What part of your feet do you use to upshift
As a today's lesson to get used to my new bike, I went riding on a parking lot to practice upshifting and downshifting. My V star 250 is a cruiser style bike. I never rode one like it. My previous bike had a shifting lever more underneath me and it was easy to put my foot under the lever and upshift. This bike has the shift lever more towards the front, so in order to get my foot under it I have to "stretch" my foot forward. That's a new movement for my foot and it takes some time to do it right. So I was trying to come up with some more comfortable ways of doing the upshifting move. I could do it with the front of my boot, the boot sole forms kind of a V shaped "groove" which I could use to upshift. I could use the part of the boot that's above my big toe. I am used to have the shifting lever on the other side of the ball of the foot. That feels the most secure. So I was wondering what other people, especially with cruisers, do? Another way how to approach this could be replacing the shifting lever with a longer one, that might give me more space between the foot peg and the lever, so it would make it easier for me to upshift.
Thanks for any advices/opinions...
2014 V-star 250