Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Los Angeles, Ca, USA
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?