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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 24th, 2009, 1:40 pm Thread Starter
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A Short 03 KGT Review

I have had the bike a month or so now and feel qualified to sum up my feelings:

Love the bike. Hate the shifter

Don't any Germans have size 11 or bigger feet?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 24th, 2009, 7:23 pm
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Glad you like your bike, but what problems you have with the shifter?
I am German with a size 13...........feet that is
I don't have any problems with the shifter on my bike.

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Glad you like your bike, but what problems you have with the shifter?
I am German with a size 13...........feet that is
I don't have any problems with the shifter on my bike.
The problem is getting my foot under the shifter for up shifts. Especially with one pair of boots I sometimes wear. The shifter should be farther from the foot peg
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the shifter mechanism is adjustable in two ways:
-by adjusting the height of the shifter (it's described in the manual, with pictures)
-with the threaded rod
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I took mine off, did some trimming and fitting, cut some grooves to help keep it form twisting and dabbled a little in JB Weld sculpting. Then reinstalled it pointing forward (basically 180 degrees off of the far back position) and my flipper feet fit fine now.

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I took mine off, did some trimming and fitting, cut some grooves to help keep it form twisting and dabbled a little in JB Weld sculpting. Then reinstalled it pointing forward (basically 180 degrees off of the far back position) and my flipper feet fit fine now.
I think that's what I'll end up doing.
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Are your pegs in the low setting or high setting?....
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Are your pegs in the low setting or high setting?....
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Shiro, I had same problem with my big feet. I found that the shifter was slightly bent back towards the foot peg due to hitting the ground. The shifter has hit a few times on hard cornering to the left, and may have hit ground when bike was knocked over.

So I fixed it. You have to be careful with the cast aluminum as it can break easily. I used a propane torch to heat the shifter and slowly bend it back out with some real big channel lock pliers. Now I mean real slow. Heat, then put some pressure on it with pliers, heat again, pliers again, and keep doing it over and over. Took me about 30 minutes. No brake, no cracks, no stress. Now I have plenty of room.
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Well I am still no fan of the shifter, but I am learning the proper way to rotate my foot to get it under the shifter and my secondary boots are breaking in.

Now if I could just learn to keep the speed and acceleration down so my short commute does not completely kill my gas mileage. (This bike does not like starting, going 6 miles at a clip, and then doing it over again at the end of the day...)
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