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If the word "Farkle" is a portmanteau or combination of the words "Function" and "Sparkle" shouldn't the word be "Funkle"? I find it quite fun adding accessories to my '12 DL650A.
 

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If the word "Farkle" is a portmanteau or combination of the words "Function" and "Sparkle" shouldn't the word be "Funkle"? I find it quite fun adding accessories to my '12 DL650A.
You should have left it at "portmanteau".

Having to explain yourself robs the unlearned reader the joy of making up for a failed home-schooled or private education.

Plus, the word has an etymology that precedes the use you describe by a number of decades.
 

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If the word "Farkle" is a portmanteau or combination of the words "Function" and "Sparkle" shouldn't the word be "Funkle"? I find it quite fun adding accessories to my '12 DL650A.
You need some real cases for your Strom, and please take off your warning stickers. ;) :mrgreen:
 

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Funkle sounds more like what happened just before you scraped something expensive off your bike in that decreasing radius turn . . .
 

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You need some real cases for your Strom, and please take off your warning stickers. ;) :mrgreen:
The bike was 2 weeks old when the photo was taken. Warning stickers are off. Thanks for your concern. Regarding the cases, I don't feel the need of running aluminum side cases and find the soft cases quite effective. I would question the need for hard cases anyway. When the bike is dropped or the rigid case is otherwise hit the force is transferred directly to the frame. That makes no sense. I watched "The Long Way Round" and I thought it was very interesting that at least two of the three GS Beemers sustained cracked frames in the area of the panniers. That could have been the result of the overall stresses on the bikes but it was apparent that there were multiple times the bikes were dropped with all the weight falling on the non-flexible aluminum panniers. I have dropped my bike a couple times on the Nelson Rigg panniers I have with no damage to the bike, panniers or contents. Finally, living in CA allows me to split traffic. I think soft panniers with some give are far safer than wide load aluminum panniers when splitting traffic.

Again, thanks for your concern about the equipment I am running on my bike. Tell you what, send me a photo of your bike and I will see what I can do to outfit my bike so I can be just like you.
 

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The bike was 2 weeks old when the photo was taken. Warning stickers are off. Thanks for your concern. Regarding the cases, I don't feel the need of running aluminum side cases and find the soft cases quite effective. I would question the need for hard cases anyway. When the bike is dropped or the rigid case is otherwise hit the force is transferred directly to the frame. That makes no sense. I watched "The Long Way Round" and I thought it was very interesting that at least two of the three GS Beemers sustained cracked frames in the area of the panniers. That could have been the result of the overall stresses on the bikes but it was apparent that there were multiple times the bikes were dropped with all the weight falling on the non-flexible aluminum panniers. I have dropped my bike a couple times on the Nelson Rigg panniers I have with no damage to the bike, panniers or contents. Finally, living in CA allows me to split traffic. I think soft panniers with some give are far safer than wide load aluminum panniers when splitting traffic.

Again, thanks for your concern about the equipment I am running on my bike. Tell you what, send me a photo of your bike and I will see what I can do to outfit my bike so I can be just like you.
There can be only one of me, you are doing just fine being you. My big ole aluminum panniers swallow up any gear plus contraband that I would ever need, and I do not notice them at all when I ride "I keep them on" and them or my frame getting severely damaged on a get off is unlikely.
 

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Funkle?

Your mom's brother.

He took you to the pool hall, showed you how to talk to girls and let you ride his Harley in the parking lot.
 

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Funkle?

Wasn't his first name Gar?

Sang with some bloke called Mon in the mid 1960's... I think his first name was Si from memory.
 

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Funkle sounds like what my pants smelled like after I rounded an exit ramp at 60 MPH and saw a herd of deer on the side of the road.
 

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Funkle sounds like what my pants smelled like after I rounded an exit ramp at 60 MPH and saw a herd of deer on the side of the road.
:green_lol:
 

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There can be only one of me, you are doing just fine being you. My big ole aluminum panniers swallow up any gear plus contraband that I would ever need, and I do not notice them at all when I ride "I keep them on" and them or my frame getting severely damaged on a get off is unlikely.
Just to further assuage your concern for the way I have set my bike up I can report that the PMR racks and Nelson Rigg soft panniers have survived multiple trips from San Diego down the Baja Peninsula (including off road) and a trip to San Francisco. I guess I could have looked more like Charley and Ewan (both of whom, by the way, I really admire) with the aluminum panniers but the soft panniers work just fine. The soft panniers can also be packed way beyond their stated capacity. It is funny how many guys judge the effectiveness of their hard panniers by how many gallons of milk and six packs of beer they can fit therein.
 

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Just to further assuage your concern for the way I have set my bike up I can report that the PMR racks and Nelson Rigg soft panniers have survived multiple trips from San Diego down the Baja Peninsula (including off road) and a trip to San Francisco. I guess I could have looked more like Charley and Ewan (both of whom, by the way, I really admire) with the aluminum panniers but the soft panniers work just fine. The soft panniers can also be packed way beyond their stated capacity. It is funny how many guys judge the effectiveness of their hard panniers by how many gallons of milk and six packs of beer they can fit therein.
I have never tried that idea, no doubt mine would hold allot of beer and milk. ;) I have no concern over your bag funkles, they seem to work great for you. You live in a state where the weather is relatively dry, where I live the waterproof panniers are a necessity and I typically get caught in rain allot locally and on trips, plus they look so boss with all my stickers affixed to them. I see advantages and disadvantages to both systems, so long as the advantages trump the disadvantages for you that is what matters.
 

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The bike was 2 weeks old when the photo was taken. Warning stickers are off. Thanks for your concern. .......

Again, thanks for your concern about the equipment I am running on my bike. Tell you what, send me a photo of your bike and I will see what I can do to outfit my bike so I can be just like you.
Don't take the comments here seriously....some of the guys here are being sarcastic and busting your chops (except for Norm, you should take all his posts as gospel...:lol:
 

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panniers...look so boss with all my stickers affixed to them.
Aha! I always wondered just how all you long-distance tourers looked so worldly and professional, and you have exposed your secret at last!!! Stickers, and lots of them. For years, I've longed to look just like the guys on ADVRider who's Beemers have obviously been to every far-flung corner of the world….and now, I shall look like I and my Strom have just returned from a multi-thousand mile ride around North Africa. :green_lol:
 

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My, but it is already a long, tedious winter.

It's not even January and we're already reduced to bitching about the word "farkle". Again. :headbang:

I fear a premature thread about waving habits will be along any day now, and then that will segue into the usual Harley bash dogpile. Then we'll be stuck for several more weeks until the spring thaw. :thumbdown:
 

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Aha! I always wondered just how all you long-distance tourers looked so worldly and professional, and you have exposed your secret at last!!! Stickers, and lots of them. For years, I've longed to look just like the guys on ADVRider who's Beemers have obviously been to every far-flung corner of the world….and now, I shall look like I and my Strom have just returned from a multi-thousand mile ride around North Africa. :green_lol:
"Where I have been stickers" on the panniers also help cover up scratches and any imperfections in the paint that might occur, also helps to throw off how dirty my bike usually is. :mrgreen:
 

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Funkle Esther. Where do people get those destination stickers anyway? All the places I've been, I've looked around and couldn't find them. I'd like a few for some of the trips I've taken.
 

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Funkle Esther. Where do people get those destination stickers anyway? All the places I've been, I've looked around and couldn't find them. I'd like a few for some of the trips I've taken.
Well you are not travelling far enough from home then.... :fineprint:

 
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