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post #11 of 28 Old 02-15-2009, 12:51 PM
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There is just so much hate going on in this thread.....

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post #12 of 28 Old 02-15-2009, 03:22 PM
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The guy asked a few questions......that was all. And "YES" Suzuki does check in on these threads.

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Well, I will just say an aftermarket heel-toe shifter might be interesting. Why? I commute and do a lot of shoe changing because I don't want to scuff the top of my dress shoes with the shifter. In fact, that is one reason I am looking at an automatic scooter.

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It's a bad idea to ride in dress shoes. Boots are a basic safety item. Keep a pair of shoes at work or carry a pair in the luggage.

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I've ridden one bike with a heel/toe shifter, a Goldwing. I hated it. So did the owner who removed it shortly after purchasing the bike.
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My left leg was badly injured in a car crash. After 19 years it still does not function as I want. Shifting the V-Strom causes me to have pain in the area where one would get 'shin splints'. My Vulcan has the heel-toe shifter. Man, I can stomp out some wicked quick up shifts with that heel shifter. I really like it. Less force required. They are very nice once you get used to them. I don't figure they would be too compatible with a V-Strom, however. I would like to try it.

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It's a bad idea to ride in dress shoes. Boots are a basic safety item. Keep a pair of shoes at work or carry a pair in the luggage.
I know, but some would say riding a bike at all is a bad idea. Just looking at options and heel-toe might be one. Mainly, I was responding since the OP was getting ragged for even asking.

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There's nothing wrong with wanting a heel/toe shifter. Some reasons for wanting one are just better or worse than others.

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Hi Greywolf,
We all ride differently, some harder than others. I crashed 'cuz I was riding too hard. On my Sprint, I had my feet caught between the tarmac and the shifter on many occasions. It hasn't happened on the Wee, at least not yet, because the Wee has more ground clearance than a Sprint and because I don't ride as hard now. That is one reason MotoGP and Superbikes have reverse pattern shifters, because they're not waiting to exit a corner to shift if they need to, and they are way leaned over while still shifting. I am not putting myself in their category, but I understand the principle.
As far as losing a few toes goes, I'd really rather not. It is EZ to be macho about it if you have all your body parts intact, but after you crash, and have body damage for the rest of your life, your perspective changes somewhat, or perhaps not, as the case may be.
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Hang in there Jeffster! Don't let the negativity get you down. Modifying something like your motorbike to fit your needs is your right. Getting bogged down by the name calling and inappropriate comments that line this thread should not end your efforts to explore and improve your ride. Good luck with your heel toe shifter and please remember, there are others out there that are not as judgmental and righteous as those who victimized you on this thread.
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