- Stebel Air Horn
Motorcyclists use the word “Farkle” to describe customizing a motorcycle for both fit and function.
A lot of riders, new riders especially, are unaware that motorcycles can be tweaked and adjusted to fit the rider and need not be ridden using the configuration set at the factory. Handlebars can be raised, lower, widened, made narrower. Mirrors can be adjusted and swapped for better rear view. Seats can be covered or changed. Suspension can be altered to raise or lower the bike. Shift and brake levers can be adjusted for a rider’s hand size. Hand grips can be replaced with more comfortable or better gripping ones. Brake pads and lines can be replaced with higher quality ones for better stopping power and longevity. Tires and chains are another area you can customize to suit your riding style and needs. Headlight bulbs, turn signals and brake lights can also be swapped and adjusted. I swapped the stock brake light on my KLR with a programmable LCD unit that flashed at a pre-set interval with each application of the brakes.
- ATV Bars
There are no limits when it comes to “farkles” (well other than your wallet). Over the years I’ve had various bikes that caused me lower back strain which I remedied by trying different handlebar heights and styles. There are risers available that can raise bars up to 2 inches that take literally minutes to install. Handlebars can also be ordered in a multitude of different configurations of width, rise and sweep that can allow you to raise or lower the bars or bring them nearer to you.
“Farkles” also refer to “extras” you can add like hard cases, tank bags, top boxes, GPS, satellite radio, cup-holders, replacement pipes, paint, power adapters, anything and everything you can add to personalize your bike.
- Throttle Rocker
You can spend a little and get a lot or if you have the budget for it you can spend as much as you like and really create a one of a kind ride. It’s a lifetime project for some as new products are being introduced all the time. Personally I value the feel and function over the look so that’s where my focus lies. A top box with a back rest that could hold a laptop and a full face helmet, GPS and side cases for all weather clothing were my first priorities. Most of the changes mentioned are well within the grasp of most bike owners so, while you can pay to have them done, they are not technically difficult. Some farkles will be mentioned later in specific posts. Whatever your focus, customizing a motorcycle is one of the joys of ownership.
Now go farkle yourself 😉