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post #1 of 16 Old 04-25-2014, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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newbie needs to know-what "must have" farkles 4 Wee/DL650?

newbie needs to know-what "must have" farkles 4 Wee/DL650?

as a newbie, i have yet to start a thread.

until now...

i am looking for an affordable used Wee/DL650 in the NE/Mid-Atlantic region.

i am a slab guy.

i am simply trying to go from point a to point b and have as much fun doing it as possible!

no in-the-woods, no fire roads. (though that does sound like fun)

local commuting.

local state roads.

interstate hiways when necessary.

hoping to expand to multi-state (200-400 miles) rides.

so now that i've shared some of my needs, here is the question:

what would be the "must-have" farkles for a guy like me?

i'm 6'1"/185lbs/60 yrs old in july.

i'll start the list from what i've gathered reading this wonderful forum:

center stand
hand guards
engine guards
fork brace
mirror extenders
eastern beaver or blue seas fuse box
heated grips

i look forward to any additional ideas from those in the know.



thanks in advance.

be well.

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-25-2014, 05:36 PM
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I would add a headlight relay and some saddlebags to the list and Bob's your uncle.
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since you're going a lot of slab, i'd add the madstad windshield bracket. test out the shield you've got and see how it works for you with the bracket.

also, a fender extender. oil filter cover, unless you go with a bash plate instead. you know you're gonna hit some gravel eventually.

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For me I would include:
- New seat or seat pad
- Some kind of luggage
- LED lights front and back (like Skene or Hyperlights)
- Throttle lock/crampbuster
- Reflective tape
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My suggestion is ride the bike a bit before deciding on the farkles. For example I am not a fan of heated grips. My revit bastion gloves are fine down to 40 degrees F with hand guards for long rides and down to low 30's on shorter rides. Centerstand, forkbrace, engine guards and a 12v outlet are musts for me. 6 ft, 180 pounds, 62 years old in rather good health, the stock seat on the 2012 is fine for me on a 600 mile day, maybe I just have a hard butt

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All of them. Just admit it now that you will want them all because it is going to happen anyway so why waste time kidding yourself?

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1. Fork brace - Better stability in crosswinds and corners
2. Top box - Oh, wait, you can't lane split there so saddlebags or hard luggage would work as well - something to carry lunch and such.
3. Half-cover for the bike if parked outside - keep the sun off your seat and reduce weathering on plastics and paint
4. Throttle lock - to give your right hand a break. I like the Go Cruise one, Go Cruise Throttle Control - webBikeWorld

Only riding for a while will tell you if you want other farkles like windscreen adaptors and such

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While I have never had to use them and don't yet have them on my Wee, frame sliders (or crash bars) are important in my opinion. They just aren't that cool the spend the money on :/

I'm very happy with Aprilia Tuono mirrors, smaller and less wide angle than stock, but they extend out more, buffet less, and look better. Some prefer stock mirrors, though.

Windshield: I went for a lower and smaller windshield, some prefer higher and bigger. All I know is, stock never worked for me or my dad(he owned the bike before I bought it from him).

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I would add a headlight relay and some saddlebags to the list and Bob's your uncle.
now remember i'm new at this:

why a headlight relay?

i thought those electrical add-ons would be supplemented by the upgraded fuse box.

thanks in advance.

be well.

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My suggestion is ride the bike a bit before deciding on the farkles. For example I am not a fan of heated grips. My revit bastion gloves are fine down to 40 degrees F with hand guards for long rides and down to low 30's on shorter rides. Centerstand, forkbrace, engine guards and a 12v outlet are musts for me. 6 ft, 180 pounds, 62 years old in rather good health, the stock seat on the 2012 is fine for me on a 600 mile day, maybe I just have a hard butt
I'm with Nuke, ride it and you'll know what you need and what to add first. Though in the end you may end up adding everything. :mrgreen:

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