Shiftless old man in need of advise


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oldcase
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Shiftless old man in need of advise

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I purchased a new to me 97 gl 1500 se this winter. I am having shifting problems--most notably up shifting. I am 6-8 and 340 and have a very difficult time getting my size 18 boot under the shifter. I also have foot drop in my left foot which does not help. I can downshift okay, but just cannot make my toe go under the shifter. I looked into the electric shifters, heel-toe, and moving the peg lower and rearward. I rode a gl 1000 for years and this was not nearly as much of a problem. Perhaps, the problem is more that there is a proliferation of stoplights in Kansas. There used to be first 1 stoplight then two on the way to work, now there are 14. More shifting required. My closest answer so far is to wear a basketball shoe on my left foot. I don't think that qualifies as ATGATT. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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Post by Viking »

My only suggestion would be to get some boots that fit the problem. Most of the off road boot makers like Alpine have a street version. The toe of the boot is not so thick as, say, an engineer or motorcycle cowboy style boot. I am nowhere near your size, but had this same problem with my old Harley boots when I bought a GL1800. I got some TCX boots and not only do they fit under the shifter, but they are actually MORE comfortable than my bike boots were.

https://www.amazon.com/TCX-X-Five-EVO-G ... pons&psc=1

This is just one example, and probably the most expensive of the TCX boots. I personally have the Air Tech model.

https://fortnine.ca/en/tcx-airtech-evo-gore-tex-boots

The one problem of course is, depending on your job, these may not be suitable to wear all day at work.
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You might consider a heel/toe shifter. They're not for everybody, but it would eliminate the need to get the toe of your boot under the shifter.
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Agree with the heel/toe shifter. Keeps your foot on top of the shifter at all times, which would be a plus if you're dealing with foot drop to begin with. I really like mine.

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mterraci wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:44 pm
Agree with the heel/toe shifter. Keeps your foot on top of the shifter at all times, which would be a plus if you're dealing with foot drop to begin with. I really like mine.
You shouldn't keep your foot on top of the shifter with a heel-toe shifter. Put your foot next to it, then lift it up and push down on the shifter when you need to shift gears.

Resting your foot on a heel-toe shifter is the best way to wear out your shift forks, because it puts constant pressure on them.

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The 1500 I have now has pegs and wearing my riding boots (Bilt Pro Tourer) was “odd” feeling when I first got it. I have to roll my foot forward on the peg to get under the shifter. I’m used to it now, but I know what your saying.
I had a GL1200 and two 1500’s with floorboards and heel/toe shifters and I like them. They are great once you get used to them, but as WingAdmin said, do not get used to riding with your foot on the shifter.
A negative I found out the hard way about floorboards is don’t put your foot too far forward while hard cornering. Mashed my toe for about a second between the floorboard and the engine.
A positive about the floorboards is you can move your feet around while on long rides.
If you go to the floorboards, you should consider installing the shifter support if you haven’t already.
Add On’s Lowboy set mounts a little lower than the pegs which may give you more leg room.
Show Chrome makes a set that is the same height as the pegs.
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