Before you start making modifications you might want to re-think the need. The bars are mostly, IMHO, for looks and a place to mount farkles. If you like the look then go for it, otherwise...
The bars were needed for the GSA where the tank was wider and didn't have protective plastic panels to protect the tank if sliding down the road. The regular GS the isn't that fat. My '05 hit the ground many, many times in the dirt and rocks and a few times on the road, once at more than parking lot speeds. The upper plastic was never scratched. I don't think the panels ever hit the ground. There were three points of contact: handle bar, crash bar, and panniers.
Last edited by marc; 08-Dec-2015 at 08:06 PM (088).