Robbo
I saw the mini thread on heel shiters in the Riders back rest discussion. I thought I would put my 5 cents worth in a new thread.
I nearly bought a heel shift from new as after years of riding a Harley Dresser (stripped but a dresser none the less) I couldn't imagine not having one.
In the end I already blew the budget on Stage 1 upgrade and passenger seat set up so I went without and get one later.
I actually got used to not having a heel shifter very quickly and I dont mind it. The gear lever is in a different position than the Harley and is better suited to toe shifting.
Interestingly now when I ride the Harley after riding the Indian I automatically try to jam my toe under the front gear lever but if I switch from the Harley to the Indian I automatically reach back with my heal.
I like them both and while I might have beem tempted to put a heel shifter on the Indian the cost of Indian accessories is as ever a bit ridiculous so I will stick with it as is.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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DarkScout
Was looking into it as well,, was waiting on some feedback..
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V-Twin
I love my heal shifter. Every time I ride demo bike or rental, I always stomp the floorboard by mistake. It is particularly handy if you have hard to shift gearbox in the morning.
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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crash
V-Twin wrote:
I love my heal shifter. Every time I ride demo bike or rental, I always stomp the floorboard by mistake. It is particularly handy if you have hard to shift gearbox in the morning.


[rolleyes]
Ulysses #30673
IMRG #AU100394
Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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gazman
Don't like it and don't see the need for it.[biggrin][nono]
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V-Twin
gazman wrote:
Don't like it and don't see the need for it.[biggrin][nono]


Huh haha! We can still be friends.

By the way, Bill from Sydney dealership is traveling with us and I like him! Straight talker. Just as you said Gazman!
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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crash
each to their own I guess [smile]
Ulysses #30673
IMRG #AU100394
Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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DarkScout
Anyone have a photo, was looking into it.
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captainrob
My Vintage came with a heel shifter. 
Takes a while to get the idea, and it’s a bit of fun, but I find it’s quicker not to use it.
Also the heel pedal sticks out a bit and I’ve accidentally bumped it into gear a couple of times. Scared the s**t out of me, I don’t mind admitting! 
Ill stick with it for a while, but I think it might have to go....
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V-Twin
captainrob wrote:
Also the heel pedal sticks out a bit and I’ve accidentally bumped it into gear a couple of times.
I can only assume that length of one’s left leg might have something to do with bumping the rear shifter?  Is your heel shifte, genuine Indian or aftermarket?  I have seen aftermarket unit that was much bigger.  The genuine unit looks like the front shifter in appearance.
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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DrZ
I am just the opposite.  After owning more Harleys than I care to admit, I couldn't get used to using a toe shifter.  The heel shifter addition was my first add on.

Just remember it is easily removable and there are those here who would probably like to buy it.
Semper Fi,
Z
Bike History
2015 Indian Roadmaster , 2014 Indian Chieftain, 2005 Honda Goldwing GL1800, 1999 HD Road King Classic, 1994 HD Fatboy, 1986 HD  Heritage Softail, 1978 HD ElectraGlide, 1972 HD SuperGlide, 1969 HD XLCH Sportster, 1945 HD WLA,  1963 Honda 305 Dream.
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stevenlb21
Had a heel shifter on my HD Road Glide and it was the first thing that was taken off and the next item was the stupid drink holder kept getting in the way
Cheers......Steve
Penrith, NSW

2015 Indian Chieftain (Indian Motorcycle Red)
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Harry Graeve

I recently Road an HD Ultra classic with the heel and toe arrangement and I must admit I wasn't a fan.

There were times when I would have liked to have just hung my heels off the back of the board as I was able to do on the other side, but the heel shift really restricted my movement.

The thing to keep in mind is that I wear a size 13 boot, so I probably take up a little more space than many others.

It was for this reason that I didn't even consider getting one for my bike and after riding the Indians a number of times have found that there is plenty of real estate on those boards for me to dance around once I get onto the freeway and up to speed.

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captainrob
Further to my previous comment, and after a few more kms, I loath it. 
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Dr.Shifty
This thread started two years ago and there are now more aftermarket options for the heel shifter.

The Indian one sits over the foot board and takes up space along the inner edge (where the arm is) and the rear where the peg is.

The Kuryakin one sits underneath the board and the peg sits behind the board. It takes no space from your foot. HeelShifter01.jpg 
Cheers, Kim.

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Crazyhorse
Yeah I fitted a Kuryakyn to my mates Chieftain and he loves it except he has lost a little bit of lean angle, but he loves the sound it makes. Ps. He has never accidentally knocked it out of gear.
Life's too short to ride a Harley.
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Kevin #062
I bought the kuryakyn heel shifter it sits behind floorboard so it allows me to move around on the board on long trips I love it yes I have to physically move my size 7 to the rear of the board to use it, but I wouldn't have it any other way!!
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Dr.Shifty
Crazyhorse wrote:
Yeah I fitted a Kuryakyn to my mates Chieftain and he loves it except he has lost a little bit of lean angle, but he loves the sound it makes. Ps. He has never accidentally knocked it out of gear.


If he's lost some lean angle because the shifter is touching, he needs to correct that. Too much touch and it can change gear unexpectedly. As the toe peg comes down, the heel shifter rises. It sounds like he needs to lower the toe a little - unless he's got it set high to allow for high boots.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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Mon
I put the kuryakyn one on my scout and love it, so much easier changing up gears. Wear a size 12 boot and especially if in my work steel caps was having a lot of trouble before.
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Nooscout
I made my own to fit my Scout after coming from a Kawasaki Vulcan I didn't like toe shifting again, but I did not want to pay over $450 for one delivered from US.
The Vulcan has the best setup heel shifter EVER. When you stop your bike on the road ( for lights etc,) just step on the heel shift and it auto shifts into neutral, no matter what gear you happen to stop in. But you must be stopped, so no false neutral selections on the go. Amazing!
Kawasaki must have a patent as I don't know of any other bike that has an auto neutral finder. 
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Dr.Shifty
Nooscout wrote:
I made my own to fit my Scout after coming from a Kawasaki Vulcan I didn't like toe shifting again, but I did not want to pay over $450 for one delivered from US.
The Vulcan has the best setup heel shifter EVER. When you stop your bike on the road ( for lights etc,) just step on the heel shift and it auto shifts into neutral, no matter what gear you happen to stop in. But you must be stopped, so no false neutral selections on the go. Amazing!
Kawasaki must have a patent as I don't know of any other bike that has an auto neutral finder. 


Kawasaki has a positive neutral finder on most of their bikes - my 2008 Versys has it but I don't know when they first introduced it. Mostly it works only from 1st gear and prevents the lever from kicking up to 2nd when stopped so neutral is easy at lights. I have not heard of it working from any other gear so perhaps the Vulcan has a different system.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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JuanPoop
This thread has reminded me that I have had a nice new Kuryakyn heel shifter sitting in my cupboard for over 6 months.

Time to get it out and finally fit it to the Injun!

Very slack....

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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JuanPoop
Well, I finally dragged that Kuryakyn heel shifter out of my special Springfield drawer and fitted it (a couple of weeks ago).

It does take some getting used to, but I am liking it.  It actually feels like the changes are a bit smoother, which seems to indicate that the gear linkage adjustment I had to make to fit it, might have improved the gear changing process.  I am no mechanic, and this may well be BS, but it feels that way.

Happy days!

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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Stephen Webb
I have tried both the Indian and the Kuryakyn shifter.  the Kuryakyn is the best of the two.  It does not hinder the foot, is out of the way and looks better.
Spider
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Sandstone Challenger Dark Horse
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JuanPoop
I fitted my Kuryakyn heel shifter about 4 months ago and it is a keeper. Works great and I am sure it has made my gear changes smoother.

I have seen people mention the size of the peg.  I played around with this a bit, as I initially bought one that was too long (leg gets caught occasionally).

I even thought about making one like @Dr.Shifty did, but decided to just swap the standard OEM peg from the front to the back and put the new (longer) peg on the front.  

This has worked ok to date, so will likely leave it like that. I think I am used to where the peg is and move my left leg around that area to avoid it.  Doesn’t seem to get caught unless I am doing something in tight spaces, but I can live with that. 

All in all though, highly recommended.  

aka - John
2017 Springfield - grey / burgundy
Northern Beaches - Sydney
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