What to say about the handles and bracket...
Starting point had the Givi rack on the rear already, so the bolt heads were already in a tad different spot. To get to the same starting place you'd need spacers to get the bolt heads out of the holes that the stock grab handles. My bracket on the back 2 holes snugs up to the rack bracket.
The rear hole is the bracket only, the middle hole has a spacer between the bracket and the handle to keep it 'level'. That required a pretty long replacement bolt (and a washer lol). The front hole on the handle was the stock VFR bolt with a locknut and a washer.
The brackets I made out of a strip of aluminum I got at my hardware store. Liked that it was easy to cut/drill and wouldn't rust. Also counting on the common middle hole to add rigidity to the entire assembly. I decided to do it that way so the handles would mount farther forward to be more of a straight down grip location.
The handles were reversed (right side of the VFR on the left of the '9er and with the handle forward instead of rear duh) to compensate for the more rearward location of the grab handle bolts.
There's a tad of wobble in the handles, but they're mainly for her to hold on to when we're cruising straight, or in the city... The best way I could think of making them rock solid would be to add an angled "L" shaped section or a spine... or use a thicker piece of steel?
I'll take more step by step pics tomorrow when the paint is dry and I reassemble/install them (with threadlocker). If I find the wobble to be a bit much I'll see about maybe getting some cut out of 'better' material.
Making your own set? I used a strip of 1" wide aluminum as aforementioned. Measured distance between grab handle holes, then between handle holes. Used the stock measurement for distance between 1 and 2, them the measure for the handle between 2 and 3. Drilled the holes in the aluminum as close to the edge as I felt comfortable knowing I'd need to trim out a bit to snug up to the stock grab handle. I used my bench grinder to smooth out the corners as well as carve out a tad between the 1 and 2 holes. Then a quick coat of Rust-Oleum flat black.
That's all I think there was to it.