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post #1 of 9 Old 03-13-2016, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Getting used to racing boots.

I just bought some Cortech Latigo boots. They fit me fine but seem to have a roomy toe box. I adjusted my shifter and rear brake up a bit but I'm having trouble "feeling" it go into gear. I'm just kinda pulling up on the shifter and hoping for the best. Is this a normal thing I just need to ride out till I'm used to going through the gear in these boots?
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I found that initially I couldn't feel the location of the shifter (my old boots were A* fastlanes, so very soft) and was sort of just feeling around in the dark to make shifts.

It only took me a few days to develop new muscle memory for where to rest when I'm not shifting, where to reach to shift and downshift.

The feeling is definitely better than it was the first few rides. I think your nervous system recalibrates to the new input levels, and you'll begin to feel it again. For a while, you may just need to smack it confidently up to shift, until you start to get a feel for the new setup.
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I just bought some Cortech Latigo boots. They fit me fine but seem to have a roomy toe box. I adjusted my shifter and rear brake up a bit but I'm having trouble "feeling" it go into gear. I'm just kinda pulling up on the shifter and hoping for the best. Is this a normal thing I just need to ride out till I'm used to going through the gear in these boots?
I have the same boots, just the air version. Got them Thursday. My fit's pretty reasonable. I wore them constantly for a few days, at least a couple hours a day, just to help break them in. That seems to have helped, as far as feel. The issue I'm having, is that the toe is much larger than my crappy Motocentric (don't buy these, unless you have absolutely no choice!) boots. I like to ride with my foot inline with the shifter, so I can just pop it up during gear changes. My Cortechs, when riding like this, always produce a little bit of preload on the shifter, and I have to make sure I remember to drop my toe enough to ensure the shifter returns to it's neutral position, which can be annoying during quick up shifts, which I like to do, in order to get into 6th as quick as possible, while commuting. When you were adjusting, is there a way to increase the length of the shift lever itself, to better accomadate? I haven't looked into this at all, to be honest.
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"Hoping for the best" isn't good for any situation, especially riding motorcycles. You're on the right track, adjusting the shifter should help.
You really need that positive feel of it going into the gear. I'd adjust the shifter until you get it to that point.
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I have the Latigo airs too. I think I just need to give it time like Commiegunter said and get used to pivoting my foot on the peg more. Just wanted to know if other people have made it through too. I want to be as safe as possible but I want to bang through the gears with ease too. Hope that comes back soon.
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I got the BILT speed racer boots the other day...my firstriding boots. I had to adjust my shift linkage. But even then, I was mis-shifting all day lol. I think itll take some time to get used to it tho.
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^ What they all said. You may need to play around again with your shifter height. I know that every time I switch boots I have to make a few adjustments.
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Thanks for the input. I moved the celvis is a tooth on the gear selector and its much better now. I'm quickly getting used to the feel now. Now I need some gripier pegs. It's never ending!
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My boots took so long to get used to. The leather was just so rigid. But I love my Sidi's
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