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Old 11-30-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Question Racing boots - how to slow me down???

Ok - just got some CE racing boots planning for track days in the spring. Rode for a few hours and realized... shifting is whole other game now! Seriously harder.... little room to find the shifter, hard to feel the shift, difficult to articulate the boot. Is this right?

Do I need a longer shifter?

I ride an '01 FZ1, so the pegs are directly below me and the shifter seems too close to the peg now.

Either practice will make this easier, or I need to do something different, but by springtime, this has got to be worked out....

Help!
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:56 PM   #2
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i got used to mine after a while, could even feel it at first but after riding with the boots for a few days i started feeling alot more natural. i just have to keep making sure i drop my toes enough so i can go into the next gear instead of it flopping around...
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:00 PM   #3
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Do you have a standard shift setup?

Try loosening the level adjustment lock screws and lifting the shift pedal height up just a tad.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:02 PM   #4
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You may need to adjust the shift pedal, swing by and we'll do it, no charge.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:30 PM   #5
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I had this problem also. Boots need to be broken in.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:34 PM   #6
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Had the same issue with my Oxtars for a couple of sessions, then it was all good, besides, knowing I had good boots gives you confidence.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:55 PM   #7
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I have only wore racing boots when riding and got used to it before anything else. I have riddin barefoot (just to dry off the bike after washing in the driveway) and with sneakers and they both feel foreign to me. The boots take some time to get used to and to "break in".
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:53 PM   #8
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Give those boots time to break in! It took mine about 10 hrs of riding to fully break in where they got to be comfortable. It will take some time to get used to them. I would definitely look into getting the shift lever adjusted and sounds like Patrick is willing to get you set up =) What kind of boots did you get??
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:52 PM   #10
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Give those boots time to break in! It took mine about 10 hrs of riding to fully break in where they got to be comfortable. It will take some time to get used to them.
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When I got my AVG's they felt awkward when trying to shift. I had to make a trip to North Houston so went in the AVG's to get used to them and break them in. Think I still need some more seat time in them before they're fully good to go.
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, try riding in off road boots. little to no articulation. Anyway, just give them time to break in. Ride a lot between now and spring with the boots on. All about seat time. If you dont want to ride in the cold, wheel your bike into your living room in front of the tv, put it in the stand and just shift up and down haha.
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The boots I wear to the track are the same boots I wear on the streets ... you need protection at both so may as well use them all the time.

Get them broken in and adjust your shifter as well as your technique for shifting.
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PS Walk around them for a day, and move your ankle around, and do squats with them on. Helps break em in faster.
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Thanks guys. I'll do those things (except the setting up in the den...)

I did adjust the shifter position last night and will try that out this weekend.

The boots are AlpineStars SMX-Plus. They seem really comfortable boots. I bought some cold-weather gear too, so I can keep riding this winter and get em ready for trackdays!

Looking forward to my first track day!
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Thanks guys. I'll do those things (except the setting up in the den...)

I did adjust the shifter position last night and will try that out this weekend.

The boots are AlpineStars SMX-Plus. They seem really comfortable boots. I bought some cold-weather gear too, so I can keep riding this winter and get em ready for trackdays!

Looking forward to my first track day!
I think I have the same boots...do yours squeak because of the ankle rod? Mine squeak a ton and everyone looks at me all weird @ restaurants
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mine squeak to high helll when i walk. and i thought they would stop after i broke em in, but nope, they still make noise.


but they're my fav boots thus far

wear em around the house and maybe to run some small errands, you'll feel ur shifter rod in no time bro
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mine haven't squeeked yet - only a week old... but maybe you should try silicon spray? Sounds like the plastic is too tightly rubbing... you might try superfine dry-powder lube. I use that for the plastic wheels of pinewood derby cars... you can get that at a hobby shop.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:40 PM   #19
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You'll get use to the feel over time and won't want to ride with out them soon. Stick with it!!
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