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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 2013, 2:05 am Thread Starter
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I am a little embarrassed to be asking such a question, but my old Harley boots are not a fit for my 03-KGT. Rather than using tennis shoes, does anyone have a preference to a type/brand of shoe?

I want to be able to walk around comfortably while on trips as well as having protection.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 2013, 2:33 am
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There are plenty of non-race style motorcycle boots/shoes about.

I see plenty of guys wearing trainers and such like in the summer months but it horrifies me, Ive even seen a guy wearing flip/flops on a Honda Fireblade!!!!!!!!!

I too like a boot that I can walk in as I use my bike for work and have to walk a fair bit.

For the last 5 years Ive had a pair of Sidi Canyon Goretex, not cheap but they have done close on 150,000 miles and loads of walking and have NEVER leaked. They are a bit shorter than the race style boots and with my leathers or riding pants over the top look smartish and are comfortable to walk in. They also have a sole/heel more like a normal walking boot so much more grip


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When I first got my K, I did once ride it with strong trainer type shoes until I bought riding boots and I can give you the words of warning:

1. Riding boots are an essential part of your safety gear ATGATT.
2. If you have ever had road junk jump up at you, it hits your toe or ankle which is why you need protection above the ankle aka 'boots'.
3. When you come to stops on the big heavy K or are loading up a pillion, you must be sure your feet are firmly planted else tipover, expense greater than proper boots and embarrasment.
4. When you come to stops in wet weather, you realize that the soles of motorcycle riding boots are made of soft rubber similar to your road tires. Not some plastic polyurethane that will slip away.
5. Boots need to be comfortable for walking in 'off the bike' - allow up to 4 weeks to 'wear in' new boots.

I was not interested in the flashy color matched expensive riding boots and my first pair were Dainese touring boots. Plain black, zipper sides with velcro top flap, so easy to get on and off and very comfortable. The only downside was being a soft rubber sole, the right boot eventually wore a hole caused by the K's center stand. I also had to modify them slightly with an angle grinder, because they extended the sole ribbing too far back and the last one caught on the K's foot pegs.

I have seen similar non-branded boots and by look and feel for flexibility on the uppers, sole and sliding the sole/heel on a wet surface, I can tell if they would work for me. I would always prefer leather/rubber soles if I can get them over plastic composite materials.

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Originally Posted by BMW-Mike
I am a little embarrassed to be asking such a question, but my old Harley boots are not a fit for my 03-KGT. Rather than using tennis shoes, does anyone have a preference to a type/brand of shoe?

I want to be able to walk around comfortably while on trips as well as having protection.
I agree that ATGATT includes boots. For years I wore my GI flight boots but now can pay for boots made for riding - and worth it.

My first pair were Hein Gericke that I found on a closout for just over $100. Great boots until the soles wore out. Next were RoadGear which were OK. Now I'm wearing Forma Street Evo also found on closeout, the only complaint is that the flex area is vinyl which has started to pull away from the leather.

A couple of things I've found...
- some boots are very stiff which is OK for riding but can make them uncomfortable for walking
- they generally open with a zipper either on the inside or outside, inside is easier
- waterproof is done by a liner and if it's Gortex it will be expensive and on higher end boots
- BikeBandit has some good videos describing boots, I'm looking toward Gaerne or Sidi for my next pair
- I like to be breaking in my new pair while having my old ones still usable for the long trips

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I bought a pair of boots made by Cruiserworks 10 years ago and they are still the best motorcycle boots that I have ever owned. They are comfortable enough to walk around in for hours. The company has been sold from the original owners but according to the website they look identical to the ones I bought back in 2003.



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Noting that you live in California -

Actually the BMW Goretex boots fill the bill for me - Airflow is the model.


My feet stay nicely ventilated and dry in a brief rain.

I wear more traditional full leather boots in cool/cold weather.

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