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farkles you can't live without?
« on: July 12, 2014, 01:47:01 pm »
Picking up a 2011 Connie this week and I'm new to this model but not riding.  Just curious which farkles you can't live without.  It already has risers, bigger windshield, top case.  I'm interested in dash shelf for radar, camera, etc. (what brand), foot lowering pegs, seat, slip on pipe, so I'll be watching for sales.  Feel free to give me ideas and I know that most of this is personal preference.  This is what makes forums invaluable. 

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2014, 01:50:32 pm »
Lamb seat, makes riding very pleasurable.

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2014, 01:51:46 pm »
Speak to a member here who goes by ZG, He will advice you to leave your Connie totally stock. :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2014, 01:56:05 pm »
Seriously, Guhl reflash, Laam seat, Windscreen that's perfect for you, pullback risers or new bars, Canyon cages or some type of sliders, better tires.  Read some of the past postings, it's amazing all the farkles that are available. which ones you can't do without is up to you. Oh, also have to add a Phil's rack if you're going to get a top case.
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2014, 02:29:24 pm »
Picking up a 2011 Connie this week and I'm new to this model but not riding.  Just curious which farkles you can't live without.  It already has risers, bigger windshield, top case.  I'm interested in dash shelf for radar, camera, etc. (what brand), foot lowering pegs, seat, slip on pipe, so I'll be watching for sales.  Feel free to give me ideas and I know that most of this is personal preference.  This is what makes forums invaluable.

Here is what I use:

Ram mount off the clutch and brake reservoirs for radar and camera.  Radar screamer with visual alert option.  Don't use the camera very much if at all.  I have a helmet mount for the camera too, but I don't use it much.  After reviewing my video a few time it seems I have my head on a swivel and can't stop looking left and right (not that thats a bad thing, but it makes for crappy video).

Murphs lowering pegs.  I got one of the prototypes when they were first out on the '09's.  Love them. 

I use the stock seat with a Airhawk pad when travelling long distance.  The stock seat is ok for me around town, and I don't care for the look of most custom seats. 
I use the stock windshield.  Seem to be adequate for me.

I use the stock exhaust system.  It is unlawful here to change your headlight or exhaust.  Not many have been ticketed, but I like to ride on the safe side of the law (except for the odd performance award).

Oh, I'm 6'1" with a 32" inseam.

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2014, 03:53:47 pm »
Custom seat, gps, canyon cages - these are necessary, all others are just the addiction.
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2014, 04:01:33 pm »
For me it was more motorbike protection.
- Murph's oil filter cover
- Murph's fender extender
- radiator guard
- PR4s
Next will be the tip over protectors. Just not sure which I want. the Canyon Cages or the Top Block.
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2014, 04:17:42 pm »
You probably don't need a dash shelf. There are ram mounts that can go on the risers (if you have the ball), handlebar mounts, tech mounts and, can't remember the name, but it is a stick that attaches to the bars and projects inwards that you can put mounts on.

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2014, 05:27:18 pm »
Ohlins F&R, PE bars, heated Corbin with smuggler trunk, TB tip over protection, full Muzzys dual, TechSpec pads, Zumo 660, and TPX 2.0    :great: :great:

I have more farkles, but these are all items I couldn't live without...  :beerchug:

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2014, 05:30:25 pm »
Rick, where do you live that you cannot change lights or exhaust?  One farkle you most definitely need is a  radiator protector.
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2014, 08:04:57 pm »
You will want a much smaller shield for hot weather riding. That's the one I could not live without.
Other farkles are nice and all, but I've GOTTA have air when riding in 90*+ heat. I absolutely could not ride my C14 with a big shield in the summertime. No way. Give me a small shield, or give me a different bike.
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2014, 08:44:30 pm »
Rick, where do you live that you cannot change lights or exhaust?

British Columbia although most would be suprised that you can't change those items anywhere in Canada due to the DOT approval requirements.  Just seems the Mounties here have nothing better to do with their time.

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2014, 09:03:01 pm »

Seat makes or breaks your position, so that is close to first. Grips must be right size, bar position follows the seat,
and plenty of light, to see and be seen. My solution to this is a Baldwin seat, Grip puppies, AST 2"up and back, Mondo motos
under the mirrors. Good luck outfitting your '12!

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2014, 11:16:17 am »
Helibar Risers
AST Pullback adaptor
Top Block Tip Over Protection
MCE Bars to protect the panniers
2" Lowering Link
Airhawk (on top of Kawasaki Gel Seat)
Phil's Rack
Mondo LED lights (in place of the front wheel reflectors)

I have more farkles such as RAM Ball Mounts, Pannier Bags and AST LED Lightbar...but the list above are what I can't live without.
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2014, 10:04:37 pm »
I just purchased a new C-14. The first thing I ordered was a radiator guard........Man that thing looks susceptible to easy damage. Next is bar risers, phils rack, canyon cages with highway pegs attached. In that order!

Then seat comfy and windshield  :beerchug:
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2014, 11:18:54 pm »
MC Canyon Cages front & rear, Phil's rack, Phil's rack extender, Top Box, 24x7 led lights one set on forks, one on mirrors, Banshee Horn, Kisan Signal Minder SM3M, Cee Baileys headlight protector, Muzzy Lowering link, Adjustable side stand, Shortened center stand, Real time reflectors, K&N Filter, AP full system, PCIII, Radiator protector, Sargent Seat, Commando G'Z-One- covers GPS, Pandora, Cell blue-tooth linked to Sena SM10 connected to an Escort 9500i, Sena SMH10 Helmet bug.  Murph's shift bearings, secure oil caps, angle valve stems, 2" risers with Wedges. :welcome:
There were several powerlets installed but I did not like the wiring to them and bought a PDM60 to protect the circuits and in the process of installing it. 
A bunch was installed before I purchased the 08.  Sargent seat was new when I bought the bike and hard but about 2000 miles later it softened up and I have done the run to Bama (11hrs) in a day with no pain.  (850-900 miles).
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2014, 12:30:21 am »
Picking up a 2011 Connie this week and I'm new to this model but not riding.

Whisperer, are you really a motor officer instructor?

If so, you'll know this already, i'm guessing.

My first changes to my new-to-me bike--not exactly farkles--were Michelin Pilot Road 3's and then two essential safety products:   #1 is a headlight modulator.  #2 is flashing LED rear brake lights.

Car drivers tend not to see motorcyclists.  The headlight modulator is a life saver.  Ditto flashing LED rear brake lights, which help prevent distracted or drunk drivers from plowing into you from behind when you're sitting at a red light minding your own business.

Then, for me was some of the usual stuff:  lowering links, risers, windshield, LED turn signal arrows that flash in the mirrors, a few other more minor things.

But WILL NOT ride without a headlight modulator and flashing brake lights.  Car drivers' reactions to me coming at them are like night and day.
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2014, 01:42:10 am »
Yes, I am a Motor Officer Instructor hence the nickname "Whisperer" which was given to me at work because I take inexperienced motorcyclist and make them better riders.  Sort of like Dog Whisperer or horse Whisperer.  I guest I have been called worse names.  I have never had headlight modulators but always ride with tail light LED flashers. 

Thanks for all the replies, I am making notes.
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2014, 02:18:24 am »
Picking up a 2011 Connie this week and I'm new to this model but not riding.  Just curious which farkles you can't live without.  It already has risers, bigger windshield, top case.  I'm interested in dash shelf for radar, camera, etc. (what brand), foot lowering pegs, seat, slip on pipe, so I'll be watching for sales.  Feel free to give me ideas and I know that most of this is personal preference.  This is what makes forums invaluable.

It would help if you told us whether you lean more towards touring or more towards sport riding. Sure both, but which is more important? If touring, and many of your current upgrades and the ones you mention seem to be leaning that way, then I'd have to recommend an electronic cruise control, way out ahead of slip on pipe and reflashing. The radiator guard mentioned earlier is another good idea, both by itself at home and if you'll be several states away from home when that rock flies up in there. Some farkles make you smile (cruise control) and some keep you from frowning (radiator guard).

 Does a Motor Officer Instructor even need a radar detector?...or did you really mean radar? >:D

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2014, 03:28:48 am »
Oh yeh, I almost forgot the Back Off brake flashers, and the Stebel horn. The OEM horn is pitiful
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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2014, 01:42:29 pm »
Have over 100kmi on the C14's, #1 would be heated gear, #2 would be the Full carbon AreaP, no flies, quiet, great power improvement and cuts back on the unwanted heat dramatically. #3 Kawasaki top box with SW Motech rack. #4 Bad Boy horn from HF and Rostra cruise control. #5 1300 ohm resister from lightgreen/blackstripe wire to black/whitestripe wire at connector at gas tank to bypass the stupid low fuel warning disrupter.

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2014, 06:40:54 pm »
Picking up a 2011 Connie this week and I'm new to this model but not riding.  Just curious which farkles you can't live without.  It already has risers, bigger windshield, top case.  I'm interested in dash shelf for radar, camera, etc. (what brand), foot lowering pegs, seat, slip on pipe, so I'll be watching for sales.  Feel free to give me ideas and I know that most of this is personal preference.  This is what makes forums invaluable.

My best one to date is the LSL handlebar conversion. When I traded my 09 for the 14 I transplanted that, the Sergent seat, and the Phils Farkels rack and back rest. Installing the Area-P full exhaust this weekend.

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2014, 12:06:59 am »
I spent a lot of time and money on things that made the bike fit me better.  Custom seat, pull back risers, lowering links, lower foot pegs, grip buddies.  Worth the time, effort and money. 

And some things to make trips easier; Rostra cruise control, Givi bag, Ram phone mount, pannier luggage, Front canyon cages with highway pegs, etc...

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Re: farkles you can't live without?
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2014, 12:03:06 pm »
Definitely the following:

-Aluminum handlebar risers that also pull back a few inches
-Back off brake lights that you can manually set to blink fast or slow before the brake light locks solid
-$38 Wolo Badboy airhorn because the stock horn that comes with the C14 is only suitable for minibikes (Kawasaki...hang your heads in shame)