It’s always fun when you get a new bike and get to buy some big-ticket items but sometimes it’s the little less expensive farkles that make your bike your own.
Having owned BMW’s before, two ’10 F650GS’s, we have learned from our first time out of the gate what we want, need and who we want to buy from as in dealers/suppliers. The good news there are accessories for these bikes all over the place and so many choices and price ranges. I do most of the research for what goes on the bikes and Cheryl of course installs it all. Recently, we have been on a AltRider kick. Why? Well, the do make some great products like our crash bars, head light protector and rad guard but I have to say they ship so fast to Canada I can often get my order faster than I can ride down to my dealer here in BC. We pick and choose where and when we buy accessories/farkles based on impulse or as we can afford them.
While I just got my bike last Saturday, I have spent my week off from work running around trying to get the bike set up for anything. Cheryl’s bike has crash bars, risers, and a head light protector waiting for her to have the time to install them. Oh, and I need my risers installed too…HINT!
I was fortunate to be able to ride down to AltRider in Seattle and have them graciously install my bars and light guard. Today, I went to see Janice aka Slim who will be working on my Renazco seat off my 650. Janice will try to customize my seat with foam trimming and adding a gel pad. WE are hoping to drop my seat height by 1/2 inch from the OEM low seat. Cross you fingers this works.
Before crash bars
October 17 2013
Today was a great day to ride to AltRider. Why? It was not raining, cool enough to turn on a little heat, traffic wasn’t too bad, the AltRider gang were extremely friendly and helpful and I got to test out the ESA on the “infamous” I-5 from the border to Seattle.
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There are few things that when you buy new bikes that you must have as repeat farkles (accessories). We have a few that we will use again and again as long as we ride DS bikes.
Fork seal protectors for one…the owner says use sunscreen on the outside…sounds weird but makes sense. Keeps them from fading and every once in a while you take them off…wash them and use a little WD40 0n the inside and you are good to go. A lot of riders forget their fork seals when kiting out their bikes. When off-road little pieces for crud get in there and can make a day of fun riding into a nightmare if one of your seals blow.
It appears that BMW may have changed a few things on their new model. As for the frame, that seems to be the same as previous years so things like skid plates, luggage mounts etc should fit. But other accessories other than BMW parts might not fit. ADV Spec crash bars will not fit…so..hmmmm..has the frame changed too?
. ADV Spec has informed me that they believe their bars will fit as the frame seems once again to be the same as previously stated. They are not sure how their originals will look until they test them out on a new 2013. Stay turned!
We have found out this…our BMW hand guards do not fit as is, Touratech also right now do not have guards for this year bike. That would also mean Barkbuster hand guards need to be tweaked. I am waiting to hear back from them directly but one could assume they are running into the same fit issue.
This is a really good video showing 2 riders who are just regular guys enjoying a Yamaha Super Tenere and a KTM 990. Wes is funny about riding the Yamaha off road. This is really worth watching the entire video….one of the better one’s out there I think because they actually show a dump and accident. Real stuff. Enjoy.
Both Yamaha and KTM have dominated the legendary Dakar races for decades. Wes and Grant do their best not to fly off a ridge while taking the KTM 990 Adventure and Yamaha Super Ténéré deep into the Angeles National Forest’s system of fire roads, trails and creeks. For more on motorcycles and adventure, visit http://hellforleathermagazine.com