Friday, February 25, 2011

Farkling...It's an addiction

Like many BMW owners I like to accesorize or "farkle" my bike. I have learned over the years that sometimes getting different brand aftermarket accesories to work with each other can be a challenge. One way to ensure that everything works together is to stay with stock (BMW) accesories. problem with that is BMW parts & accesories are EXPENSIVE! The other problem with BMW accesories is the lack of variety.

When I bought my current BMW I decided to "keep it simple". Funny things is even trying to minimize farkles I seem to have added quite a few. FWIW, with the exception of the tubular engine guards (the dealer installed them as part of the deal) I have added 100% of farkles on my bike.

My bike as built by BMW:
On Board Computer
Heated Grips
Enduro ESA (electric suspension adjustment)
Hand Guards

When I bought my bike I wanted the cast wheels. My reasoning being that they were cheaper (than the spoke wheels) and easier to keep clean. I screwed up here! I really wish I had spent the extra $500 for spoke wheels. There is nothing wrong with my cast wheels, it's simply a desire for spoke wheels driving the desire. Problem is a pair of spoke wheels (new from BMW) is about $2500! A nice used pair will go for $1500-2000. So....I'll wait.

Modifications, accesories, ect. (and how I bought them)

BMW 12-17 Liter Tankbag (new)
BMW GS Adventure Head Guards (used)
BMW GS Adventure Panniers & Mounts (bags-new, mounts-used)
BMW GS Adventure Winglets (new)
BMW GS Adventure Windshield (used)
BMW GS Adventure Footpegs (used)
Hammerhead Shift Lever (new)
SW-Motech Light Mounts with Hella Micro DE Fog Lights (new)
MC Products Low Mount Rear Rack & Pillion Luggage Rack (new & used)
Touratech Handlebar Risers (new)
Touratech Cockpit Cover (used)
Touratech Rear Fender Extension/License Plate Holder (new)
Touratech Fuel Line Guards (new)
Wunderlich Extenda Fender (new)
Osram 65 watt H7 headlight bulbs (new)
Maier Rear Fender Splash Guard (new)
Throttlemeister Throttle Lock (new)
Eastern Beaver PC8 Fuse Panel & Wiring harness (new)
Garmin Zumo 450 GPS (used)

To date I'm very happy with my GS. It's comfortable (I can do a 700+ mile day on the stock seat) and entertaining to ride. It starts conversations where ever I go, not something I can say about every BMW I've ever owned. With ONLY 105 HP it has plenty of power for my needs, better yet the power is instantly accessable.

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