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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Default My shifter toe HURTS

I think I have a problem. OK, I admit I am getting older but I don't think it is arthritis... BUT

First nothing wrong with my VV, I don't have a heel toe shifter so I use the big toe to up shift. I drive in a lot of traffic so I shift a lot. I think my issue is I just need more protection. I am thinking a Heel Toe shifter would be GREAT but too expensive. My solution I think is a steel toe boot.

Anyone else have this problem? Would a steel toe fix?

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I think I have a problem. OK, I admit I am getting older but I don't think it is arthritis... BUT

First nothing wrong with my VV, I don't have a heel toe shifter so I use the big toe to up shift. I drive in a lot of traffic so I shift a lot. I think my issue is I just need more protection. I am thinking a Heel Toe shifter would be GREAT but too expensive. My solution I think is a steel toe boot.

Anyone else have this problem? Would a steel toe fix?

Thanks!
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Bill a pair of stiff toed boots will def do the trick! I would look into motorcycle specific boots though, that way the toe is narrow enough to fit under the shifter comfortably. cyclegear.com as several pairs on sale that aren't too flashy.

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A good pair of boots will probably cost you more than a $100 heel toe shifter and you'll have to replace the boots eventually which will cost more money.
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+1 on riding boots AND be sure you are preloading the shifter for easier and quieter shifts.

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Might I suggest and adjustmet, or two.
First, stop using your toe to shift. Get the shifter over the meaty part of your foot just behind the toe joints.
Second, adjust your shift lever so you don't have to raise your foot so high. Well, if you haven't already.
Third, go out and invest in some proper motorcycle touring boots. They offer a lot of protection that regular shoes and boots don't for riding and crashing.

If you have wide feet I can suggest a brand that runs wide. Most are regular, I guess width. These aren't dual sport or MX boots, although they would also work, but are not too different looking when your pants are over them than a regular boot. In fact I would think that no one would notice they are MC boots unless thay knew what they were looking at.

Getting older isn't for the faint of heart, but beats the alternative.

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Suck it up, buttercup. Get on that bike and ride !
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Heel -- toe is the way to go with these low revving bikes. Makes all the difference in the world and around the same price as a decent pair of boots...


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Heel -- toe is the way to go with these low revving bikes. Makes all the difference in the world and around the same price as a decent pair of boots...


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Dontcha think he should be wearing proper riding boots though--in case of a go down? Dress for the crash, not the ride.

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Dontcha think he should be wearing proper riding boots though--in case of a go down? Dress for the crash, not the ride.
Yes! +100

I personally never, ever get on a bike without decent boots and I surely didn't mean to infer that your choice should be one or the other (although I see after reading my post that I did just that)... Even a 3mph fall down can result in serious foot/ankle injuries and good boots do a good job in helping to prevent those kind of injuries.

My point was that you shift a lot more on these bikes than most and their toe shifter is designed to not be babied, has a fairly long throw and it takes significant effort using the toe only, especially when up-shifting. The heel/toe shifter moves the shifting effort away from your small ankle and foot muscles and transfers it to your larger leg, hip and core muscles--it's less fatiguing to use.

I bought the Victory one for around $99; it has a narrow horizontal surface and never gets in the way of my size 14 boots. I am really happy with that mod and would definitely recommend it to anyone!

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