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I have a 85 Goldwing Aspencade GL1200 and was thinking of adding a heel/toe shifter.....The guy who runs a local bike shop and deals primarily in Goldwings said he would advise against it because he said they are bad about bending the shaft....Anyone have any thoughts on this....Yea or Ney:confused:
 

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That is what is said by some on the Internet, and it is used by Honda to not cover a tranny under warranty (I know yours is not in warranty) I don't see a difference if you shift by raising the lever up with your toe or pushing a heel/toe down with your heel, the main thing is to have it adjusted right so there is no tension on the shifter after the shift. If you have a bike in warranty and have tranny problems, take the heel/toe shifter before you take it to the dealer.
 

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I have a 85 Goldwing Aspencade GL1200 and was thinking of adding a heel/toe shifter.....The guy who runs a local bike shop and deals primarily in Goldwings said he would advise against it because he said they are bad about bending the shaft....Anyone have any thoughts on this....Yea or Ney:confused:
Took me awhile to get useto a system like that after ridding 34 years on a CB-750. I now run a 82 GW A and with boards to rest that left foot after shifting first gear, then just heal down and it sure works just fine. Phil WA9FWT
 

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I got a '98 1500 from a guy who used a heel/toe shifter, and he tore up two trannies with it. Going from first to second takes a solid flick with my boot, or I get neutral. Last summer I had to replace the shaft seal where it comes out of the tranny - had to drop the exhaust!

My vote is against the heel/toe shifter.
 

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I got a '98 1500 from a guy who used a heel/toe shifter, and he tore up two trannies with it. Going from first to second takes a solid flick with my boot, or I get neutral. Last summer I had to replace the shaft seal where it comes out of the tranny - had to drop the exhaust!

My vote is against the heel/toe shifter.
This is a first that I have heard about any problems with this kind of a shifter.The seal leaking and having to replace is commen, but not any other problems.Any body else have problems ?

WA9FWT Phil
 

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I own the same kind of '85 GW. Have had it for 5 years now, it's in great shape with 78k miles. It came with a 2 Kury chrome driver floor boards w/ chrome heel/toe shifter & right brake pedal when I got it. I really like them & have never had any problems. Just upgraded to an '06 GW and plan on adding the same to my newer GW. (Just be sure to clutch/shift together and always use a strong toe/heel click down.)

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I had boards and a heel/toe shifter on two 1200's and a 1500 with no problems. I think the problem may be when the rider does not take the foot off the shifter after changing gears. That could put pressure on the shift shaft and seal. If you add them, don't ride with your foot on the shifter after changing gears and you should be okay
 

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Ive had boards and heal/toe on every GL (1000s,1100,1200's, Valkyrie(still a GL1500) and now my 1500 wing. Ive put some serious miles on all but the current bike and never had as much as a selector shaft seal leak.
 

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I had a 03 Wing with heel to toe shifter and love it, I have it on my 08 if I ever get tranny problems while the bike is under warranty I know now to take it off Thanks Joe in Calf for that good tip And I also have floorboards they are great for long rides along with highway pegs
 

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I have to echo most of what everyone else said, no problems with them ever. Markland boards and h/t on the '84 for 163,000 on the clock when I sold it, and Kury on the 1500 at 60,000 on it. Missed a couple of shifts now and then, but that was me not the bike or equipment. Have Kury mini boards and h/t on my '09, but haven't ridden it yet. Install was super slick.:D
 

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Heel/Toe

Personally, I like the idea. Now and then I ride with shoes or dress boots and think a heel / toe would be an asset.

The dealer must have some negative experience, else he would not have made his comment. I think floor boards should be used as well and your foot ought to fit so your heel is clear of the rear rocker.

I do like the fact that w heel/toe every shift is down.
 

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Same as you. Years on a 750-four k. Now 85 LTD. Takes a little getting used to picking up foot on the shifter. I thank down shifting is more of the problem. I have no problem with my heal and toe but probably would not buy one if it was not already on the bike.
 
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