Since most dealers (and none within 50 miles of me) in this age have a decent selection of handlebars to choose from and determine which is "the one", I decided I would modify the stock one.
Step 1, evaluate and write down what I don't like about the stock set..
1" too much rise
3/4" to 1" too much pullback
1-1/2" too wide overall considering the bar end weights, etc.
Step 2, acquire a donor Vee handlebar (thanks nminus1!) and commence to "disassemble" it. A few minutes with a bead blaster and pipe cutter and we're underway..
I have a section of decent wall thickness steel tube that after a touch of chamfering, is a "light mallet fit" into the stock pieces. I'll be cutting a ~ 1-1/4" dowel to use on each side.
The upper and lower sections will be cut down to give the desired reduced rise and width (and control pod location holes re-drilled). The lower bar section will be drilled so I can plug weld the dowel in place. The upper section will be drilled through, fitted and rotated to give the desired pullback and that piece plug welded as well. Then I'll butt weld the ground joints all the way around and sand it flush.
And then I may look at welding some of that extra steel tubing off the main bars to use as mounting points for accessories. We'll see. If not, I'll call it done, bead blast it all and have it powdercoated.
Anyway, to be continued, slowly, as I only have access to the welder and other equipment I need 1 night a week.