No, it's just another "shifter" that is located back by your heel... Think of the shifter you have now, and just another one that goes under the peg or floorboard and has a bad near your heel... smash down on it, shift up, smash down on the toe shifter down shift.
I never used mine until I got boots that my foot wouldn't fit under the shifter, then started to use it. Initially I didn't like it. Even after I adjusted the shifter so I could fit my foot under it, I still use the heel shifter...
Anyhow, to the original poster, I agree... make sure she knows she likes it... maybe test ride a bike with one... I am sure you can find one for the 800 somewhere... didn't they have it as an option originally?
I adjusted the shifter on my VN900 LT to toe shift only. Before that my size 13 boots on takeoffs landed on the heel part of the shifter too often. Unexpected upshifts were a great annoyance and potentially dangerous.
My Classic is my first bike and came with the toe-heel shifter, but I used only the toe part at first, since that's how I learned at the MSF course.
After bumping my heel on the rear lever several times and up-shifting unexpectedly, I thought, "Well, it's there and my foot's obviously finding it comfortable to reach - I should see how using it feels." After a couple of days of using it, I got very comfortable up-shifting that way, and really like it, it's very comfortable to use - I've been using it for almost all of the 10K miles I have on the bike.
Don't know if this would be a cheaper route or if you could use some of the parts off your exsisting boards , but take a look at the link and you might be able to figure it out( click on the part # for the price). This is the part microfiche for the 800 drifter that has the heel shifter.
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