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Old 11-16-2012, 12:48 PM
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Pat Walsh radar shelf. This thing vibrates so much I'm not sure what you could put on here except maybe a voltmeter. Lots of people have beefed theirs up, but that shouldn't be required, it should just work. I mounted my Garmin Legend GPS which is a small handheld and it vibrated so badly it was unreadable.

I bought it used and will probably be putting it back on the For Sale tread soon.
I have one of these and your right they do vibrate alot.I had to beef mine up and it was fine.I now have a different GPS mounted on it and I have to beef it up even more.I still like the shelf it's just that there really isn't a good place to bolt it to.I do fabrication so it's not a big deal to fix it but I could have ( and should have ) built my own !!.


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Old 11-17-2012, 12:01 AM
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I have one of these and your right they do vibrate alot.I had to beef mine up and it was fine.I now have a different GPS mounted on it and I have to beef it up even more.I still like the shelf it's just that there really isn't a good place to bolt it to.I do fabrication so it's not a big deal to fix it but I could have ( and should have ) built my own !!.


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I just want to make a point of clarification regarding the Pat Walsh Radar Shelf--The shelf was originally designed as a simple platform to hold a radar detector. Over time, riders discovered many other uses for the shelf and have adapted it for their particular use. Some have chosen to use the radar shelf as a starting point to build their own GPS mount. However, PWD has never promoted it as a GPS mount and that's why it's not called the Pat Walsh GPS Shelf.

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Old 11-17-2012, 07:06 AM
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My Oxford heated grip controllers (X2) replaced with a DPDT 3 position toggle switch
I was not happy with mine either, so I totaled the bike and bought a well-farkled used one. The Oxford grip controls for cruisers are much less user-hateful.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:10 AM
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Wooooo..... That's a lot of money.... Looks like about a quarter of what a new bike would cost!
To clarify, some of these I did not buy, just tried them on other bikes, and the ones that did not work out were sold, so while there was a big hit, it was tempered quite a bit by reselling.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:19 PM
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AltRider's side stand foot for the DL1000.

It was (and still is?) the only accessory available to increase the surface area of the factory side stand's admittedly undersized footprint. I don't know anyone with a welder that could provide a pennytech alternative for me here.

Anyway, the AltRider product is ugly, not well engineered and certainly overpriced for what I got. If there's a better solution available, I'm listening.
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Let me know if you're interested, I may still have access to the shop where I'm taking ongoing classes and could duplicate this sometime over the Winter.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:28 PM
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I know a few of you have posted your fixes to these bars. The reason I put them on the disappointing farkle list is; I don't believe you should have to modify a farkle so it does it's intended purpose correctly. I don't think I should have to go out and purchase bb's to make it work right.

I wonder if the fork brace would have been so popular if you had to go buy new bolts, sand off 1mm of steel from the left contact point and it was prone to rust?
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:26 PM
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I've never had a vib problem with my Givi bars!!, maybe the bike shakes and vibs so much I can't tell ??!.


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I bought a heavily accessorized wee. After a few years I removed most of the heaviest and more cumbersome accessories. The result was a noticeably lighter/slimmer feel to the bike. I like it much better.

Removed:
Givi engine guards
HID lights, wiring and front mounted light bar
GIVI side bags
SW Motech side bag mounting bars
Tank bag with one of those gas cap rings
Stock seat

Kept:
Sargent Seat
Madstadt brackets
Touring windshield
Metal claw type footpegs
Centerstand
GIVI trunk
Heated grips
Throttle paddle thingy
Eastern Beaver switched relay w/ Blue sea fuse block
Datel voltmeter
Heated jacket troller
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:34 AM
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I don't believe you should have to modify a farkle so it does it's intended purpose correctly.
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I personally love being able to customise and tinker with all my farkles, it makes the bike my own and is one of the reasons I love my Wee. That being said, I like to decide what to do and not have the decision forced on my due to a bad product design. A product should always do its intended basic function and customising can then come after that. Especially with things like the 2 items I posted whereby the problem areas are too small, detailed and hard for me to fix. Anything I may do will never be perfect and more than likely seriously affect the look of the product.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:36 PM
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Tourtec like most things from over there are over engeneered, over priced
& under preforming. I tried a Tourtec mount way back for a Garmin V.
A large steel washer from a hardware store works well as kick stand foot.
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