Driver Floor Boards


Information and questions on GL1100 Goldwings (1980-1983)
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lovig214
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Driver Floor Boards

Postby lovig214 » Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:01 pm



Hi guys I'm back again.
I have a question about the rider floor Boards on my 1983 gl1100 Interstate. This is my first full bike. I am having a hard time getting used to the heel toe shifter and the floor boards make my legs quite wide when I balance the bike. Is there a peg or something different that can be use so I could go back to a toe shifter? Or do I just need to get over it. Thanks Craig



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gordonv
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Re: Driver Floor Boards

Postby gordonv » Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:53 pm

I own an ACE Shadow Tourer which cam with a heel-toe shift, and I put 15K KM on that bike and love it. Bought an 99' Valkyrie IS and after driving it home 1300 Miles, I put a floorboard/heel-toe shifter on it. After driving it for 2 days, and starting to get used to it, took it off and now have it for sale.

So, I would say the choice is yours. I also didn't like how the Valks board placed my feet, and the way the shifter was I had more missed shifts than 5 yrs of riding.

Also, I bought a set of GL1100 front/back floorboards and heel-toe shifter, but I want to clean (and possible paint) them first before going on the bike. I hope they feel better than the Valk did.

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lhelber
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Re: Driver Floor Boards

Postby lhelber » Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:25 am

Originally I believe most Wings came with pegs. You should be able to convert back if you like. Personally I prefer the floorboards.

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blkhot08
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Re: Driver Floor Boards

Postby blkhot08 » Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:38 pm

When i got my gold wing it had the boards and i didnt like them, but now i think I like them better. and the boards are nice for resting the foot on .. although I might get a highway peg of some kind to spread out a little farther when cursin g the interstate.

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Re: Driver Floor Boards

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:18 pm

I didn't like the boards that were on my bike when I first got it - but I've got quite used to them, and they're very comfy on long rides. You just have to get used to scraping them in tight turns - and make sure you get your toes out from between the board and the engine crash bar before going into a tight turn, because they pivot up and will crush your toes quite painfully. Ask me how I know!

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Re: Driver Floor Boards

Postby gordonv » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:06 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I didn't like the boards that were on my bike when I first got it - but I've got quite used to them, and they're very comfy on long rides. You just have to get used to scraping them in tight turns - and make sure you get your toes out from between the board and the engine crash bar before going into a tight turn, because they pivot up and will crush your toes quite painfully. Ask me how I know!


I knew there was a GOOD reason why I wear my work steel toed shoes for. Thank you WingAdmin for pointing it out.




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