Heli Bar Installed
This may not be news to some, but I am pretty pleased with the decision that I made to pull the handlebars/controls back slightly by using the Heli product for the GT. I ordered it on a Sunday (via their website) and it was on my doorstep on Thursday. The installation was relatively simple other than it was awkward to hold the bars in position and tighten the screws at the same time. If I had another set of hands, this would have been much easier. There is no interference with the tank as I turn the bars from left to right and no manipulation of any of the cables was necessary. I also use a Garmin 2730 mounted on the bars with the BMW mount and this was also a non-issue.
I'm a shorter guy at 5'6" and the extra little reach on the bars while riding was extremely comfortable. I used to experience some numbness on the left hand if I held it steady for a long time period and this seems to be eliminated. Although I felt very comfortable and upright while riding, the jury is still out as to butt sorness. After riding for about 350 miles this past weekend, my butt felt better in the saddle, but the chief complaint of sore ass bones was not gone completely.
I admit that I wasn't pleased with the approximately $200 to pay for a piece of milled metal, but now that I've ridden with it, I'm happy that I made the move. For those who are considered vertically challenged or like a more upright touring position, this really is a great product.