I realize this is an old thread but thought I'd weigh in on this one.
First, Heli makes great bar risers. I had them fitted on my 2011 Kawsaki Concours 14 and my 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R. Now I DID remove them eventually from both, (with those a 5 minute affair), for the bulk of my riding simply because neither bike really needed them, but I can see where someone might opt for the subtle risers on the S1000RR.
For those who feel that it compromises the "pure race/sporting nature" of the bike I say baloney. The SThou has severe swept and lowered bars, much more so than say a CBR 1000 or even the Gen 4ZX-10R Kawi. I do NOT find the stock bars uncomfortable for any kind of riding short of those quick jaunts filled with one stop light after another. But then again, I don't ride this bike for that purpose. When I take the SThou out, it's a trip to get to the twisties, while using knees and core to stay off the bars. I'm as comfortable as you can be on a sport bike. So it's not about long touring, although I never take the BMW out for less than 200-250 mile runs). I have a sport touring bike for that. It's about better leverage and handling for STREET riding.
Someone already mentioned it, but to get the maximum performance from the SThou one has to ger really low, chest on the tank and head really low, which is of course the ideal track and I suppose severly aggressive street riding position. I do it all the time and enjoy every second of it. Having said that, and probably particularly after riding my new Triumph Street Triple R with the "sit up and beg" riding postion, it's apparant how nicely a bit of bar leverage is, without the extreme lowered postion, as you would be in on the track on the BMW, and forced to be in on the street, while not being concerned about what is around the next blind corner, staying within your turn lane etc.
Essentially it is not even close to any kind of radical naked bike bar height change, nor does it compromise handling on the street or likely the track, yet provides the kind of bar leverage, coupled with the same correct body positioning required to execute perfect turns, without having to get in the severely lowered chest to the tank position for aggressive curves. That isn't to say, they prevent you from getting in that position in any way. It just gives you more of an option.
For me aesthetics really do matter and I would not want something that changed the look of the aggressive race stance of the bike. IMO these bars don't and would likely not even be noticed by the eye unless they weren't stamped Heli on the base.
I don't own or have these on my bike and not even sure I will, again because I just haven't found the need, but the 200 mile ride yesterday morning on the Street Triple did make me consider for the first time if it wouldn't be a good idea to throw a set of these on the Bimmer.
2013 BMW K1600 GT
2015 BMW S1000RR
2014 Triumph Thruxton
"I have no idea. How fast was I going?"
Last edited by Jagman; 02-04-2013 at 03:22 PM.