Dragonwing said:I'm with Highroamer. I, too, don't see a pivot point at the bottom of the lever. It seems to me, then, that the only way it can actually work is by twisting the factory shift lever and stressing it until it's forced upward into the next gear. Seems like a crappy design, to me.
Dragonwing said:I'm not feelin' it. The way I see it, with the fact that there's no fulcrum/pivot, pressure applied to the kickshift downward with the heel would serve only to push everything down, which is great for downshifts, but not much else.
Bingo!Scouter-50 said:If you look at the picture the heel portion is well behind the fulcrum. Just imagine that the whole thing is solid with the fulcrum in the middle. The stresses will be close if not the same.....
LOL, I had the same impression of the thing when I first saw a picture of it.Dragonwing said:I'm with Highroamer. I, too, don't see a pivot point at the bottom of the lever. It seems to me, then, that the only way it can actually work is by twisting the factory shift lever and stressing it until it's forced upward into the next gear. Seems like a crappy design, to me.
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.bikerj said:... 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?
This is true, I find I have to turn my heel inward to catch the heel shifter. Also, because I have the Suburban Machinery peg lowering kit, the heel shifter plate is relatively high. Sometimes I find that I turn my heel inward and catch the shifter arm rather than the plate itself. Actually this isn't anymore foot movement than what it takes to position the toe of the boot under the toe shifter.bikerj said:.... From the top view, it appears one would have to rotate their heel inward towards the bike in order to press down on the back of the lever.....
As I stated in the post just above your's: "I find it works well, and when my arthritic big toe starts giving me pain, the heel shifter is really nice to have."SteveW said:Seems like a neat little shifter arm, but I have to ask, how is it any easier than just using your toe? I just don’t see the advantage of something like this on these bikes?
It is interesting how events in our lives will change our perspectives!CharlieVT said:As I stated in the post just above your's: "I find it works well, and when my arthritic big toe starts giving me pain, the heel shifter is really nice to have."
Before I started having arthritis issues, I wondered why anyone would want a heel shifter too.
When I was camping in my youth, I used to scoff at folks who brought lawn chairs to a state park. Then after a few years I starting envying them.... and a few more years and I started bringing my own lawn chair. :histerica
I used to wonder why the heck anyone would "trike" a perfectly good motorcycle. Then when you begin to realize that knees, hips, etc. wear out, it makes perfect sense.