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Old 02-22-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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V-Strom Heal Shifter?

I'm dealing with a pinched sciatic nerve that is making UP-SHIFTING a pain, especially From First through neutral into Second... I've been lifting my leg and am going to try "rolling" my foot to the left (A friend just told me about that--surprised I never heard of it or thought of it before--seems weird and in boots not sure how it will work).

The thought of a "Heal" shifter is compelling--- Does one exist??? (Or a fabrication idea, pictures, thoughts, successes)?

Ideally my nerve settles down and I get full function of my left foot back... Sucks adjusting riding and equipment to deal with injuries.. most people think I'm nuts and advise giving up riding... I can't entertain the thought at this point...

A heal shifter sounds muy better!!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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Found this for a Hyosung:




For a BMW:

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Old 02-22-2013, 02:42 PM   #3
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All the Harleys that comes with floorboard (all the touring models and most models that come stock with bags) have heel shifter. The shifter shaft is longer and accomodates a forward (toe) and rear (heel) shifter.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:17 PM   #4
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A heel/toe shifter can be made easily enough. There aren't any commercially. First, I'd look for a steel replacement. Then I'd get a heel plate welded on. Do you have a 1000 or a 650? It makes a difference.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:05 PM   #5
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I have the 1k.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:41 PM   #6
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A custom fabrication would be simple enough. I would look to a custom cruiser shop (as they have experience working with a lot of bikes which use heel shifters) and have them weld it up.

If things change, just buy a new shift lever and swap it out.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:49 PM   #7
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I looked at the shifter and there is a nice flat surface to weld to. I have a fabricator that is good with welding aluminum.... I'll run over with the bike tomorrow and pay him a visit.

Would be nice to start with an aluminum shift lever, cut it down and fab it in... If this comes together I'll post pics as it goes.
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