Category Archives: Functional Sparkle

Farkling the F650GS – Round 2

Today was like an early birthday! The F650GS and I got presents! My ZTechnik windshield arrived from A&S Motorcycles around noon. A few hours later, the Quest RAM cradle and Widder battery hookup showed up from Whitehorse Press. I stayed … Continue reading

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Farkling the F650GS

Farkling the F650GS has been an exercise in procrastination. I’ve had the initial main parts (fuse box, grip heater kit) sitting in my garage for weeks now, but haven’t quite gotten around to doing the installation. With the winter cold … Continue reading

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First Look: RKA 8.5 liter 3-point “MiniX” Tankbag

With all the luggage capacity on the R1200ST, people often ask why I need a tankbag too. My tankbag holds only items that need to be quickly and easily accessible: wallet, phone, camera, and face-shield cleaner. It’s kind of like … Continue reading

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Revised my dash

One of my gripes with my ST has been a lack of good mounting points for gadgets. My xm radio and gps have been mounted on RAM arms attached to the mirror stalks, but I couldn’t find any other places … Continue reading

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Review: Racer Multi-Top Gloves

Waterproof & Good Feel, Without Compromising Protection: I’m kinda a gear-collector (to put it nicely). I have several different pairs of jackets, pants, gloves, and boots. I look for quality and comfort, but also protection. Lately I’ve been particularly challenged … Continue reading

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New Gear & One Year on the R1200ST

Just in time for winter….. I decided a few months ago that my FirstGear Hypertex Air Pants weren’t going to cut it for winter. While I don’t expect to see any snow, Texas does get colder than California. After much … Continue reading

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Trip Prep

The preparations for a trip can be almost as exciting as the trip itself. They can also take longer. In reality, I don’t have much to do, even though this will be my first overnighter with the R12ST (I know… … Continue reading

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Acquired a new camping stove

At the end of a long day on the road, I usually can’t face getting back on the bike and searching for a place to eat. Therefore, on each multi-day tour or camping trip, I carry a backpacking stove, lightweight … Continue reading

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Belated Weekend Report

For once I feel like I had an incredibly productive weekend. I went out with Mom on both days and did a lot of clothes and shoe shopping both for Vegas and to cope with the Texas summer heat. I … Continue reading

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Farkle Time!

It’s been a while since I bought anything for my bike, but I’ve been doing a whole lotta commuting lately, and feeling slightly naked. My YZF had all sorts of safety oriented gadgets installed and I just haven’t managed to … Continue reading

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