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Anyone wear Bates Boots when riding their FJR? Concerned as to whether or not there is enough room for shifting. I'm going from a Goldwing and space looks a little tight. I know it is a matter of getting used to the riding position too.
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Adjust the position of the shift lever.

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I wore bates before I realized they were cheap knockoffs of Danners. There is ample room for shifting wearing this sort of boot, even without shifter adjustment (but adjustment is easy). I wear a variety of Danners depending upon conditions. Ride safe.

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I am looking for a boot that has-
Narrow platform, not narrow width sizing. Many boots have too much platform or surface area width at the wide forward portion of the shoe. I often drag that part of the boot when left cornering, I am holding my foot inboard and slightly up but this part of the shoe contacts just about the time the footpeg does. A bit unnerving to have your foot tugged on while leaned over. Last pair of boots I trimmed down with razor and grinder wheel followed by solder iron to melt/smooth and seal.

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Learn how to shift your weight and you won't hit your boots. It doesn't take much. You don't have to look like your racing in MotoGP. Just a little weight bias to the inside makes a huge difference. Once you get used to it, muscle memory takes over and you won't think about it anymore. I read about riders complaining about hitting hard parts and boots and I just don't get it. Here in N. Cal we have a lot of twisties and I ride pretty aggressively and never touch down.

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Anyone wear Bates Boots when riding their FJR? Concerned as to whether or not there is enough room for shifting. I'm going from a Goldwing and space looks a little tight. I know it is a matter of getting used to the riding position too.
Which Bates? They make lots of boots.

I wear Bates USMC boots and have no issues. They're a mild compromise between protection and still being comfortable when off the bike.

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I have been wearing Bates Ultra-Lite Tactical with side zipper for over 3 years and they are comfortable and holding up well. They may be cheap(er) than a Danner but are definitely a good quality boot. I never had an issue on any of my bikes with shifting interference. Comfy all day, light, semi-breathable yet water and wind resistant, affordable and available nearly everywhere. I commute to work 100 miles a day and wear them all day long. If they can stand up to Police, Fire, Emt and Corrections, they can handle a couple hours of ride time and a day at the office.

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You’re going to find bates in use in more stationary vocations. They’ll last a long time for riding. Not so much for law enforcement. But they cost half as much as danners. No way I’d pay danner money if I was just going to use them for riding. But I wear my boots all the time, to include work. Good boots (bates) no matter how you measure them.

I’m curious about someone having boots “rubbing” or scraping. You are putting the ball of your foot on the peg when you corner, rather than the arch, right? Any boot will scrape in a turn if you leave your foot centered on the peg. I remove
my peg feelers, and can still have a peg touch in the twisties. But my size 12 wides aren’t going to touch.

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I've worn Bates Tactical side zips the last two years. Goretex lining, no issues with water. Very comfortable riding or walking. If they were an inch higher, that would be an improvement.

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I usually wear Sidi supposedly waterproof (not at all) boots and had to adjust the shifter up a smidge to comfortably get them under the shifter.

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