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post #1 of 7 Old 11-12-2006, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Ideas for those of us with big feet

I have size 13 feet and it is difficult to fit my foot on the peg and shift bar in anything other than thin tennis shoes. This is my first bike and maybe this is just the way motorcycles are. But I can't help but wonder is there some technique for comfortably resting your foot on the peg and easily shifting gears? When I bought the bike the salesman said I would get used to it. It has been 3000 miles and it is only moderately less awkward.

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-12-2006, 04:08 PM
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I'm not having a problem fitting my 13-5E feet in steel-toed swat boots on the pegs. I also have a pair of 14-6E boots I sometimes wear. The wee pegs are more confortable than my old Honda CB750 pegs were.

You can adjust the angle of the brake and shifter levers or go to a different style of footpeg if you think that will help.

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Sometimes when wearing boots I use the part of the boot where the sole is attached to the rest of the boot. I usually wear Doc Martins and the lip where the sole meets the boot works great. That way I avoid having to stuff the whole thing under the shift lever.
 
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With my ICON boots I too have to use the part where the sole attaches. I can stuff the boot in but I do not like having it so tight. I did have the shifter adjusted as far out as possible as well.

There are some aftermarket shifters available that are longer allowing more room. I think touratch makes one as well as a few others. Near zero adjustability though other than the splines.
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I went from a Honda cruiser to the Vstrom and the foot controls felt very small...like they were tiny studs compared to the cruiser pedals.

tmcgee is right. Adjust the brake and shift linkages to make more room for your dogs. You can also try to change your boot style because tennis shoes just aren't safe. I use Oxtar Matrix boots and they have a thin molded sole as opposed to the Doc-style sole. You might get better feedback from a touring style boot. Personally, I'd stay away from Icon boots as they feel like a pair of bricks on your feet.
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I suppose it also depends on how long your legs are and what angle your foot is at while resting on the pegs. Nobody makes real motorcycle boots in 5E sizes, so I'd expect my police/military boots to have a problem with the shift and brake levers, but they don't.

As I recall, I *did* have to adjust the levers for more comfort on the old CB750, so a change in geometry does help in some cases.

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My shifting was a little easier and more precise after installing a gel seat. Just a bit higher than stock seat and gave me a touch more leg room with more flexability in the ankle.

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