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post #21 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-07-2011, 05:45 AM
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Bought a Speedmaster with footboards and said first thing that was to go was the footboards. Did not happen once I tried them properly would not change. When I swapped the Speedmaster for the Thunderbird it had to have footboards. Personal choice I know but for me they give me more room and comfort. The toe and heel is also on the Thundrbird and it has never been used much prefer toe up and down.
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post #22 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-07-2011, 08:11 PM
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I had never had floorboards, so was hesitant to order them. It took me about 100 miles to get used to them, but now I love them - including the heel shifter. I'm going to install them on my Volutia too. Much more comfortable riding and the heel shifter is very handy. I often use my toe to shift to 2nd and then it's heel up through 6th. I like the support for both feet when I'm cruising.

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I did a multi day trip this past summer on a borrowed VStar 1300 with floorboards. I had never ridden a bike with them before... and it was weird.

Maybe its my size 12+ boots, but often when I would put my foot on the board, I'd pop the bike up a gear because my heel would hit the rear paddle. I found myself compensating by moving my heel away from the bike from a start... frustrating.

My Tbird has regular pegs, and I love them. Feels like a real motorcycle.

I wouldn't mind floorboards, but the first thing I would do is grind off the heel shift paddle.

Its a great thing that we have so many options in life and in motorcycling ... not everything works for everyone!

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I wouldn't mind floorboards, but the first thing I would do is grind off the heel shift paddle.
No need to grind it off. It is held on with a bolt--no problem removing it.
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post #25 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-14-2011, 01:45 AM
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I've done a few hundred miles in a day and while the pegs don't get uncomfortable, I have wondered if the floorboards might be a little more comfortable. Nice to hear your input, thanks!

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I've actually been using the heel shifter more and more lately. It did take some getting used to though.
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I liked the floor boards right off but the heel shifter felt like it was in the way so I removed it. About six months later I saw it sitting in a box and realized I never gave it a chance so I decided to put it back on and force myself to use it for 1 week. By the end of the first day I was sold on it. It seems completely natural to me now and it won't be coming back off.

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Floor boards - My bike came with them and a heel/toe shifter. I prefer the floor boards on longer rides, although they seem rather small to put a 15 EE size boot on them. :-) Never had a heel/toe shifter and actually it is easier on the left boot again, on longer rides. This is a personal preference item. According to Shakespeare, more of less, if the left eye offendeth thee, pluck it out. Close enough. Take the suckers off and put on pegs. That is why they sell pegs, risers, different handle bars, various seats, wheels and so forth.
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post #29 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-28-2012, 08:16 PM
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The trick to the Heel Toe shifter on the Bird is to adjust it correctly. It comes from the Factory and Dealers pretty jacked up. It takes a little while of trial and error to get it just right where very little effort is required to manipulated it. I wouldn't have anything else.
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post #30 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-28-2012, 11:22 PM
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Put floorboards on a few weeks ago - just didn't install the heel shifter. Love the floorboards! Wish I would have done it sooner - and a very unexpected benefit, you can move your feet way back into a more aggressive riding position - bonus...guys I ride with all the time all of a sudden are having a harder time keeping up with me in the twisties.

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