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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-07-2018, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback!

Thanks for the feedback all. It is something I'm aware of now, so I'll be cognizant of it in the future. I did a little trial run with the scotchbrite pad and that seems to do the trick, though there are a couple of scratches that are pretty deep. They become negligible though. So thanks for that suggestion (tsmgguy and kinjane)!

It is a bike that gets used, so I'm expect it to show some wear and tear, those scratches just surprised me!

I've never noticed any heat on the boot, but it is winter here. I've just got a couple of the steel hooks at the top of the boot for the laces and it appears they are making contact with that. I don't know that I'm a bigger guy (6'1"/240 lbs) but those pegs and shifter are not very wide.

Anyway, thanks for the input and constructive criticism of my riding style and position!
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I've just got a couple of the steel hooks at the top of the boot for the laces and it appears they are making contact with that.
Figured as much. Try longer pants?
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Figured as much. Try longer pants?
Right!?! That's the simplest solution!
The boots are pretty thick at the top. Not sure how far the pant leg comes down over it, but I'll be aware of it next time.
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Does anyone use solvol autosol on the engine casings?
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Figured as much. Try longer pants?
I usually wear Altbergs, which I love, and they have metal loops below the hooks. They're the culprit for me as the scratches are well below the top of my boot (thus longer pants won't help.) I never had a problem with the boots on my Tiger but on the T100 (a '17) I noticed if you look straight down the gear lever is partly under the bulge on the engine casing. Thus I almost have to move the boot against the casing to get my toe under the lever. For now I've cut a small oval of black rubber stair tread (sticky backed) and covered the casing, but it's not particularly attractive and I'm looking for a better option. I've heard that Altberg will replace the metal loops with plastic ones if you ship the boots back but that's not particularly economic from the States.
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I noticed if you look straight down the gear lever is partly under the bulge on the engine casing. Thus I almost have to move the boot against the casing to get my toe under the lever.
Shift lever peg extenders should help with that issue.

https://www.freespiritsparts.com/en/...h-classic.html
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Does anyone use solvol autosol on the engine casings?
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Yes, I do. It works well. They have an unprotected brushed finish that responds well to a bit of Solvol. In time they’ll loose some of the brushed look and gain a more authentic ‘60s shine (but without the oil dribbling down them..)
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Shift lever peg extenders should help with that issue.

https://www.freespiritsparts.com/en/...h-classic.html
As I finished the post I began to think of something along that line. Thanks for the link. My scratches are all on the left side, and the right is rapidly becoming polished from the leather on my boots, no scratches.
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