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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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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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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?
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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I was concerned about that as well,....until I started using the heel shifter, after a day or two, it became second nature and I really like it more than the toe shifting , especially since your sitting in a relaxed position. I say you need to give it a chance for a few days, don't be afraid of it, I think you'll come to like it.
 

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I was concerned about that as well,....until I started using the heel shifter, after a day or two, it became second nature and I really like it more than the toe shifting , especially since your sitting in a relaxed position. I say you need to give it a chance for a few days, don't be afraid of it, I think you'll come to like it.
I find it very uncomfortable to have to put pressure on my toes, lift my heel and slide my foot back, just to up shift. I gave it a try for a while but it's not for me. Guess you can't teach an old dog etc etc.
 

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I was concerned about that as well,....until I started using the heel shifter, after a day or two, it became second nature and I really like it more than the toe shifting , especially since your sitting in a relaxed position. I say you need to give it a chance for a few days, don't be afraid of it, I think you'll come to like it.
Agree with you! When I first bought my 950 Tourer, I was totally turned off to this change and felt I could never get used to not putting my toe under the shifter to move up in gears. Once I started using the heel shifter, I'm convinced I would never want to move back. It's only a slight move back from the floorboard position and makes shifting MUCH easier/smoother, IMHO. ;)
 

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Toe/Heel Shifter

There was enough room in the linkage to bring up the toe shifter about an inch. It lowered the heel, but there's still enough to use the heel shifter if I want to try using it later on. It gave me enough clearance to finally slide my toe under the shifter comfortabley. Thanks again for all the posts. I'm glad I didn't resort to cutting and rewelding.
 

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i have the same problem, I too wear steel toed boots and cannot get my toes under the shifter. I'll have to look at adjusting the shifter to allow me to get my too under the sfifter.
 
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