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Post by Richard H on 3rd July 2008, 11:15

Being an addict of local and international motorcycle talk fora (that's posh-speak for forums) I came across a term that intrigued me - "farkle"..
So I Googled it and as I imagine others may be similarly curious, this is what I found at Wikipedia:

(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycle_farkle )

Motorcycle farkle
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The word Farkle belongs to the vernacular of the North American motorcyclist, and refers to accessories or the act of accessorizing a motorcycle.
Farkles may include any accessories but especially those intended to increase the function of a motorcycle vs those intended to glamorize (i.e. if an accessory is chromed, it is probably not a farkle - see Bling.)
Examples include items that do not arrive as standard equipment on the motorcycle, such as Radar detectors, GPS systems, heated grips, satellite radios, highway pegs, or top and side cases.

Etymology

The Etymology of "Farkle" is murky. It was in use at least by the late nineteen-nineties, circa 1997.
The word may be a combination (portmanteau) of "function" and "sparkle." One source attributes the term to a member of the Honda ST1100 user group [1].
Another source claims that farkle was a term originally used for the multiple tail lights that Honda Goldwing riders used in the late 80's and early 90's.
They would flash or sparkle when the brakes were applied, thus farkle may be a combination of those two words.
Although the term Farkle is most likely attributed to a member of the Honda ST1100 group, the Backronym originated from an entry in the Concours Owners Group forum.
As stated, a Farkle is a:

Fancy
Accessory,
Really
Kool &
Likely
Expensive

(end quote)

So, the next time your Significant Other asks where you got that latest fancy accessory you fitted on your motorcycle to improve the function thereof, you can safely say that 'The Farkle Fairy' brought it...! (You see, people who sell/market/distribute such functional accessories are popularly referred to as 'Farkle Fairies'...! bounce

BTW: "Bling" comes from verbalising the sound of that sparkling flash coming off the whiter-that-white teeth of the model in the Ultrabrite toothpaste advertisement from the early '80's...

...just so you know the difference !
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Post by Mud Pooh-bah on 3rd July 2008, 12:11

So now the question is: Do your Farkle or do you Bling?? Rolling Eyes
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Post by JR on 3rd July 2008, 12:39

farkle is good......but I like bling Very Happy

can't think of any functionality of carbon fibre apart from weight saving but boy it's some serious bling Smile

suppose if you really analyse, some things can be farkle on one bike whilst being bling on another.

Be it as it may........I can like my farkled blinged bike cheers........ouch almost swearing there
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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 9th July 2008, 21:50

Although i fully agree with the principles of making oneself more visible to the blind, blisfully ignorant "Cagers", Richards extremely long explanation seems like a farking lot of blah to us mere mortals. lol!
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Post by Richard H on 9th July 2008, 23:26

...you mean a farkling lot of blah, surely...?
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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 14th July 2008, 20:58

Yip, did not spellcheck and had a long day on the computer.
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Post by JohanGT on 14th October 2008, 12:29

It is a real pity the blinging farkles are so blinging expensive! Razz
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