On my first long ride, before adding the highway bars and pegs, I found that I just wasn't able to move my feet around enough. They felt trapped on the floorboards. Even with the highway pegs it was irritating. I also didn't like the thought of getting my foot hung up between the front and rear shift pegs.
So rather than shell out some $$ for a new one, I cut the rear heel shifter leg off since I'll never use it to begin with. I've had a ton of bikes and this is the first with a heel shift peg and I really can't see any use for it.
I now have a lot more room for moving my feet around. I really like it this way.
Believe it or not, probably because of my sport bike experience, one of my most comfy foot positions when riding SOLO is the passenger pegs behind me! Great on the open road.
To do the mod I simply took a Sawzall to where I wanted to cut while the shift lever was still mounted to the bike. Took about 15 seconds to carefully cut through with a metal blade. Then I took a flat file to the edges to smooth them off a bit. Problem solved!