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Although delivery to my home of my new-to-me 2018 R9T has been held up by transport delays, the first farkle arrived today, only seven days after ordering. This is a very sturdy-looking oil-cooler radiator guard, nicely-made and at 314g weight (<12 ounces) suggesting it's made of Exocet missile-proof steel rather than aluminium. A useful piece of kit as it seems to me that the oil-cooler is pretty exposed on the bike, although I've only once heard of one being damaged, with catastrophic oil-loss. Should be an easy fit once the bike is here.

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Congrats on the new wheels. I think modifying this bike is half the fun!

Thats a good looking oil cooler. Im a fan of the Altrider design.. one day when I have more money...I still havent financially recovered from all the other mods!
 

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Congrats on the new wheels. I think modifying this bike is half the fun!

Thats a good looking oil cooler. Im a fan of the Altrider design.. one day when I have more money...I still havent financially recovered from all the other mods!

Thanks! Ex-Melburnian here. That Altrider design does look to be a good piece of kit - but the cost! Aaaarrrggghhhh!
 

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I guess it's a trade off between protection and efficiency. Anyone noticed how much oil temp increases with an oil cooler guard?
 

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The GRIP PUPPIES arrived today from the UK, only nine (9) days after ordering. To anyone who has never tried or used these very simple add-ons, they do, IMHO, make a marked difference to the comfort of the OE pencil-thin handlebars, improving grip and bike-control, and reducing vibrations. I've had numerous pairs on various bikes and they are among the first two or three farkles I order when contemplating a new bike. Totally unobtrusive when fitted, almost invisible in fact, and highly recommended.

BUT beware of imitations: I have inadvertently bought (and soon discarded) inferior but similarly-named lookalikes that were so thin I could see through them when holding them up to the light (almost). Installation is a breeze, if not quite the 'just-slip-on' suggested, but by practice I have made perfect and it's now almost that quick and easy.


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Not exactly a farkle, but maybe allowable because it is going to be the basis of some slight farkling. So here's a cuppla pix of my new-to-me R9T being loaded onto the truck in Sydney today to be freighted the 900 or so km north to me in Brisbane. ETA - Friday 24th January. Looks mint, eh! I have paid top dollar for this, but it looks as if it's gonna be well worth it.

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The ownership of this new-to-me R9T is proceeding in dribs and drabs! Because the trucking company would not carry a loose bag or box of items with the bike, the previous owner mailed me a large box of bits 'n' pieces, chief of which was the rear cowl (I cannot bring myself to call it a hump!). It's in immaculate showroom condition - but one puzzling thing about it is that to me it looks jet black - or rather BMW's Sapphire Black! As, indeed, does the bike itself in all the many photographs I now have of it, including the two above. My wife tells me that she can see the cowl and the pictured bike as dark blue, but I detect no blue whatsoever.

The pix below were taken inside and outside, but again I can see no blue there.

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Doesn't bother me in the least, but by happenstance I'm seeing my ophthalmic surgeon (eye-specialist) in a few days time, so I'll quiz her about it.

But Sapphire Black - which I do like as it looked pretty classy to me on a previous R1200 R Classic - or Blueplanet Blue, it's all pretty much the same as far as preference is concerned.

The Owners Manual was also in the box, and that too looks spanking-new - not a mark on it and seemingly never been opened. Looking good!

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Sweet looking bike, Lawrence! And nice that it came with the cafe--yes, I'll say it--hump. I've followed and enjoyed your musings over on the R12R forum... glad to see you're back in the boxer business!
 

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Thanks, Tom - I thought I recognised your doggie avatar! Yep - back in the BMW fold, and not for the first time, and looking forward to participating in this Forum, though I must say I find it pretty hard to navigate and more than a bit illogical at times...
 

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One farkle that I thought was well worth the $10 or so and can be found in many places,
was the thumb screw that holds the rear seat/ cowl on to the bike.
The screw that BMW uses is beyond dumb.
Absolutely! I did this on my 2014--can't believe BMW hasn't changed this
 

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Thanks, fm and arfing - I'll get one ordered immediately! I assume the OE BMW 'thumb screw' is the bit shown below, which the seller mailed up to me along with a bunch of other parts, including the cowl - but not the 'hump'! Seems a peculiarly primitive way of securing the seat, and a pain to have to carry around this rather chunky device!

And how important is the 'retaining belt'? I note from pix sent to me that the bike is being shipped up without this belt fitted (it was in the box with the cowl). I assume that if the front tab on the pillion seat is inserted as intended the pillion seat is pretty secure (not that a pillion will ever be carried, nor the cowl installed).

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All the way from sunny Spain, only 13 days after ordering, arrived the PUIG screen, beautifully protected inside a sturdy box. Only problem: NO BIKE!

I have had PUIG screens before, for my Roadsters and other bikes, and this is as nicely-made as the others. Excellent easy-to-follow installation instructions too. Although small, it will be more than enough for my intended mainly day-ride use in the balmy climate we have here: I don't envisage any interstate trips to colder climes.
Will post pix of it on the R9T when it arrives - only six more sleeps!

I fully intend to do very little visible farkling to the R9T so as not to detract from its understated style and lines: a cuppla LEDs front and back, a new horn worthy of the name, and possibly a new exhaust once I see how I feel about the OE zorst - though from pix it doesn't appeal at all. We shall see.

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First real farkle done and dusted, with the fitting of the GRIP PUPPIES to the handlebars. Could hardly be easier - I just cut a very narrow piece about one centimetre (say 3/8") off one end of each grip to ensure a good fit; dipped each grip into warm water to ease sliding them onto the 'bar end; smeared some liquid soap onto the bike grip; and slid the GP on. There was no need to remove the OE circular trim piece on the 'bar ends, and a twisting motion using a hand-towel to improve grip while pushing the GP inwards ensured a quick and easy install while also soaking-up any excess soapy water..


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Second farkle of the day was to fit the small PUIG screen. A fiddly rather than difficult job, but the pictorial instructions worked OK, and I think the screen will do likewise. Around the front it sits rather higher than I'd like above the headlight rim and there's a wider gap there than I think there should be, but I'll work on this later.

While doing these two little jobs I've been looking for mounting points for my front LED DRLs, but nothing obvious suggests itself yet. The to-be-replaced horn is readily visible in the front of the bike, but seems almost inaccessible - another job for another day!

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One of the very first improvements I've always made to a new bike over the years is to install a new STEBEL MAGNUM horn. It has a deep two-tone note, attention-grabbing without being over-loud. Here's a pic of it fitted via a handy hole in the front of the bike, ideally placed. The Italian manufacturer recommends that the open horn be facing downwards to keep water out - I 'drowned' one once when hosing the bike down, so now always put a rag over the horn when washing the bike! I'll finish it up by painting the steel brackets in a matte black to suit the surroundings.

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Also installed, at very little cost and no effort, one of the HELLA headlight covers/ protectors. Here it is with the PUIG windscreen/ fairing.

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Since farkling our machines seems a very popular pastime I thought I’d list what I have done in this area, from my signing-up to purchase the R9T in mid-January.

Many of my farkles fall into one of two categories – things to improve safety on the road: and things to improve comfort. There is no bling here, no multicoloured fluorescent tassels hanging from the handlebar ends!

I’ve just about finished now, apart from a carry-rack, still under consideration to allow me to mount a small 28L top-box (that I already have) for the occasional few days away that will comprise my ‘touring’ activities in future: sadly, no more multi-day multi-thousands of touring kilometres for me these days. Sob!

In no particular order:

Grip Puppies – the real ones, not flimsy copies

PUIG New Generation mini-fairing/ screen

Evotech oil-cooler radiator guard

Seat removal tool

Hella headlight cover

Stebel Magnum horn + wiring loom

Knight Design foot-peg lowering kit

Helibar handlebar risers

Pair of LED DRLs

SKENE rear flashing/ pulsing brake-operated LED kit

Gear-lever extender

PUIG rear hugger

Switch for front LEDs

Pair of 2” ‘blind spot’ auxiliary mirrors.



Happy days!
 
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