1. Although the K1200RS/GT offers handlebar adjustment, it does not allow the handlebar ends to pivot. For maximum combat touring effect, I chose to move the bars all the way forward and down, but also I needed to sweep the bar angle backwards ten degrees or so. This not only gives better hand ergonomics, it gives the hands better weather protection. And with the GT's upper fairing extensions (hand protectors) the lowest non-comfort barbacks cause an interference problem between the protectors and the hand levers unless this extra angle is added.
With the handlebar removed from the barback, you can see clearly the grooves which not only hold the bar in place front to back, but also keep it from pivoting. To increase the angle of the handlebar end, we'll need to make new grooves at an angle.