F6B Heal Toe Shifter


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F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by Jiml » Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:35 pm



Should I be concerned about a F6B having a heal toe shifter installed?
I'm looking to buy a 2013 but I've heard that this non-stock equipment can cause problems.
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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:08 pm

It would bother me, as you can't know the rider's habits of whether or not he allowed his feet to rest on the shifter.... that can bend the forks.

IF, a test ride reveals a clean shift, up and down, all the way, many times,
then it should be okay. but that Heel toe shifter would disappear for me.
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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by Viking » Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:07 am

Does the bike also have floorboards? Those can also be a problem unless a person has very long legs. A friend of mine gave those a try, and passed them on to me. I gave them a try, but they then ended up in my pass on pile, along with the heel/toe shifter, which on a GL1800 is not the smoothest shifter available. The stock shifting is probably the nicest to use.
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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by Jiml » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:30 am

Can't verify previous rider's shifting habits but bike has only 8K miles. Yes floor boards are present as well high highway boards which allow for leg position changes. What other problems could the floor boards create?

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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by Viking » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:01 am

The high highway boards are okay if you like them. The big floorboards get in the way of putting your legs down at stops. If they do not bother you, keep em. I needed to lift them with my boot so I could get to the ground, but I have a 30 inch inseam, so legs are not real long. Lifting them with my boot every time I came to a stop was a hazardous pain in the ankle. Went back to pegs. I also had the high boards by Kuryakyn, but could never get them into a position that was comfortable, so I went back to the Ergo II pegs with that also. Those boards also went into my Pass On Box. The floorboard kit with heel/toe shifter has been passed on to someone who wanted to try them. I think they got passed from them to someone else, etc. I still have the highway boards, as well as 1 1/2 and 4 inch arms for the kits. I am using 6 inch arms with my highway pegs.
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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:26 pm

I bought a '98SE with floorboards and heel toe shifter on it.

the very first time that I had to pull off the highway, about 50 miles after I bought it,
the road base sloped downhill about 15 degrees from the pavement.

I needed to put my right foot down "now" to keep the bike vertical.
the floorboards pushed my boot out so far, that the bike was on the ground before I could touch the ground.

they came off right away.
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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by raven41951 » Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:30 pm

I installed matte black Kuryakin floor boards with heel-toe shifter and Rivco Aero pegs from cyclemax. Easy install for both. I like riding with floor boards and find with them I rarely need highway pegs as I can never get comfortable with them anyway. The boards allow me to move my feet about to stay comfortable and it keeps the cramps away. I have a 30" inseam and can reach the ground without flipping them up, although I do, when dismounting (and mounting) which is quite simple. No problems with the shifter if properly installed. My feet are on the boards when not shifting so there is no tendency to rest my toe on the shift as there is with the pegs and shifts are crisp with no misses.

Foot pegs tend to cause aches and cramps in my arches and I had boards on my shadow and really liked them. I never put them on the 1500 cause I knew I was going to an 1800. Your feet are higher so it reduces the amount of heat they get from the foot heaters. All in all I am happy with both.

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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by DaveO430 » Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:21 pm

AZgl1800 wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:08 pm
It would bother me, as you can't know the rider's habits of whether or not he allowed his feet to rest on the shifter.... that can bend the forks.

That actually can not bend the shift forks. When you shift the drum rotates as far as the shifter stops will allow and no farther. I believe that if the shift forks were bent by the shifter it is because the heel/toe gives more leverage for someone to stomp on the pedal trying to shift, find neutral when the engine isn't running. If the shift dogs are not lined up with the slots in the gears it is not going to shift until the gears turn.

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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by RockportDave » Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:43 pm

Had floorboards and heeltoe shifter on my 1981 Interstate, 1985 LTD and 1988 1500. Really liked them and only problem I had was leaning hard on a curve with my foot too far forward and mashed a toe between the floorboard and the engine when the floorboard rolled up. Don’t remember which bike it was but remembered not to do it again.
My current 99 SE has pegs and I would consider floorboards, but I want Markland which are hard to find. I find the floorboards more comfortable on long rides.
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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by raven41951 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:25 pm

I too have scraped a floorboard or two but no problems resulted.

As far as Markland goes, I had a pair of Markland highway boards that came on my 1500. I have searched, but it appears they are no longer doing business. You’ll have to find some used ones.

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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by Jiml » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:09 pm

The floor boards and shifter are Kuryakyn brand. It appears that there is a variety of opinions as to whether they are desirable or not.
My concern is mainly whether they can lead to mechanical problems and several members have chimed in about this.

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Re: F6B Heal Toe Shifter

Post by raven41951 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:02 am

I have had mine on for less than a year but so far no issues. I had to make a few adjustments as after the initial install there was some slight binding of the shifter when connected to the heel/toe device but after a couple of tweaks that issue is resolved.



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