Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
Can you guys look at this pic and tell me if that looks like what this is? there are two wires (A) going to each grip and a Hi/Low (C) switch going through a 10w ceramic resistor (D). If they are hand warmers, how practical are these? I notice the throttle does NOT return automatically so these may be binding the throttle too.
Those wires are for grip heaters and they do the job. I have the same set up on my bike. My only issue has been the wire going into the resistor vibrating and eventually breaking off. I think I may have that problem solved now though. You should have enough slack in the wires to allow the throttle to move freely. I don't have a problem with that. I had some throttle sticking issues but it was coming from the way my handguards attached to the end of the bars.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Motorcycle enthusiasts may install accessories, called farkles (also spelled farkels), to customize their machine. The word is generally accepted to mean a combination (portmanteau) of "function" and "sparkle", hence, farkle. One source attributes the term to Pete Wells, the organizer of a 1997 Honda ST1100 rally . The term is well known in the North American 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 or bar risers, which make the motorcycle more suitable for long miles.
The term Farkle apparently originated among the ST1100 riders. It is an acronym:
My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.
"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "
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Last edited by klr4evr; 11-22-2007 at 05:08 PM.