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Riding boots

Post by rmoss » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:23 pm



I'm looking to buy a good pair of Gortex Boots for riding.
I bought a pair of TCX Airtech EVO Gortex Boots. Very comfortable boot to walk in. :P Thought I was sold on them until I sat on GL1800. :( Well I was unable to shift the gears. I could not get my toes under the shifter. 2 problems either toe of boot was to thick or I could not flex my foot enough or maybe a combination of both.
So my Question is, is there enough room to move the shifter 1 cog on the shifter shaft. To me it looked like there was not enough room to allow the shifter to change gears if I moved it.
Second question is does anybody know of a good Gortex Boot that works on these bikes and is comfortable to walk in as.

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Re: Riding boots

Post by MikeB » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:42 am

Is there a special reason for Gore-Tex? Is it for warmth or water proofing?

I ask because I have never had Gore-Tex boots. I have for the last 15 years used the Cruiser Works https://cruiserworks.com/ motorcycle boots. Both the Tour and the Classic. They are comfortable to wear and walk in, flexible and water-proof. I've never had a wet sock or foot since wearing them and I have only experienced cold toes when it is well below 40 degrees. To combat the cold toes, I started using the Gerbings heated insoles. Never a cold toe since.
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Post by themainviking » Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:06 am

I wear TCX Airtech GTX boots for riding my GL1800 and have not had the same problems you are describing. Perhaps it is a matter of working the boot till you can flex at the ankle. Perhaps my boot and your boot are not alike enough for me to truly answer, but I have about worn out one set and have a brand new pair here ready to go. Both have been fine for shifting. I have engineer boots like MikeB mentioned, in fact two types, and one is too thick toed to ride with, the other is fine. If I had paid the bucks for the TCX though, I would be softening and crushing them into a shape that would work for me, :lol:
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Re: Riding boots

Post by newday777 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:53 am

At the bottom of this page of dhsracing is a heim joint kit to make your shifter adjustable if that's what you want.

http://dhsracing.com/GL-1800.htm

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Re: Riding boots

Post by Grindl » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:43 am

Gore-Tex ? Great for air-breathin jackets , but for boots ? For ridin ? I respect my feet and ankles more than that . I strongly suggest to anyone who rides to get high grade , high quality boots made of real leather , or preferably Sharkskin , if you can afford them . For the price I've seen on Gore-Tex , you can afford Sharkskin boots , and you'll get to keep your feet if something goes wrong .
Thirty - plus years of riding G-W's wearing Tony Llama's , 12" stovepipe , Sharkskin western boots has proven to me , that when the rider meets the road , I want Shark hide between me and the pavement . Don't want to see what your foot / ankle will look like if you get it caught under a sliding Wing wearing a Gore-Tex boot . I got blind-side knocked down and slid for 184 feet , with my left leg trapped under the bike , wearing above mentioned "cowboy" boots . The pavement ( grinder) wore half-way thru the first layer , and my foot / ankle ? Not a scratch . Some minor road rash on my leg ; up to the knee , above the boot , where it would occasionally drag the ground as the bike slid along . I might be "Old School" ; low "Tech", and "Un-cool" , by todays Techie standards . But what I'm not , is gullible enough to believe that Gore-Tex fabric is tougher and stronger than Sharkskin .
Your feet ...Your choice . Just another point of view . And I don't have any shifter problems on any bike I get on . And I get on a bunch of different ones weekly .

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Re: Riding boots

Post by themainviking » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:03 am

Grindl wrote:Gore-Tex for boots ?
The Gore Tex is the liner. The boots are made of armoured leather and other hard substances. The Gore Tex is just there to allow the boot to breath and to keep feet warm in colder riding temps. You are correct, that if Gore Tex was the actual substance of which the whole boot was made, it would be more like a glove than a boot.
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Re: Riding boots

Post by detdrbuzzard » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:31 pm

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Re: Riding boots

Post by rmoss » Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:51 pm

Thanks for all the great posts. As mentioned the reason for gortex is breathable and waterproof. Looks like I will have to just keep looking for a boot that suits me. Alpinestars seem to fit the picture. I think I will look into the land ends and I also saw a few other styles that looked promising. Are those land ends comfortable to walk in as that is a very important factor.
Keep the ideas coming they are excellent. Thanks for the help so far.

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Re: Riding boots

Post by rmoss » Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:53 pm

Thanks for all the great posts. As mentioned the reason for gortex is breathable and waterproof. Looks like I will have to just keep looking for a boot that suits me. Alpinestars seem to fit the picture. I think I will look into the New lans and I also saw a few other styles that looked promising. Are those New lands comfortable to walk in as that is a very important factor.
Keep the ideas coming they are excellent. Thanks for the help so far.

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Re: Riding boots

Post by Grindl » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:59 am

Appreciate the info "Viking" . Guess I am out of touch with this "new" breed of riders . Armored boots . Gore-Tex liners . Blue-tooth headsets , and GPS units . And to think I've survived ridin a scoot for fifty-four years , using a Rand-McNally , and with jeans , a t-shirt , and cowboy boots . And not even a skid lid , unless required in those Blue "Nanny-states" in the east .

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Re: Riding boots

Post by robb » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:42 am

I did not see shoe size mentioned as that could be part of your problem. On my GL1500 my size 10 was a good fit but my brother with size 13 would not. He had no problem with his cowboy boots.

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Post by detdrbuzzard » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:21 pm

rmoss wrote:Thanks for all the great posts. As mentioned the reason for gortex is breathable and waterproof. Looks like I will have to just keep looking for a boot that suits me. Alpinestars seem to fit the picture. I think I will look into the land ends and I also saw a few other styles that looked promising. Are those land ends comfortable to walk in as that is a very important factor.
Keep the ideas coming they are excellent. Thanks for the help so far.
I've had no problems walking in the alpinestars but if I know i'll be doing a lot of walking I take a pair of shoes cause like most of us my knees are not the greatest
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Re: Riding boots

Post by rmoss » Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:02 pm

Good to know on the walking. Don't normally walk miles but do walk a lot when out touring and sight seeing.
also never thought about boot size. I'm a 11 1/2 so I guess someone with a size 9 would have a lot easier time shifting.

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Post by detdrbuzzard » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:40 pm

rmoss wrote:Good to know on the walking. Don't normally walk miles but do walk a lot when out touring and sight seeing.
also never thought about boot size. I'm a 11 1/2 so I guess someone with a size 9 would have a lot easier time shifting.
I wear a size 12 and have no problems with the shifter on my 1500 wing or the mighty ST 1300
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Re: Riding boots

Post by miflyer » Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:19 am

Hi Bob,
I have been a fan of Merrell shoes and boots for quite some time. At the start of last years riding season, I bought a pair of Epiction Polar Waterproof boots by Merrell. Don't let the word Polar in the name fool you into thinking they are for sub-zero riding,, but I have to say they are the most comfortable pair of boots/shoes I have owned in a very long time.
As far as water proof,,, you betcha they are. I have ridden in some torrential rain storms, and they have kept my feet dry as a bone.
They are actually my "every day" shoes.
You can find them at Amazon, or in better shoe stores. I would say they are reasonably priced boots.

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Re: Riding boots

Post by FM-USA » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:40 am

It's a shame the Totes brand don't make something for us riders. I think they'll make a double mint in both summer and cold weather.
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Re: Riding boots

Post by robb » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:20 pm

Personally I prefer rain boot covers over my tennis shoes. Dry and warm in nasty weather.

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Re: Riding boots

Post by FM-USA » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:53 pm

20 some years ago I bought a box of 5 gallon plastic pail liners for paint. I used less than 5, go fig'r.
So these liners are, if I remember, 10-12 mil. 5 gallon is large enough for the largest of Gorilla feets and plenty strong enough for rain boot covers. Well they're NOT a fashion statement but who cares when it's pouring out, onlookers are NOT looking at your Po-Man's booties. :D
A few layers of DUCT-TAPE as souls will make them last longer and several rubber bands snug up the loose bag so not to flap in the wind.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I seen sport riders wrap there feet up with saran wrap. That stuff now comes in colors. ;)
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Re: Riding boots

Post by rmoss » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:52 pm

Well I finally found a pair of boots for riding.
I ended up with a pair of Gaerne hybrid gortex boots. These boots are quite comfortable to walk in and I have no problem shifting. The toe is not to thick like a lot of other manufactures. They have a nice sole with a good tread but not to agressive.
I guess if I had one complaint it would be that they do not come in half sizes. A 10 was to tight and a 11 was a bit sloppy. I chose the 11 and bought a good quality insole and now they fit perfect. Price was $289 Canadian from Fortnine. (Canadian Motorcycles). I normally wear a size 11.5 in a running shoe.

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Re: Riding boots

Post by GLer » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:57 am

Riding boots, what for?

I spent 300+ bucks on a pair of Canyon Sidi boots and you know what, my favorite riding boots are still the Sears boots which were on Sale, then I applied for a Sears credit card and got another 25% off...I ended up paying 25 bucks for these things. They are my favorite.



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Re: Riding boots

Post by Corkster52 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:23 am

https://www.2wheel.com/gaerne-g-hybrid- ... DQodQnoG1A

The Gaernes look nice, but not having half sizes and special widths either could be the killer for me. The price of them are decent though.

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Re: Riding boots

Post by themainviking » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:18 am

Y'All know about them "Antiquated Laws" that have never been removed from the books, and sometimes get a person in trouble over something about as stoooopid as stupid gets?

Well, here in Ontario, there is a law, from about 1904 or so, that says it is illegal to wear a lace up boot on a motorcycle (or bicycle). Reportedly, it is because the laces can get caught in the rear spokes or chain and cause an accident which could have fatal consequences. I have never experienced this law being enforced, and most cops do not even know about it, but it is apparently there somewhere. The fact that our bikes do not have chains or spoked rear wheels is not taken into consideration.

This was just meant as a Trivia item, not a warning.
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Re: Riding boots

Post by FM-USA » Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:06 am

themainviking wrote:Y'All know about them "Antiquated Laws" that have never been removed from the books, . .
I agree way too many.
As we know, our politicians have little to do. MAYBE part of their job they should go back into their book of laws and remove many and/or update quite a few.

2 vehicles at an intersection. Neither shall move until the other has passed. :shock:
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Re: Riding boots

Post by themainviking » Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:46 am

FM-USA wrote:
themainviking wrote:Y'All know about them "Antiquated Laws" that have never been removed from the books, . .
2 vehicles at an intersection. Neither shall move until the other has passed. :shock:
Two walking on a sidewalk side by side. A third joins them, it becomes illegal. If the third joins on the outside, he/she is the perpetrator, if he/she joins on the inside, the person on the outside becomes the perpatrator. This is/was a law in Halifax, NS, Canada.

Now I have to apologize because I seem to have taken this from the subject of boots. The person who joined on the sidewalk was wearing boots......... :lol:
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Re: Riding boots

Post by FM-USA » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:32 am

themainviking wrote:
FM-USA wrote:
themainviking wrote:Y'All know about them "Antiquated Laws" that have never been removed from the books, . .
2 vehicles at an intersection. Neither shall move until the other has passed. :shock:
Two walking on a sidewalk side by side. A third joins them, it becomes illegal. If the third joins on the outside, he/she is the perpetrator, if he/she joins on the inside, the person on the outside becomes the perpatrator. This is/was a law in Halifax, NS, Canada.

Now I have to apologize because I seem to have taken this from the subject of boots. The person who joined on the sidewalk was wearing boots......... :lol:
??? But if 2 are wearing BOOTS, the one not is the perpetrator even if perpetrator is in the center or inside. ???
LOOP-HOLES, even for riding boots. :twisted:


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