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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-13-2006, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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I checked the forum and the Vulcan verses but couldn't find anything about a replacement shift lever for the stock lever. My problem is I bought a pair of thick soled riding boots and the lever is too low to get my toe under it to upshift; if I put the lever on the next postion up then it is too high and I have to completely lift my foot to shift. If there is an aftermarket shift lever that is wider than the original it would make it easier to slide my toe under it for the upshift; the original is too short and close to the engine. I admit I am a novice (having only 200 miles) at riding a bike, but I don't think I can get used to shifting when I have to tilt my toe downwards to get under the shifter. Can anybody point me to a solution?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-13-2006, 10:09 PM
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There is one that has helped some..
It's the Kury shift peg cover
4036 // $18.99

Shift Peg Cover (ea)
Fits Honda: '04-'06 Shadow Aero 750
Will also fit most any application with an oval shift peg with a width of 5/8" or slightly larger.

This clam-shells over the shift peg (after removing the existing rubber inset) and makes the shift peg a little "thicker"
Before you buy though you could move the shift lever to the upper position, wrap the shift peg with some thick rubber and secure it in place with plastic wire ties to see if this will indeed help the shift peg position for you.

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Even though I would have suggested the same fixes here that Dianna did..(yes great minds think alike...lol)

I must point out that your statement- "I don't think I can get used to shifting when I have to tilt my toe downwards to get under the shifter."
makes me wonder how freaking thick your soles are.....
As humans, we of course can train ourselves to adapt to almost anything, and most bikes when your wearing thick boots will require you to dip your toe a bit to get under the shifter. If moving it up requires you to lift your entire foot to downshift...some adjustment may be needed here. But this sounds to me like you are simply not used to riding yet and have not trained your body to move in a fluid mannner. Raisng the shifter and adding a pad may work, but making it thicker may make it harder to get your foot on top of it.

You can of course do this the more scientific way by removing the shifter, sitting on the bike, and then have a freind mark the two points your toe can reach (tipping your toe down and then pulling your toe up while keeping your heal on the peg) Then it is just a matter of reinstalling the shifter to fit in the middle of those two points. (Please remember here NOT to use a hammer to put the shifter back on the splines)
If the ideal spot is between the settings available, THEN I would try one of the fixes Dianna mentioned.

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Knifemaker, I was thinking the same thing about how thick the boots are. IF the boots are too thick, I'd go to a different style boot before I started messing with adjustments on the bike. Any adjustment whether it be thicker boots or shift lever, is going to take some time for you to physically and mentally adapt to it. When I first put on my floorboards, I noticed that I had to dip my toes a bit to get under the shift lever and wondered if I'd ever adapt to it. The other day I was riding and the thought occured to me that I had adapted and had completely forgotten I had a problem at first.

I'd say that before you go adjusting things, give it some time, do some riding on the back roads and see if it is possible without being dangerous. If it just takes a slight change in foot location, I think you'll get used to it quickly. But if it is so difficult that you just can't shift, I'd change boots.

In 200 miles, you haven't gotten close to being used to everything the way it is. I don't know how long it takes, but I'm pretty sure 200 miles isn't anough.

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