Kawasaki Motorcycle Forums banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
My wife has a Vulcan 800 Classic (2005). It had floorboards when we purchased it. She wants a heel - toe shifter, but we can't seem to find one. Any ideas?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
I had one on my 1600...hated it so I took it off...used to the old fashion way of shifting..
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
339 Posts
I took mine off on my Street Glide too. I hated it. It kept me from being able to slide my foot back on the floorboard.

But then again, I know people who absolutely love them. If she hasn't already, make sure she rides a bike with that setup being spending the dough -- they're not for everyone.
 

·
Alf not Elf
Joined
·
3,412 Posts
Love mine never used it till I bought new boots the toe would not fit under the shifter.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
497 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,227 Posts
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'm NOT the boss
Joined
·
929 Posts
Love mine. wouldnt have it any other way. my toe used to get so sore if i rode all day. the heel shifter is th best
 

·
Politicians' Nightmare
Joined
·
1,871 Posts
Heel-Toe Shifter

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.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
820 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,200 Posts
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.


<a href="Ronayers.com Fiche Desktop Motorcycle Kawasaki 2002 Vulcan 800 Drifter Gear Change Mechanism" target="_blank"><img src="http://images.ronayers.com/fiche/thumbs/thumb_105668.gif" alt="Gear Change Mechanism" title="Click to view Online Microfiche for Kawasaki 2002 Vulcan 800 Drifter Gear Change Mechanism at Ronayers.com" border="0" /></a>
 

·
The Bassman Rocketh
Joined
·
25,244 Posts
The only thing I use the heel shifter for is to put it in neutral when I'm parking the bike. Other than that, it's the toe shifter all the way.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top