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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Shifter set too low for Boots???

I've had my 950 Tourer for a couple of weeks now, and have tried 3 different pairs of boots, only to be frustrated when I can not get the toe under shift peg. I checked it out at the dealer first, but had hightop sneakers on and didn't think much of it. Now the dealer is telling me I have to get a weld shop to modify the peg so I can wear boots???WTH? Anyone had a problem like this, if so, what was your solution. Gotta wear boots when you ride...
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Yea, I have the same problem. I figured it was because of my shoe size. Since this is my first bike I've got use to using the heel shifter. That being said I have a friend who thought it was too low as well. It is a shame to have to spend $ on a new bike for something like this.
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The 950 has a "heel-toe" shifter. I don't know if it's designed to be shifted with the toe. That being said, I'm sure some small footed riders do just that.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 07:50 PM
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With a "Heel/Toe Shifter" the last post was correct. You downshift with your toe and except for first (again toe it down) you upshift with your heel.
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Shift link

Can you gain some more room by adjusting the shift link shaft?

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you could change out your floorboard for pegs
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Thanks for the responses. I was sold the bike under the impression the "heal/toe" shifter was optional. I like the feel of toe shifting. I guess it's a matter of personal prefference. It should not be an issue, but, here I am. Fortunately I have a brother-in-law who owns a weld shop, and will be taking the bike to him to cut the toe shifter off and reweld it about an inch higher. On a positive note...I've had a Vulcan, an Shadow, and now the VStar. Love the VStar!
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I checked, but did not see any adjustment options. Am I missing something?
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I checked, but did not see any adjustment options. Am I missing something?
You should be able to pull the shifter off the shaft and move it clockwise a notch to increase the space between the floorboard and the shifter.

I ride a Silverado with the same heal/toe shifter, which sucks by the way, and I always shift with my toe without any problems.
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You should be able to pull the shifter off the shaft and move it clockwise a notch to increase the space between the floorboard and the shifter.

I ride a Silverado with the same heal/toe shifter, which sucks by the way, and I always shift with my toe without any problems.
Thanks. After you and another member made that suggestion, I see what you mean. I think that will work. I'm trying it tonight...I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks the heel shifter sucks.
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