My BMW R1150 GSAA at Deals' Gap

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If you just stumbled on this site, you might be asking what the hell farkle is?

There's no Webster's dictionary entry for it, but Google turns up some decent definitions including this one from Wapedia:

farkle [fahr-k uhl]

The word farkle belongs to the vernacular of the North American motorcyclist, and refers to accessories or the act of accessorizing a motorcycle.

Farkles may include any accessories but especially those intended to increase the function of a motorcycle -- vs. those intended to glamorize (i.e. if an accessory is chromed, it is probably not a farkle - see Bling.)

Examples include items that do not arrive as standard equipment on the motorcycle, such as Radar detectors, GPS systems, heated grips, satellite radios, highway pegs, or top and side cases.

In my case, side cases (panniers) are included, but highway pegs?!? Good grief.

All my farklizing energy has historically been devoted to our 2002 BMW R1150 GS Adventure. Being a geek at heart, it's the addition of useful electronics to the bike that keeps me interested.

Since the bike's a few years old with 100K+ miles, several bits of farkle have already been added as well as replaced or upgraded. I won't bore you with new posts about the old stuff, but if you're interested, check my Archives page to see how things got started. For new topics, pictures and random posts, check out my Blog page.

How much farkle can you spot in this photo?

If you don't count the Jesse bags and matching "pizza" box in this picture, there's a Garmin 276C GPS, RoadyXT XM Radio, AutoCom Active-7-Smart intercom and ICOM F-21GM handheld GMRS radio. That's an Antenna Specialists UHF antenna and XM radio antenna permanently mounted on the "pizza" box and there's a BMW-supplied PTT (push to talk) switch near left grip. This picture represents the state of farkle when I started this site. 2013 was a year of change for this bike, especially when the AutoCom intercom was replaced by Bluetooth. Check out the blog for the ongoing story.

Power from the bike's battery is distributed through a RIGrunner 4005 from West Mountain Radio. This great little box is primarily intended for distributing power to ham radio hear, but it works great on the GS and I'm a big fan and promoter of Anderson Powerpole electrical connectors for all my DC power connections.

Fun yes, farkle no