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post #1 of 9 Old 04-22-2014, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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New Sidi Adventure Boots + size 13 feet = can't operate shifter! Help!

Hi guys! OK, so...I own a couple of bikes...a 2006 DL650 and an FZ1. I bought some Sidi Adventure Gore Tex boots (the ones with the lugged soles found here, for example: SIDI Adventure Gore-Tex Boots - RevZilla) and I am having great difficulty using them. Because of the lugged soles, the boot is thick and just barely fits between the peg and the shifter. I actually have to angle my foot forward and down to make them sort of work...uncomfortable and inefficient! Doing so makes shifting difficult and borderline unsafe. What would be the best option to increase the distance between the peg and the shifter, thereby allowing the boot to fit easily in the provided space? Longer/higher shift lever? Lower peg? LOVE the boots...and would love to keep and use them...right now, though, they are nothing more than expensive paperweights. Thank you!
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-22-2014, 09:24 AM
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I had a similar problem when my Sidi boots were new. FWIW, I would step on the toes of the boots to break in the leather at the front a little, they will eventually wear in and work with the shifter like a charm.

Option B would be to Adjust the shifter before anything else.

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Yeah...it is SO tight that doubt it will be as simple as the boot breaking in. I guess I will look into adjusting the shift lever. Hopefully I can adjust it enough...
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If it is that much an issue rather than adjusting the rod length I would remove the shifter arm and move it around one spline at a time and test until I had moved the shifter up enough for comfortable shifting. I can remember new dirt bike boots being so stiff that rather than flexing my ankle to change gear I needed to lift my whole foot off the peg until the boots softened up.

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I feel your pain. At 6'5" with a size 14 foot, no bike fits me well, or at least that used to be the case. I have fixed the issue on my ride with longer controls. It's harder on a 650, as the shift pattern is dependent on the linkage to make it the normal (1 down the rest up) set up. I got rid of the linkage on my DL1000, and simply put a normal dirt bike shifter on it, but the shift pattern on the 1K is standard, so it was a no brainer. I also lengthened the brake pedal, while installing a folding tip, so it's less likely to break, while off road during a simple drop. If you can source longer controls, especially the shifter, do it, it is WAY better for swamp footed folks, like you and myself! HTH!!


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I had the same problem when I bought the TCX infinity goretex boots . I went so far as to purchase the shifter extension kit , but I found that the secret is to break in the boots well by wearing them all day , with a few long walks , for a few days . Once the ankle breaks in , shifting is easy . I eventually took the shifter extender off .

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Same problem with the Sidi Combats and my 12 DL650. In fact I had terrible pain in the top of my foot which I thought was a fractured bone. What made the biggest difference is two things: breaking in the new boots, adding Motech foot pegs positioned in the low position. I started with the shifter positioned high and have recently lowered to the stock position with increased comfort. The boots are really awesome, so is the bike so I wanted to make them work well together. Advice is to make some minor adjustments to the shifter position, if needed change you pegs and break in your boots. Try wearing them in the bathtub.

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I had the same issue with my Sidi Adv boots. Ended up raising the shifter by adjusting the linkage until it worked. Be careful. If adjusted too far up, the linkage will bind up and won't upshift properly. I found a compromise that allows me to wear my size 13 Sidis but shifting is still a bit awkward at first. Like others have said, it gets better with break-in. Unfortunately, the lever is now adjusted too high when wearing "normal" boots.
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I had the same issue with my Sidi Adv boots. Ended up raising the shifter by adjusting the linkage until it worked. Be careful. If adjusted too far up, the linkage will bind up and won't upshift properly. I found a compromise that allows me to wear my size 13 Sidis but shifting is still a bit awkward at first. Like others have said, it gets better with break-in. Unfortunately, the lever is now adjusted too high when wearing "normal" boots.
Yeah, i had to adjust as well. Theres a good write up somewhere on this site.

Takes a 10mm wrench (i think) and knowing that one of the bolts is reverse threaded. easy to do, takes more time to see if it's done to the right spot than it does to actually adjust it.
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