bled, valve adjustment, flushed and filled coolant, all new fuel hoses, oil and filter and new tires waiting to be put on as well as now fork seals.

Now, I am ready for a major farkle...and cant decide which to choose. I intend to ride this bike to the Nat'l Rally and to do some Iron Butt rides this year. I will use it as a commuter, I enjoy riding at night, and I intend to rack up the miles. I like to ride off the beaten path and also prefer motorcycle camping as opposed to staying in a hotel.

So my choices are:
- Cruise Control
- Lighting upgrades
- Crash Bars
- GPS

What would you purchase and why?
Feels great to be riding again!!!

Offline ChipDoc

  • Sport Tourer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2706
  • Work to ride - Ride to work!
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 9934
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012, 12:03:52 pm »
That's a tough choice, TF. 

GPS is wonderful if you're intending to drive through large chunks of the country you've never seen before.  You really can't get particularly lost if you have one and the new ones have all sorts of cool info available - where's the nearest gas station?  The GPS knows.

But for me it'd have to be Cruise Control.  I used mine all the time, even on the commute to work, and on the long runs it was really great.  I really need to see about getting it off of my '02 and putting it into my '04.

And believe me, the lights and tip-over bars wouldn't be far behind.  You're going to enjoy whatever you get - cool!

Offline Mcfly

  • Stayin' for the people....
  • Iron Butt
  • *****
  • Posts: 3961
  • What've I done!?
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 9921
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2012, 01:19:03 pm »

So my choices are:
- Cruise Control
- Lighting upgrades
- Crash Bars
- GPS

What would you purchase and why?

My preference as to order:
(3)- Cruise Control
(1)- Lighting upgrades
(2)- Crash Bars
(4)- GPS

Lights are great for conspicuity, day or night, being seen is my 1st priority.
(Tip over bars are a good place to mount said lights, so a wee bit of conflict here, lol)
Tip overs are probably my next investment, and good money spent to protect from
the inevitable.
Cruise control and GPS are 'luxuries' to me.  I can use my iPhone if I lose my way,
so Cruise control takes third place.  (ihave a poor man's cc, Throttlerocker.)

Whatever you choose, and it should be YOUR choice, they're all great farkles!
2016 BMW S1000XR Premium in Alpine White aka 'Spooky'

SOLD: 2006 Concours aka "Connie"

FL/SE Assistant Area Director

Offline TrenchFighter

  • Road Bike
  • ***
  • Posts: 400
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 9986
  • Membership Level: Expired - Expired Term
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2012, 01:50:15 pm »
Thanks for the great input, your insight is exactly what I'm looking for.

The problem is that there are great arguments for every mod! I did a great ride from Detroit to Key west on an R6, no Gps, no Cruise, no additional lighting, and it was a great trip, printed off the google maps directions and off I went! I had a throttle rocker and I thought it was the best upgrade I ever had! So I know I can use that and be happy. I know I can go without any of these but I would like to upgrade SOMETHING......therein lies the problem!
Feels great to be riding again!!!

Offline oldsawfiler

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1819
  • AREA: Northwest Area
  • COG#: 8062
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2012, 02:06:41 pm »
I started with a Cat O-ring for a cruse control.  About $10 at your local Caterpillar dealer.  Not a perfect control, but for the price works good enough.  Mine holds speed for plenty long enough to stretch the hand and even rest it on my knee for a bit if the road is fairly level.  It adds a little friction between the grip and the barend weight.  Hasn't been mentioned here for a long time.
The GPS can be used in multiple vehicles and most smart phone have pretty good one.
The Tip-over bars would be my first choice as they can - will save repair money for farkles down the road.  Also, you can add pegs to them to stretch your legs and they make good auxiliary light mounts.
Well...even if you fall on your face you're still moving forward.

COG # 8062  AMA # 1084053  ROMA

Offline wild man

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1206
  • AREA: Southwest Area
  • COG#: 6174
  • Membership Level: Expired - Expired Term
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2012, 02:27:27 pm »
Aside from all the great ideas posted thus far I'd have to add a tail truck, though not necessarily from this vendor.  The mounting plate is extra. 

http://www.rlmotorcycles.com/Givi-E45-p/givi%20e45nj.htm

Theres also a back rest available.

Bill
USAF Ret, KC0IGL
AMA#333772, IBA#19247
2003 Connie Constance 125K and counting
2007 KLR 650, 1997 ATK 605

Offline Ranger Jim

  • Iron Butt
  • *****
  • Posts: 3575
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 6720
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2012, 02:27:34 pm »
If you don't have the Bergmen Fuel Tank Quick Release, that is one you should have. After that, Tip Over Bars. 'Course, as inexpensive as the Quick Release is, you could probably get both. :)
JIM CULP
OtP Jr. Slave Laborer (Safety)

If you can't be a good example; be a WARNING!

Offline Steve in Sunny Fla

  • Industry Member
  • I Need a Life
  • *
  • Posts: 7872
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 6977
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2012, 02:45:18 pm »
Trench - My approach is different, I'd look at how much you have to spend, then work from there. Example - lighting - you can go HID for about 60.00 and it'll burn the paint of of car trunks. A throttle lock, what, maybe 15.00 or so? Cat oring, 2.00? Gps - around 100.00 from amazon? There are no CRASH bars, only TIPOVER bars- pretty spendy at about 190.00 for just fronts. they'll help in a tipover from a stop, but won't help if you actually crash (btdt) . So my advise is to shop and spend wisely, and get several things on your list, I know you can do it - Steve
C-14 ECU flashing for performance and rideability enhancement
C-10 Carb work , cams, & performance enhancements
 " Modifications for sport-tourers, BY a sport-tourer"
https://sites.google.com/site/shoodabenengineering/home

Offline Mortech

  • Street Cruiser
  • ****
  • Posts: 500
  • AREA: Northwest Area
  • COG#: 12208
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2012, 02:52:10 pm »
Things I picked up from yesterdays Tech day meeting

Major farkles in the order I'd get them
 Cruise Control
 Tip Over Bars
 Light upgrades
 Fork Brace
 better Windscreen

Minor
 Murph's screw kits for everything
1999 Kawasaki Concours - Conrad
2006 Honda CBR600F4i - Restless
2009 Kawasaki Concours - Constanza

Offline cra-z1000

  • Sport Tourer
  • *****
  • Posts: 2041
  • Keeping it upright..
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 9790
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2012, 03:56:37 pm »
I got the tipover bars first only because I wanted to mount lighting to them......which is not done yet  :-\
1987 C 10
80 Kawasaki KZ 1000 MK 2
74 Honda 750 four ss
73 Suzuki 550 triple
72 Honda 550 four

Offline Mettler1

  • Iron Butt
  • *****
  • Posts: 3357
  • You want answers? We got answers!!
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 1431
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2012, 04:00:34 pm »
   From your list--- #1  Night riding--lighting upgrades.  #2 Gps. Directions,gas, food, places to stay. Take a wrong turn and gps makes instant corrections. :)
'94 Concours 115,000 miles-- 7th gear,2MM,KB fork brace,Over flowtubes,Stick coils,Tcro shifter,GPS,SiSF'sTorque cams,SPOOKFAK,block off plates, SS brake & clutch lines,KB risers, FENDA EXTENDA, emulators, SiSF carb Spa, Delkevic exhaust, Murphs' knee savers +grips, etc

Offline TrenchFighter

  • Road Bike
  • ***
  • Posts: 400
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 9986
  • Membership Level: Expired - Expired Term
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2012, 06:47:29 pm »
In an "emergency" I have an iPhone for GPS, I thought about mounting it on a Ram mount, but I'm worried about 1) Vibration and 2) Exposure to the elements.

I already have all of the Murph's screw kits, I didn't list it, but I considered it maintenance. SISF, I like your approach, and am going to start looking for the CAT O-ring, also, I meant to put tip over bars....I just got a little ahead of myself.

I am not going to buy a tail pack, I have a Pelican case but more importantly and am working on some soft bags for the Connie as we speak. I should have a set to show off at the Rally.
Feels great to be riding again!!!

Offline Stasch

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1901
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 6830
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2012, 08:03:56 pm »
Quote
I know I can go without any of these but I would like to upgrade SOMETHING......therein lies the problem

Ted, This is called 'farkleitis', a condition resulting in blurred vision, dizziness, sweaty palms and the sound of money whooshing away from your wallet at alarming rates in the hopes of a cure.

In addition to SISF's frugal suggestions - a set of highway pegs also offer some tipover (not crash!) protection AND provide the ability to stretch out your legs.  They'll set you back less than $100 I believe.  Lookup Snarf in the member list.

My light bar, 2 x 55w Hella Optilux driving lights and misc. hardware ran about $40 for everything.

You could probably do a GPS, highway pegs, throttle lock and / or throttle rocker and some kind of lighting upgrade for $300 total, maybe less.  That's less than 1/2 the price of some of the new GPS units.

You bought a Concours - now you can be frugal AND have what you 'need'.   ;D
Stan Visser - COG#: 6830  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > C10 STUFF FOR SALE - Parts List

He IS a racer, hence the forward lean!!  by: Mettler1

Offline Max

  • Bicycle
  • *
  • Posts: 60
    • Connie Photos
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: 8595
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2012, 09:38:53 pm »
I recommend better windscreen(s). It's amazing the transformation of Connie's handling in wind and buffeting after losing the stock screen. I'm running a 21" or 1" as seasonally appropriate. Love the one inch.
"The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility, it's right. If it disturbs you, it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed."
-Robert M. Pirsig

Offline 2linby

  • Iron Butt
  • *****
  • Posts: 3711
  • I rode today, did you?
  • AREA: Northwest Area
  • COG#: 5539
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2012, 09:39:06 pm »
As  has been stated, this depends on the money you have to spend.  But if you are planning on serious saddle time and you have not spent more than 12 hours in a stock saddle perhaps you should, just to see if the seat gives you the comfort required for those "serious saddle times".

For all long distance or endurance riding you must make the bike as comfortable as possible. Sometimes this is bar risers and/or peg lowers, sometimes a airhawk seat cover or sheepskin or bead cover, or a new custom saddle.

A simple and relatively inexpensive "farkle" is heated grips. Another comfort and safety item is a electric liner or vest. These two will definitely increase your comfort and reduce distractions when riding at night and thus in colder temperatures.

For others a new windshield is the ticket as well.

So with that I suggest you develop a must have, a need to have and a like to have list and see what develops.

As a last resort you could just buy lotsa a gas!   :beerchug:

Best of luck!


Woe be the man with a pocket full of money that is burning a hole in that pocket!    ;)

"2linby" Get it? "Tooling by" "Everything is simple, but nothing is easy".
Ex NWAD, AAD, COG #5539, IBA #15034 TEAM OREGON MC Instructor, Mentor 2001 Sonic Blue  166K and counting!
http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BBG)
http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip

Offline SteveJ.

  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 5969
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 5603
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2012, 10:38:31 pm »
Quote
- Cruise Control
- Lighting upgrades
- Crash Bars
- GPS

Lighting, no doubt. You said you ride at night. So do I, every morning to work. I have a pleasant ride on a skinny two lane road with some curves(yes, this is in Florida), but it is awfully dark in the early a.m. It's really nice to have things lit up so you cam actually see.

From a safety standpoint, lighting, hands down. Everything else is mostly for convenience or to save a few bucks. The lighting can literally save your life, or a whole lotta hurt.

Yes, I do feel a bit strongly about this. :))
Yeah, if you want true ram air tuning, you better be willing to ram some air! (SiSF)
Tick Tock, baby (Ironbuttal)
Steve J  Tavares, FL, one of the Floriduh Steves
'15 Versys650LT, '98 KLR650, (back home), '99 C-10, 234k miles sold

Offline Cwo2mustang

  • Mini Bike
  • **
  • Posts: 142
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 9927
  • Membership Level: Expired - Expired Term
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2012, 02:26:39 pm »
Trench - My approach is different, I'd look at how much you have to spend, then work from there. Example - lighting - you can go HID for about 60.00 and it'll burn the paint of of car trunks. A throttle lock, what, maybe 15.00 or so? Cat oring, 2.00? Gps - around 100.00 from amazon? There are no CRASH bars, only TIPOVER bars- pretty spendy at about 190.00 for just fronts. they'll help in a tipover from a stop, but won't help if you actually crash (btdt) . So my advise is to shop and spend wisely, and get several things on your list, I know you can do it - Steve
Out riding this weekend, stopped by an Advanced Auto to see what I could find that would work like the Cat O-ring. They didn't have any o-rings that big, but they did have a seal for a thermostat that met the specifications. Cost me $2.59, and it works great.  :beerchug:

Offline mdr

  • Road Bike
  • ***
  • Posts: 301
    • Mark in Austin's C10 Tech Page
  • AREA: South Central Area
  • COG#: Forum
  • Membership Level: Forum Subscriber
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2012, 04:24:42 pm »
- Lighting - Get the headlight harness upgrade and a spare bulb.  Makes a HUGE difference at night and it's relatively inexpensive and won't blind others like the cheap HID retrofit kits I've heard of will. 

- Tip over bars - Murphs or Skip's if he's still making them.  One drop and they're paid for.  Mine are, er, well paid for.  Make a ?good? place for mounting aux lighting too.  Vibes might be a problem?

- Cruise control - Get a throttle lock instead.  It's not a speed control at all, but on straight and level stretches they let you rest your throttle hand.  Throttlemeister, Cat o-ring, etc, etc.  'Course, if you want a speed control, this ain't it.

- GPS - Nothing beats YOU knowing where YOU are going.  One of these can be a big help, but I don't trust 'em over advance planning.  For planning, I don't think a GPS can beat paper.  The screen's too small.  I've never done one (probably obvious), but from what I understand for an IBA ride the biggest challenge, other than the seat time, is the planning.
Mark in Austin, AE5SJ
'01 Concours, Vrooomm
http://www.randols.net/Connie/
Motorcycle Special Events Team - Texas
http://www.mset-tx.org/

Offline John_Atkinson

  • Road Bike
  • ***
  • Posts: 437
  • AREA: Northeast Area
  • COG#: 5921
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2012, 06:46:20 pm »
My funds for maint/farkles have been limited by some other things happening in my life requiring my motorcycle money!

I have gotten all of the maintenance done, Carbs by SISF, new valve cover gaskets, brake/clutch lines bled, valve adjustment, flushed and filled coolant, all new fuel hoses, oil and filter and new tires waiting to be put on as well as now fork seals.

Now, I am ready for a major farkle...and cant decide which to choose. I intend to ride this bike to the Nat'l Rally and to do some Iron Butt rides this year. I will use it as a commuter, I enjoy riding at night, and I intend to rack up the miles. I like to ride off the beaten path and also prefer motorcycle camping as opposed to staying in a hotel.

So my choices are:
- Cruise Control
- Lighting upgrades
- Crash Bars
- GPS

What would you purchase and why?

TrenchFighter,

Having done more than a couple of "IronButt" rides, my suggestions would be as follows:

1) Lighting.

     At the very least, get murph's dual-beam headlight kit. I did this mod a few years ago and the difference over stock is simply stunning. That said, Steve mentioned, HID conversion kits are now so readily available that even the OEM headlight can be upgraded at a very reasonable price. I got an HID conversion kit for my dual-beam kit and am anxious to see how well it will perform. Alternatively, there are a number of good driving light options that will make a huge difference when it gets dark out.

   If you're going to be doing a lot of riding at night, there simply is no substitute for lumens....the more, the better (as long as it's effectively directed)

2) Seat.

   If you're OK with the stock (?) seat, this is a moot point. However, I firmly maintain that the best thing I ever did for Zeke was to put a Russell Day-Long seat on it. Made a HUGE difference in my ability to stay on the bike and lay down the miles (e.g. 1,493 miles in 23 hours of riding).

3) Windshield.

   This is a little more subjective. Personally, I couldn't stand the OEM shield and the Rifle made a massive difference to me. Others may be OK with the stock setup. Again, if you're going to be on the bike a lot, a quieter shield with less buffeting will be important.


Other things, like the GPS, are nice but not necessary. The CAT o-ring has been on my bike for.....oh, about 15 years and still works fine. Highway pegs do let you stretch out, but if you have the right seat, you won't even feel the need.

The one thing that I didn't see anyone mention would be an accessory 12V power socket......mine is on the left side down near my knee and my electric vest plugs in very nicely. Makes a big difference when the mercury drops and you've still got miles to cover.....

Hope this helps....remember, IMHO, just my $0.02, and all other disclaimers apply.....

Happy farkling!
John Atkinson
Windsor, ON
CANADA
COG #5921
'91 Concours "Zeke" - 225,000 km and counting........

Offline Dave Scott

  • I Need a Life
  • ******
  • Posts: 6840
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 8603
  • Membership Level: Asst. Area Director
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2012, 08:18:25 pm »
Trench, late to the party, but what upgrade(s) did you go with for your trip to the national?

As for me, my input would be GPS, cruise control, lighting, then tip over bars.  My 05 already had a light upgrade done when I bought it, but I have found my GPS to be really nice on trips.  My buddy has a BMW with cruise control and doing iron butt rides, he always sets his and I only have to keep pace.  it helps a great deal.

Offline Uglydog56

  • Bicycle
  • *
  • Posts: 60
  • AREA: Southeast Area
  • COG#: 9186
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2012, 03:48:07 am »
I put the bars first, then lighting, then C14 rear shock, then emulators & springs up front.
Rick A. Cone    98 Connie  82 Yamaha Seca 900  76 Honda CB 400F

Offline Wess

  • Street Cruiser
  • ****
  • Posts: 521
  • I had sooner lose my arm than live under tyranny!
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 8010
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2012, 07:08:50 pm »
Depending on how long the ride is I would suggest knee savers, bar risers and an air hawk.
Respectfully Yours! 
Wess Heavner 
Independence, MO 
COG #8010 CDA #0239 ROK# ROK100027795  AMA# 2952749 IBA #38420 2009 Hard Luck Award Winner!

Offline Snarf

  • Street Cruiser
  • ****
  • Posts: 650
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 8302
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2012, 11:57:51 am »
Okay I will chime in.

1) Auxiliary light mounts
2) Highway-pegs
3) block-off plates

 :nananana:  :motonoises:

Chris Lillie
02 concours (CC)
86 concours (spirit of cog)

Offline oldsawfiler

  • Crotch Rocket
  • ****
  • Posts: 1819
  • AREA: Northwest Area
  • COG#: 8062
  • Membership Level: Active
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2012, 02:53:26 pm »
OK he asked for just 1.  Tip over bars.  They will save $$s in long run to make it possible to buy others latter.
Well...even if you fall on your face you're still moving forward.

COG # 8062  AMA # 1084053  ROMA

Offline TrenchFighter

  • Road Bike
  • ***
  • Posts: 400
  • AREA: North Central Area
  • COG#: 9986
  • Membership Level: Expired - Expired Term
Re: Just one Farkle in the budget
« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2012, 10:43:43 am »
These are all good recommendations....I was so indecisive I decided to tear the whole bike apart again, sell off some of the "extra" parts....and use the cash for some other upgrades. Look for the build soon!
Feels great to be riding again!!!