Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Lexington, South Carolina, USA
I like a heel/toe shift. Have had them on all my bikes, and would not be happy with a standard peg and toe shift.
Used as intended, used normally I would challenge anyone to prove to me that a heel/toe shift harms the transmission.
As with all things it is just common sense. I think sometime a shift fork is damaged with a heel/toe shift under a couple conditions. One is shifting the bike in or out of gear with it not running. You know how it will sometimes not want to shift into neutral or will get stuck in second gear. The motor is not running, nothing is rotating, so if one gets rough with the shift, sure damage could occur.
Sometimes you will see folks arrive at a stop light in a high gear, they stop and stomp it down miss a gear...mess around.....that sort of thing.
If used with just a firm easy shift I do not think it would ever lead to any damage. Now if one were to stomp on it all the time the extra leverage when it will not go in or out of gear because of improper operation on the part of the rider, yes maybe damage can result.
I think that is what you have to look at, use it with common sense and care and you will be fine.
I have used them for years. I simply use the weight of my foot to shift with, I do not stomp on the shift, and I always start the bike before attempting to shift.
The 1800 is my bike. The very best motorcycle ever made. I was enthralled with my first test ride on this machine. It is a great bike. A crotch rocket with storage bags.............As for oil I use the slick kind, and I like round tires, but as of late I have found square ones work best on the rear. Pirelli Eufori 195/55/16 @ 32 PSI