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I think my Sidi adventure boots gave me 3/4 maybe an inch.Being a bit of a shorty pants I have just gotten accustomed to picking a side come stop time.
You can get some Gene Simmons, Kiss Kneehigh platforms. Or some Herman Munster bootsThe thicker the sole the less fell you'll have and also getting the toe under the shifter or the sole over the shifter will be odd at best. I say look for or have you seat lowered or lower the suspension.
OK - have any of you girls or guys found it necessary to purchase a pair of boots that provide an additional 3/4 to 1" leg length? I love my old 1991 R100GS ...... owned since new. But as I've gotten older, I find I need a little more stability when I come to a stop on this old gal.Any advice on boots you've found that are quality, that provide an extra inch or so, and keep you in the saddle of a favorite bike?Bob
I've ridden a big tall Tiger since '06. To me touching with both feet flat is really over rated. I prefer to keep my right foot on the brake, keep the bike in gear at stops and put the left foot down with the clutch in. Make yourself a tripod, two tires and a foot. Be selective about where you put that left foot down. Make it habit. In gear with the clutch in and your always ready to take off.
This is how my MSF instructor taught us and I've been doing ever since. I can't flat foot my Cal Spec either. -AJ
. . . I tried to ride in my Elton John platform boots and it just didn't work out that well, and my feather boa lost all it's fuzz in the 1st 100 miles.
I've ridden a big tall Tiger since '06. To me touching with both feet flat is really over rated. I prefer to keep my right foot on the brake, keep the bike in gear at stops and put the left foot down with the clutch in. Make yourself a tripod, two tires and a foot. Be selective about where you put that left foot down. Make it habit. In gear with the clutch in and your always ready to take off.I tried to ride in my Elton John platform boots and it just didn't work out that well, and my feather boa lost all it's fuzz in the 1st 100 miles.
Thanks for all the thoughtful suggestions. Several years ago, I did take a really beat pair of Sidi boots to the shoe shop, and had a 1/2" shim added between the sole and the boot. Didn't begin using them until after heart surgery in 2016, as a follow up staph infection put me in rehab for a month. Balance has never been quite as good since then. These boots work wonders, with the additional 1/2", but they are completely worn out. Velcro is shot, insides are coming apart. I need a new pair. Sidi no longer makes this model boot, therefore the search for a good replacement.I don't want to shave the saddle, since once I'm moving, the seat to peg distance is perfect for me. I've considered dropping the suspension by a slight amount, but the forks have only 1/8 inch or so before the caps would make contact with the handlebars. Thought about raising the bars to permit sliding the tubes through the triple clamps, but then they would contact the dashboard when doing a right or left lock of the bars (which I often do when moving the bike around the garage.) If my GS was a pre-1991 model, it'd be simple, since there was no fairing, and dropping the forks would be a 20 minute operation. Bob
If you don't need the lean angle, then you have a couple options. Lower the seat, and lower the pegs, or put lowering links or shorter shock in the rear and give room to slide the forks up by going with risers and a new handlebar that doesn't hit the fairing. Shaving the seat and lowering the pegs will probably be cheaper and easier. If you can find a cobbler around here, they have a 6 month lead time. They aren't getting rich doing what they do so not many wanting to compete with them.
TWA, I was initially going in the direction you're discussing. I had selected bar risers, and called Ted Porter's Beemer Shop to discuss lowering the aftermarket shock I'd purchased from him. When I mentioned raising the handlebars to permit sliding the forks up about 3/4", Ted said 'check the clearance now between the tops of the forks at full lock as they pass beneath the dash panel. There is no room to drop them more than a fraction of an inch or so. Bob
OR, when I was on the motor squad the first thing the guys taught me was to take my issued knee high boots to “Johnny’s Shoe Repair” shop on the corner of 4th and And liberty and have the old guy to add an inch to the sole big only a smaller amount to the heal. It would add an inch to your stature and take a lot longer to wear the soles out👍
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