I recently bought a BMW Scooter and so far I am very happy with it.
One of the reasons for choosing the scooter was the gear changing hassles with the previous bike (R850 R)
It was not the bike, but the state of my feet causing the problem.
They are getting old and with a slight touch of diabetes, they are not as flexible as they once were :>(
With riding boots on, I was having slight problems bending my foot enough to get my toes under the gear lever.
Changing up and down was a hassle, especially so for example, when looking for neutral
Hence the C650GT Scooter. No footwork needed at all!
Nice, but not the ultimate in performance and I am bit reluctant to consider long tours.
Question is, besides the old heel-toe gear changing levers (now totally redundant?) is there anything in the market place that would help one to change gears? (Assuming I went back to conventional BMW's eg the forthcoming R-nine-T)
I am imagining that a horseshoe shaped gear lever (mounted sideways) with the top piece being a lot shorter than the bottom piece, could perhaps work?
Picture a coat hook mounted upside down on the side of a conventional gear lever?
Or something you could press the inside of your foot against, with enough side friction available to be able to change up.
Nothing to drastic so as to get your foot hung up in, obviously.