Originally Posted by tag
I ride a DRZ400SM and on the ride home I had difficulty shifting. The sole of the new boots made it difficult to put my toe under the shifter. My Kachmanns had a gap in the area of the sole that is underneath the arch of my foot, while the Gaernes are continuous front to back. Do you have any recommendations? I was thinking of grinding down the sole under the arch to give me some more room, but I don't want to lose the stiffness that the sole provides.
I had similar trouble initially, with the Oiled Balance boots and my R1150GS shifter. I managed to get used to it; I've found that sometimes it's easier to wiggle the toe of the boot to the side of the shifter and let the sole catch the end of the shift lever and shift up that way (particularly while standing). YMMV, of course.