Originally Posted by bikerj
... I read through everyone's explanation, but I agree w/ Highroamer. It seems w/o a pivot point at the bend, then pressing down on the back side would just leave the front attachment point wanting to pull the shifter down.
I wonder if either would work w/ floorboards?
I think both types would work with floorboards, but you'd have to check the dimensions to make sure they'd fit. If you search the forum, I think you'll fine posts from folks who have done it.
As far as visualizing how the Touring Accessories kickshift works, maybe this will help. Remember, the pivot point of the toeshifter is behind the footpeg on the footpeg attachement plate. Then picture how a steering wheel works: Push down on the right side of a steering wheel and the steering column turns.
The pivot point of the shifter is directly analogous to the steering column; it is the axis of rotation.
Now picture: A steering wheel with only one spoke.
A steering wheel with a gap in the wheel... still works right?
Imagine an angular steering wheel rather than a round one, push down on the right side, the axis of rotation turns.
Now cut away those portions except that point where you are applying the downward force on the right side of the wheel; starting to look like the kickshifter?