Farkle: A tongue-in-cheek reference in the motorcycle touring community to upgrades and accessories added to the motorcycle.
According to Urban Dictionary: “F.A.R.K.L.E. — Fancy Accessory Really Kool Likely Expensive ”
“The word is generally accepted to mean a combination of “function” and “sparkle”, hence, farkle. Motorcycle enthusiasts may install accessories, called farkles (also spelled farkel), to customize their machine. The term is well known in the sport touring community.
An enthusiast may be in the process of “farkling”. The completed motorcycle would be all “farkled up”. Radar detectors, Global Positioning System receivers, heated grips, and satellite radios are some of those farkles. Other accessories could be aftermarket seats, side and/or top cases or bar risers, which make the motorcycle more suitable for long miles. “
So the question is, what could we possibly need to add to the most electronically advanced motorcycle ever produced, that already comes from the factory with all the options? We already expend quite a bit of effort towards not carrying “more stuff” when we tour on motorcycles, why would we add things to keep track of? In this case, the farkling is minimal:), just the “necessities” brought over from the 900SS, and one small upgrade….
1) GPS mount. Bikes don’t come from the factory with GPS built in like some cars do. I think this is great, because it allows us to use our choice of GPS and to upgrade as desired, but its also means you have to figure out how to mount the GPS on the bike. We really like our Garmin Zumo 550; we no longer ride without it. Its not “necessary” in that we don’t get lost without it, but we get to find all the best back roads because its there. GPS means we always have the right map with the right level of detail, so we spend more time riding, and less time trying to figure out where to go. Rather than stealing the mount from the 900ss, we got another (standard RAM) mount, cradle, and cable for the Multistrada, so we could easily switch the GPS back and forth between bikes.
2) Heated gear controller. Again, even touring bikes don’t come from the factory with the plugs and controllers for heated gear. This is because there are approximately 18 million different standards for the plugs/controller, etc. We added some heated jackets a few years ago, and never looked back. Riding while cold is miserable, and now I pretty much never have to above about 40°F. The heated jackets are perfect for touring, because we would otherwise not have the space to carry the bulky layers required to approximate the same level of warmth the jacket provides. Kevin spent some time last weekend moving the heated gear wiring from the 900ss to the multistrada. The 900ss will now only get ridden in fairly warm weather.
3) Aftermarket windscreen. This upgrade shouldn’t have been necessary, but we knew before we bought the bike that the stock windscreen was worse than useless. It actually causes buffeting right at your head. Even though its adjustable, the adjustment just moved the buffeting to the top or bottom of your head. Very annoying while riding. The engineering on this bike is phenomenal, except for the windscreen. It seems everyone replaces it. The windscreen Kevin bought from calsci.com seems to do the trick.