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    Heel/Toe Shifter on the C50

    Its been quite a while since I've ridden a bike.
    If I remember correctly, shifting up through the gears is done by clicking the shifter up, and vice-versa.
    When I sat on a C50 earlier this week, I was trying to make sense of the heel/toe shifter.
    How does it work?

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    Same was as a regular shifter, only you also have the option of pushing down with your heel instead of pulling up with your toes to upshift. I've gotten to where I only use my heel for the upshift. Downshift is the same - tap down with your toes. From the bottom, it's 1-N-2-3-4-5.

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    Thats what I thought.
    Im probably getting ahead of myself, and I'll see when I actually ride the beast.
    But with the size of my foot (size 13), when I sat on the bike earlier
    this week, my foot felt like it was getting tangled between the heel and toe shifters.
    i.e. I felt that I had to slide my foot sideways to the left away from the bike
    in order to reposition my foot to either stomp on the toe shifter or heel shifter.
    It felt uncomfortable...

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    Eh - My feet are a quite a bit smaller (size 9 US). and I have plenty of room. I think I have heard others with larger feet comment that it wasn't a problem, but you probably need to sit on it again to make sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c50tiger
    but you probably need to sit on it again to make sure.
    Yeah, I'll give it another chance, and sit on it, after I take my MSF course.
    Do we have any big footers out there with the stock C50 heel/toe shifters?
    Would like to hear your experiences...

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    I have a size 12 foot and I felt that before I bought one, sitting on it in the show room I was going to need to cut the heel part of the heel toe shifter off because my foot is also too big to fit in the space provided, but now after putting 200 miles on my c50 it is incredibly comfortable. I suggest you try riding it the way it is for a couple hundered miles and see how you like it before you make any modifications or changes.

    Charlie

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    Thanks for the bout of confidence.
    But my concerns not only deal with comfort.
    Im thinking worst case scenario here, but what if I were to low side (even worse, high side) a C50.
    I have the thought that my foot would be caught between the heel/toe shifters,
    and you can imagine the rest...

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    Anything is possible... seen a few posts of guys getting shoelaces caught on footpegs, for example. But I think it's a very remote possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c50tiger
    Anything is possible... seen a few posts of guys getting shoelaces caught on footpegs, for example. But I think it's a very remote possibility.

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    13 here also....No problem.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaRider C50
    13 here also....No problem.....
    Thanks for the input.

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    Size 13 here too + heavy duty motorcycle boots + C50 + beginner biker like you. Nooooooo Problem. Takes bout a day to get used to, then its the best thing since sliced bread! Actually, when shifting up, its a lot easier to use your heel than trying to slide the heavy boot tip under the shifter.

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    When DakotaRider C50 said it wasn't a problem for him, I figure,
    that the way you described how to use the heel/toe shifter might be the best way.
    Thanks for your input...

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    Depends on how the shifter is positioned, this is a fairly straightforward ajustement you can do that takes only a couple of minutes.

    I've ridden many bikes with heel/toe shifters and have found that if you ajust the lever so that the heel part is lower ( just above the floorboard, leave enough height so that you can move the heel shifter enough to downshift with out going below the floorboard level ). Then the trapped feeling goes away.

    Yadda yadda yadda, whatever, they ain't going to listen anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bob
    Depends on how the shifter is positioned, this is a fairly straightforward ajustement you can do that takes only a couple of minutes.

    I've ridden many bikes with heel/toe shifters and have found that if you ajust the lever so that the heel part is lower ( just above the floorboard, leave enough height so that you can move the heel shifter enough to downshift with out going below the floorboard level ). Then the trapped feeling goes away.
    Thanks for the tip. I had asked if it can be adjusted, and the salesman told me that it couldn't.
    But I'll take your word for it, as we all know that sales people knowledge usually are questionable...
    I'll check it out when I sit on the bike again...


 
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