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I want a more upright riding position but I want to keep the "orginal" look so don't really like to install an aftermarket bar back on my 04 KRS. Has anyone changed the stock "comfort" bar with the GT bar? Would that give you a more comfortable riding position? Would I need to replace the cables?

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RT Bars on a GT

My 2004 K1200GT has RT bars installed for a more upright riding position. If you search for posts by GT5_33 with the subject Pictures you can view this application. May not work well on the RS. Tom
 

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Chung.. FYI... If you move your RS Comfort bar to the full out position.. this is just about where the GT bar falls.. Virtually no difference... maybe 1/8" tops... Cables would remain the same.

Have you tried lowering your seat? I'd try that first before going to barbacks.

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I want a more upright riding position but I want to keep the "orginal" look so don't really like to install an aftermarket bar back on my 04 KRS. Has anyone changed the stock "comfort" bar with the GT bar? Would that give you a more comfortable riding position? Would I need to replace the cables?

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Rs / Gt

Chung

Ditto to what Pirate said..
IMO changing your bar to GT would be a waste of time.

Go ahead and try barbacks on your RS bars. If the increased comfort doesn't overcome the slight aesthetic cost you can just take 'em off and sell 'em here. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.
Pirate's Lair probably has some in stock.

All people are different but the addition of barbacks on my GT made a huge improvement to my comfort on the machine.

The only downside for me is that the barbacks raise me up in relation to the screen which makes wind noise more of an issue. Which is to say that b-4 barbacks an Aeroflow standard height touring screen was enough, after barbacks I had to use the Tall Aeroflow.

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In Europe we have Wunderlich, a German firm that specializes in aftermarket parts for BMW motorsycles. They have bar raisers in their catalog that will move your bars an inch up and 2 inches towards you. It consists of two remarkable simple thingies - but when mounted it seems to belong there. Adress: www.wunderlich.de and they do have a section in English.

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Guys, thanks for sharing. I think I will try the bar riser. I think I am going for Pirate's 80mm. I had a go on the th R1150RT and the new R1200RT over the weekend. They are really comfortable. If the make the KRS or KGT with riding position like the RT that it would be the ultimate tourer. But then .... that might affect the sales of the RT. :)

Might be a good time to upgrade the brake lines to steel.
 
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