1) no, it doesn't interfere with the gauges. I was really aware of that during the design phase and I took a lot of measurements to make sure of it. The top of the 'T' sits just below the bottom edge of the gauges. On top of it, I'm a short guy so most bigger guys would definitely have no issue with that.
2) They are a tiny bit higher than stock and a little more pulled back, which I wasn't going for. I could have gone with a bit more trim on the risers as I wanted more of a forward lean, but after getting back from my maiden ride, I think I really like the riding position. Despite the narrower overall width, I feel like I have more control over the steering and more responsiveness. Probably has more to do with the angle of my arms relative to my torso (closer to 90 degrees).
3) I've got Avon Cobra radials and they were transformational. Excellent tires with no tramlining save for the deepest ruts. Much more bump compliance and definitely more grip.
2011 Victory Kingpin 8-Ball
Tach / Dual front discs with Vesrah JL pads / Penske shock / S&S Intake / PCV & autotune / RPW Thor exhaust with homemade custom baffle / Tsukayu leather "Strong" bags / Avon Cobra *Radials* / Ness Vegas Peg Conversion / Ness Vegas driver's seat / Custom T-Apes from BR Custom Cycles