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Old 04-08-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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Adventure Style Boots and FZ1, anyone?

Hello all.

I just made the switch from V-Strom to FZ1 and I am loving it! I'd like to combine motorcycling and hiking now that my recent relocation has placed me so far from the mountains. I'd like to be able to combine a weekend motorcycle ride with some light exploration. Having ADV type boot will most likely let me do that without having to pack an additional pair of hiking boots in my already cramped luggage.

My question is this: many of the ADV boots I have seen have a very high ground to top of toe box height, if that's the technical term. Is anyone currently running some of these more ADV style boots and is that increased height affecting your interface with the shift lever (more so shifting up than down)?
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:57 PM   #2
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Any good motorcycle boot is gonna suck for hiking IMHO. However, the best moto boot i know of that will do what you want is trials boots. I have a set of Gaerne trials boots and they are the only moto boots I can hike in. They also have the least amount of protection.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:07 PM   #3
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I apologize if I'm stating the obvious to you- but you can (easily) adjust the shifter to fit the boot.
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Old 05-05-2014, 05:55 AM   #4
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I ride in steel toe/shank work boots and you are right, the FZ1 shifter is too close to the footpeg for the thicker toed boots. When you raise the shifter up enough to easily get the toe under it, it's easy to miss a double downshift because you didn't let the shifter return far enough.

I doubt I could even ride the bike in my insulated hunting boots I normally use when riding in sub-freezing temps. I expect to change the shift lever before next winter.

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