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post #1 of 3 Old Feb 23rd, 2012, 5:28 pm Thread Starter
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2003 K1200GT Handlebar Extension

I recently purchased a 2003 K1200GT to replace my 2002 R1150RT. The bike runs very nice, however, the seating position is too far back and too low for me. It makes my back and wrists ache.

Does anyone have any experience adding handlebar extensions or changing the handlebars to something that allows a bit more of an upright seating position?

I've seen some information about different extensions that allow you to move the OEM handlebars back and up a couple of inches. However, these all seem to be a bit of a Mickey Mouse solution. Has anyone tried using a set of R1150RT or R1200RT or similar BMW touring handlebars on a GT? I know the mounting bracket is different for the K1200GT and R1150RT, however, if there was an adapter it should be possible to adapt the two so it would fit.

Any other ideas for improving the riding position on a GT? If not, I'll have to consider using the aftermarket handlebar extensions and try not to think too hard about it looking Mickey Mouse.

Also, I'll probably have to change the brake lines. I'm thinking of putting on Speiglers since the OEM lines are old and need to be replaced anyway. Any thoughts?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old Feb 23rd, 2012, 5:38 pm
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Re: 2003 K1200GT Handlebar Extension

Good question, but this is the forum for the newer (and completely different) K1200GT and K1300GT from 2006 to 2011.

If you want to stay on this website, try this forum:
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=56

Better yet, go to this forum on the "sister" website:
http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=42
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post #3 of 3 Old Feb 25th, 2012, 2:35 pm
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Re: 2003 K1200GT Handlebar Extension

I just put a set of handlebar extensions on a 2004 K1200GT. I'm not sure what brand they were, but it was really quite simple. They are very similar to the Vario-Ergo from Wunderlich. Brake lines are OK - the only thing that might give you trouble is the throttle cables. In this case, I didn't have to change them so I've got a set of unused cables. It left you sit up and back slightly, I personally don't think they look to cheezy. Certainly are strong enough.
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