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I was going to use this info for a new product idea but decided to abandon the idea. But it is still and interesting topic. So please express your preference. Then go buy something at www.IndianAftermarket.com
I have always used toe shifters myself. But once I bought a Scout and a Springfield I added floorboards and then I added a heel shifter to the Springfield. It was the Indian brand of heel shifter. It covers too much of the floorboard and hence we now offer floorboard spacers for the 111 floorboards. This moves the floorboard out a little and makes the heel shifter be on the side. The other method is to buy the Kuryakyn heel shifter which goes under the floorboard. We also sell those. What are you guys doing?
 

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I had toe/heal on most all of my Harley baggers. I used/tried the heal shifter now and then but no likey, I prefer toe only. Does this mean I have a toe fetish? :D
 

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Kinda the same here easy to remember with a toe shifter. Raise foot, up shift step down on shifter, down shift. I never used a heel shifter always got in the way with my boots
 

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Kuryakyn heel, hard to get a more positive shift but it does require you to lift your heel quite a bit.
 

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Toe shifter here. From dirt bikes, ATV's and my street bikes, toe shifting has always been the factory option and worked well enough for me.
 

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I have the Indian heel shifter, and have been happy with it; even if it does take up some floorboard space. I probably forget it's there 60% of the time and just use the toe - as is painfully obvious looking at the toe of my brown boots... But it's nice when I remember it's there, and it shifts very positively.
 

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I bought my RM with the Indian heel shifter. Replaced it with the Kuryakyn within 2 months.MUCH MUCH better. Also, I picked up a tip here on the forums of switching the Indian shift peg to the heel and using the smaller Kuryakyn peg on the toe shifter. The toe shifter could stand to come down a degree or two.

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I cannot stand riding a bike with a heel shifter. Mainly has to do with my big feet. They just dont work for me.
 

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I'm not a fan of the heel shifter either. It always felt awkward to me. I tried the heel shifter once for a month to see if maybe I was missing something. After a month it still felt awkward. I have removed them from every bike since.
 

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heel shifter works great for me.
 
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I was going to use this info for a new product idea but decided to abandon the idea. But it is still and interesting topic. So please express your preference. Then go buy something at www.IndianAftermarket.com
I have always used toe shifters myself. But once I bought a Scout and a Springfield I added floorboards and then I added a heel shifter to the Springfield. It was the Indian brand of heel shifter. It covers too much of the floorboard and hence we now offer floorboard spacers for the 111 floorboards. This moves the floorboard out a little and makes the heel shifter be on the side. The other method is to buy the Kuryakyn heel shifter which goes under the floorboard. We also sell those. What are you guys doing?
I've owned 4 bikes before this one (2019 Indian Chieftain) and I must say, I added the heel toe shiftier and love it. It makes shifting easier and cooler....lol
 

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I use only a toe shifter. I've had other bikes in the past with heel shifters and found they worked much better for finding neutral. Other than that, I really don't miss the heel shifter.
 

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I bought the Indian heel shifter. I've been riding sport bikes for 20 years. I love it. I do forget I have it sometimes but I've found it easier to get into neutral with it. No complaints about it getting in the way either. Easy to install it just screws on. The instructions are a waste of time.
 

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My Guzzi came with both a toe and heal shifter but I prefer the heel … just find I don't end up in neutral nearly as much using the heel as I can give it a better whack down that using the toe upwards allows.
 

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I had toe/heal on most all of my Harley baggers. I used/tried the heal shifter now and then but no likey, I prefer toe only. Does this mean I have a toe fetish? :D
Willy, that's what we call TMI. i think there's a website for that.
But myself i had them on very rare occasion have used the heel. not sure if it contributed to it but most of them that had toe/heel the inner bearing always seemed to go bad.
 
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