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    Wrist Angle on handlebars R1200RT

    Has anyone altered the wrist angle on their handlebars on a R1200RT. On the K1200LT I have extended the bars back closer to the seat and at the same time changed the positioning to the hands. It really is nice to change to a more relaxed wrist angle straight with the forearms. I believe I read on this site of a bar back with a slight change in the bolt pattern to change the rake of the grips.

    I would appreciate comments and suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrenchbender View Post
    Has anyone altered the wrist angle on their handlebars on a R1200RT. On the K1200LT I have extended the bars back closer to the seat and at the same time changed the positioning to the hands. It really is nice to change to a more relaxed wrist angle straight with the forearms. I believe I read on this site of a bar back with a slight change in the bolt pattern to change the rake of the grips.

    I would appreciate comments and suggestions.
    My left wrist was crushed when a Honda Civic decided to challenge me for dominance of the Universe. I tackled the Civic and won a decisive moral victory, however my left wrist was shattered in the process.

    The RT leaned me just far enough forward to put pressure on that wrist. Bar backs might have helped, but it still would have (I think) been an issue. I ended up trading my RT for a GSA precisely because of this. I just couldn't handle the forward tilt of the RT.

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    Wrenchbender - please read: http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=46055 - Can you imagine how much more likely someone might open your thread if they know what bike you're asking about? I've added that info to your thread title. Hopefully someone can help you.
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    I had exactly that issue with my '05 RT. The wrist angle "scrunched" my shoulder blades, making for spasms. I had a machinist friend make a custom set of barbacks, with the longitudinal angle of the bars reduced by about 10 degrees. It cured that problem.If I had to do it again, I'd go for more change of angle.

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    The Verholen handlebar risers for the R1200RT have an adjustable angle:
    http://www.creativecycleconcepts.com...&Category=1932

    I have them and they are well made. They should be for the price.

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    For that price, they need to have a little woman living in them that will give you a manicure as you're going down the road.
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    Thanks everyone. That is what I have been looking for. I wish the Verholen bar backs didn't have to cost so much as that is exactly what I want.

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    Wrenchbender,
    Please note that the Verholens are adjustable AWAY from you, not towards you. If that's what you need it will be well worth it. Although the manicure would be nice...

    lso if you get them, make sure you gently remove the BMW roundel from the center of the handlebar plate so that you can reuse it on the Verholen plate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozonewanderer View Post
    Wrenchbender,
    Please note that the Verholens are adjustable AWAY from you, not towards you. If that's what you need it will be well worth it. Although the manicure would be nice...

    lso if you get them, make sure you gently remove the BMW roundel from the center of the handlebar plate so that you can reuse it on the Verholen plate.
    Verholens can be adjust in and out. It just has the tick marks labeled for adjusting out.

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    I have had my barbacks on and off at least 5 times since I bought my '09 RT and currently have them off.

    The bike handles better without them and I have learned to keep my elbows low and wrists flat when I ride.

    It takes some discipline, but once practiced becomes second nature.

    Here is a good explanation:

    The proper arm position for any bike involves having your elbows at or slightly below the level of of the handlebars… So that your forearm is parallel the ground (or bent slightly upward). This is the position in which you have the most control, and the least resistance, where the bars feel lightest and respond most accurately to your steering inputs.
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    2012 rt1200

    I went with the vario riser which go back and out along with the ilium hwy pegs that made a huge difference now I am adding a Russell daylong seat with there back rest I'll post after the seat comes in but I've tried the bar backs all they do is go up didn't really help but after the install on the vario risers out about an inch made a world of difference!

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