GL1500 heel toe shifters


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GL1500 heel toe shifters

Postby yamaha96 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:47 pm



i am a new member to the site, i own a 1989 gl 1500 wing, was just wondering what is the opinion on putting heel toe shifters on my bike, will it cause problems with the shifter , i have heard different opions on this, all answers will be considered .



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Postby dingdong » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:11 pm

Yamaha96: Go to the top left and post a thread under "Newtopic" You will get some replies.

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Postby yamaha96 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:39 pm

I am new to this forum, i own a 1989 gl1500 se , i have heard mixed stories on heal toe shifters , was just wondering if it causes trouble with shifter rod, please reply , all information appreciated.

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Re: GL1500 heel toe shifters

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:12 pm

It depends. Some heel/toe shifters leave the original shifter in place, and use a pair of forks attached to the heel/toe lever to shove the original shifter up and down. Others replace the shifter with a rod and cam, so that when the heel/toe lever is actuated, it rotates the shift shaft back and forth.

Either type, depending on how it was engineered, can apply excessive force to the shift mechanism if the heel/toe lever is stomped on, and that's really the main problem - you don't typically "stomp" a normal shift lever, you gently lift it up or press it down with your toes.

The 1500 I just got had footboards with a heel/toe shifter. I took them off and returned the bike to original pegs and shifter. I MUCH prefer it that way. I find it easier to ride, and safer too. The original pegs are plenty wide enough to be comfortable on long rides.




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