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Interestingly enough, certain HD models used to come standard with a heel shifter. But at this year's Daytona Bike Week, I noticed the ones I demo'd didn't - not even the Ultra. Makes no sense. I am wondering if it is more of a perceived liability issue? Maybe there have been some lawsuits where the rider caught his foot in it and fell over. Just speculation on my part.
 

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Interestingly enough, certain HD models used to come standard with a heel shifter. But at this year's Daytona Bike Week, I noticed the ones I demo'd didn't - not even the Ultra. Makes no sense. I am wondering if it is more of a perceived liability issue? Maybe there have been some lawsuits where the rider caught his foot in it and fell over. Just speculation on my part.
It’s possible. Weird that they just decided not to do it.
 

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It’s possible. Weird that they just decided not to do it.
It is also possible they want you to spend the extra $ buying one. It brings you back to the store.
Personally, I like the Kuryakyn model that runs under the floorboard leaving more real estate on top.
 

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I guess it's one of those " to each his own" type things. I just never used one or had one on a bike. Indian loaned me a Vintage for 2 months, it had one. I honestly never used it. To me it didn't feel natural.
I completely understand where you are coming from. I never used on either until my last bike came with one. Once I started using one, it became natural and found it easier. Now that I don’t have one, I want one lol. I ended up purchasing the Kuryakyn heel shifter. Once it arrives, I’ll put it on. If I don’t end up liking it anymore, I’ll just take it off. It’s just one of those things you grow accustomed too.
 

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I agree. I have ridden bikes all my life without one. When I demo'd bikes that had one, I didn't like it all and never used it. Then I bought a Vintage, got used to it, and now cannot live without one. It takes a little getting used to, but I find it much easier to shift with.
 

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Interestingly enough, certain HD models used to come standard with a heel shifter. But at this year's Daytona Bike Week, I noticed the ones I demo'd didn't - not even the Ultra. Makes no sense. I am wondering if it is more of a perceived liability issue? Maybe there have been some lawsuits where the rider caught his foot in it and fell over. Just speculation on my part.
It’s a cost saving move, they just deleted them this year, also don’t give you a second fob like they used to......sound familiar?
 

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I have 2 Indians and as soon as I got them home I put on: Heel Shifter, Real Highway Bars and Passenger Floor Boards. All OEM and from the dealer...
 
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