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post #1 of 17 Old 10-29-2010, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Worth while farkel?

So I got a tiny sliver of extra cash I most definitely should not be spending but cant resist to urge for farkel and thus I will... I was wondering what I should think of as more important on my huge list of must have farkels?

Some things on the list are:


(Edit) Almost forgot GPS

Panniers (maybe happy trial idk yet)

Wolfman tank bag

Better suspension

Some kind of trunk

More/better lighting (like LED tail and single lights)

Some kind of helpful camping gear I should know about

New Jacket (still using one from crash, it is still safe just not so much rain proof anymore, but how much rain I will ride in, not much)


I am also interested in anything else that I should have on my list.


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So I got a tiny sliver of extra cash I most definitely should not be spending but cant resist to urge for farkel and thus I will... I was wondering what I should think of as more important on my huge list of must have farkels?

Some things on the list are:


(Edit) Almost forgot GPS

Panniers (maybe happy trial idk yet)

Wolfman tank bag

Better suspension

Some kind of trunk

More/better lighting (like LED tail and single lights)

Some kind of helpful camping gear I should know about

New Jacket (still using one from crash, it is still safe just not so much rain proof anymore, but how much rain I will ride in, not much)


I am also interested in anything else that I should have on my list.

Guess it depends on what you want to do with the bike. I commute on my bike mostly so...

I have a Wolfman tankbag on my bike that's slowly disintegrating after 3 years. i don't really use like I thought I would. It's handy I guess but don't know if I would get another. I do have a tail bag that I use for carring stuff back and forth to work.

I have a GPS (Lowerance XOG) that I take on every ride mostly because it shows the actual speed vs. the speedo's 10% error.

I thought about buying racks and panniers but haven't done any long trips like I thought I would. I strapped a duffle bag on the tail rack that carried more than enough stuff for several days of camping.

Upgrading the suspension is not something I would do. The stock suspension is OK for how I ride the bike. I think that you quickly get into a case of diminishing returns with the KLR. The platform is >20 years old and upgrading one component will just highlight the inadequateses of the rest (IMHO of course).

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Guess it depends on what you want to do with the bike. I commute on my bike mostly so...

I have a Wolfman tankbag on my bike that's slowly disintegrating after 3 years. i don't really use like I thought I would. It's handy I guess but don't know if I would get another. I do have a tail bag that I use for carring stuff back and forth to work.

I have a GPS (Lowerance XOG) that I take on every ride mostly because it shows the actual speed vs. the speedo's 10% error.

I thought about buying racks and panniers but haven't done any long trips like I thought I would. I strapped a duffle bag on the tail rack that carried more than enough stuff for several days of camping.

Upgrading the suspension is not something I would do. The stock suspension is OK for how I ride the bike. I think that you quickly get into a case of diminishing returns with the KLR. The platform is >20 years old and upgrading one component will just highlight the inadequateses of the rest (IMHO of course).

Thank you! That helped me put my thoughts and wants back into perspective. I am now thinking a few helpful tools and wait till I have some more experience to know more what I need.

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So I got a tiny sliver of extra cash I most definitely should not be spending but cant resist to urge for farkel and thus I will... I was wondering what I should think of as more important on my huge list of must have farkels?

Some things on the list are:


(Edit) Almost forgot GPS

Panniers (maybe happy trial idk yet)

Wolfman tank bag

Better suspension

Some kind of trunk

More/better lighting (like LED tail and single lights)

Some kind of helpful camping gear I should know about

New Jacket (still using one from crash, it is still safe just not so much rain proof anymore, but how much rain I will ride in, not much)


I am also interested in anything else that I should have on my list.
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Add MUD and dump the farkles, mud is a free farkle...

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HAHAHA She is caked in it now and plenty more to come this weekend!


Trying to pick a new jacket is a lot harder now then when I had no clue what I was doing and just got what fit. LOL Any suggestions?

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HAHAHA She is caked in it now and plenty more to come this weekend!


Trying to pick a new jacket is a lot harder now then when I had no clue what I was doing and just got what fit. LOL Any suggestions?

I have an Olympia AST in Neon Yellow that I wear year round.

Very nice jacket, compares favorably to my brother inlaws BMW jacket for 1/2 the price.

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HAHAHA She is caked in it now and plenty more to come this weekend!


Trying to pick a new jacket is a lot harder now then when I had no clue what I was doing and just got what fit. LOL Any suggestions?
This jacket seems to get good reviews.


Lotta jacket for the money.

http://www.newenough.com/street/jack...le_jacket.html

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I like all 3 of those jackets!!! Been hearing a lot of good stuff about Olympia lately, I wonder if they will make me a red one.

My only fear is as soon as I get a new jacket ripping it up in the dirt again. I hear of everyone taking spills but how you have the same jacket for so long.

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