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Old 08-30-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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Riding in MX boots?

I finally broke down and got some off-road boots (tech 3s) and when I went for a bad-backroads ride yesterday, I felt like I'd lost a ton of control. My ankles barely moved, which is good thing in a crash, but I couldn't shift very well or feel the rear brake at all. How do you deal with the lack of motion and feedback when wearing moto-x boots?
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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If you keep using the boots two things will happen. You'll get used to the feel and adapt, and the boots will soften a little. I always catch myself getting a little too much rear brake when I first put on the MX boots but that's a non event on dirt and you learn how to modulate.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:16 AM   #3
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You'll get used to the feel after a few rides. I'm a street rider and wore my street boots when I first started riding offroad and switched after a minor crash on a fire road which bruised my foot and heel.

I thought the same thing when I first switched to MX boots. You can step back a little on the peg to work the shifter or pivot the shifter up a bit to help get the toe under the lever for up-shifts.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:17 AM   #4
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I find that riding my GS with MX boots, makes it nearly impossible to shift. What bike are you using them for? They are pretty much designed to be used for dirtbikes....
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:52 AM   #5
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I went from riding in my Sidi Vertebra 2 Corsa boots which are like wearing a bedroom slipper...

To my Sidi Discovery Rain boots a couple weeks back, which by all measures are like wearing lead diving boots in comparison.
It took a bit, and I still miss a shift every once in a while... but its getting there.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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I ride an XRR, and I was thinking of moving the controls around a little to make riding in the dirt a little easier, e.g. move the shifter up so the toe of the mx boot fits under, move the brake pedal down so I'm not dragging the rear brake in my neutral position, and rotating the levers down so they are easier to use when standing on the pegs.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:57 AM   #7
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Like the other guys said, you'll get used to them. Believe it or not the Tech 3's have a lot more "feel" to them than the higher end MX boots.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:23 AM   #8
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think about using the edge of the sole for the up shifts / adjusting the shifter around some.

For the rear brake in dirt boots I pick my foot up off the peg and stick my toes onto the brake lever while trying my best to lock my knee into the tank. It's the only way to do it when you're sitting far enough forward on a dirt bike.

If you watch some MX racing you'll see what I'm talking about. Their foot is only on the rear brake pedal.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:30 PM   #9
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How do you deal with the lack of motion and feedback when wearing moto-x boots?
Watch this video about break-in; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HkfCaDGiCs . Helps to lay 'em out in the sun and get them warm, then bend them like crazy. It works!
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:02 PM   #10
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Awesome, thanks. I'll try all those tips and see if things improve.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:09 PM   #11
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I only ride w Gaerne SG12's... and they took some getting used to. but can shift and break w/o any issues.

Look at Wunderlich gear shifter extender.. it's very cool.. only one I've seen w a subtle "arch" in it .. and it's fully adjustable. Saw in person on same bike, ... it's def on my list..

between that and Pivot Pegs, u should have more than enough control over yer peg/shifting ergonomics.

I love the stability while standing, and mine seem comfortable most all day. In any case (tome), well worth a little bit less comfort.. for what they can offer in a get- off..




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Old 08-31-2012, 10:09 AM   #12
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i found that you have to get used to them. well worth it in a crash but sucks if you have to walk.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:29 AM   #13
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First ride I did when I started using MX boots I had to upshift with my heel, there was no way to get my toes under the shifter. Got home, moved the shifter up a notch and much easier shifting ensued...
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:55 PM   #14
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I had to move the shifter up a notch on my DR650. Other bikes it seemed perfectly natural as is.
Like everyone else said. You get used to them.
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:11 PM   #15
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I've ridden my 12GS with Tech 3's now for a couple of years. After adjusting the shifter and rear brake I've grown quite used to them.

Like the above posters mentioned, give 'em a chance to soften up. I wouldn't do without them now!
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