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10 Affordable Farkles for Under $40

Upgrade your ride without downgrading your dough.

Published on 01.10.2015

7. Paint Guard Protective Film ($9.99)

motorcycle paint guard vinyl protective film

Dimensions: 20″ x 15″ per sheet
Materials: 3.2 mil removable clear vinyl

There are many motorcyclists out there who like to wash and buff their bikes as much as they like to ride them. Being a person of such integrity, a farkle like this one should be very enticing. To keep your paint job looking “factory fresh,” pick up some sheets of Paint Guard Protective Film. Applied with care, this shield can prevent the customary scratches and scuffs produced by soft luggage slung across the tail, tank or other exposed plastics.


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Many riders like the weight savings of rackless soft panniers, but avoid using them because of the unsightly scratches and rub marks they leave behind. Now you can run a lighter luggage system without scratching up your paint and keep the resale value high on your ride. Just don’t expect it to defend your paint against rocks or fall damage. Your motorcycle matters dearly to you, so keep it safe, protected and looking clean.

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Author: Kyra Sacdalan
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Massimo Lorenzini
Massimo Lorenzini
January 12, 2015 11:58 am

This is not a simple bolt on item (Tusk 1 1/8″ handlebar). Even the photo shows you need something like the Roxx bar risers to make it bit as the stock mount is for 7/8″ bars. This fact was not mentioned in the article.

Massimo Lorenzini
Massimo Lorenzini
January 12, 2015 12:02 pm

Of course the very next farkle in the article is the handlebar adapter.

Joe
Joe
January 12, 2015 2:13 pm

This was a good read. Great job, ADVPulse, and thanks for posting this story.

Eric A.
Eric A.
January 12, 2015 2:33 pm

Great tips guys! I have the Ortlieb bag and love it!

Rick Recoop
Rick Recoop
January 13, 2015 7:54 am

Come on, a picture of a KLR in an article about cheap mods and no mention of milk crates?

Kyra
Kyra
January 13, 2015 11:06 am
Reply to  Rick Recoop

Shoot! That would have been killer add-on. Right after the bungee net.

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[…] KLR650 test bike already had a set of oversized 1-1/8″ diameter handlebars which required us to use an oversized handlebar mounting kit to install the handguards. These […]

miguel miranda
miguel miranda
December 18, 2015 4:44 pm

How did you put the bar ends back in that klr? Just did this mod on m y 2014 klr but don’t know how to put the bar ends back

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
December 18, 2015 5:17 pm
Reply to  miguel miranda

Hi Miguel. Which mod? The Tusk Handlebars?

Marty
Marty
May 22, 2019 9:57 am

Coleman saddle pad is barely a half inch thick and pretty useless. I gave mine away for free after a 600 mile ride in which mine did ZIP ZILCH NADA for comfort. In fact, I rode through rain and it made my behind and inner thighs feel about 1000x’s worse than if I didn’t have it.

Rick Woodland
Rick Woodland
August 13, 2021 2:55 pm
Reply to  Marty

Everyone’s different, I guess: I’ve heard a few different guys praise the Coleman as a cheap, yet useful add-on that gave them some saddle relief.

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