Since many riding boots don't come with a rubber pad on the left gear shift boot (which I've never liked the look of anyway), I started looking around for something that would protect the leather on the side and top of my gear shift boots. After looking around a bit, I ran across these rubber gear shift boot protectors that I recently installed on both bikes. They're suppose to keep the shifter from scuffing up your boots. I thought they were a good idea and a pretty cheap fix at under five bucks. Since its been raining for two days here, I've only had limited ride time with them on. I'll post an update about how well (or not) they work after I get some more ride time. So far on the Guzzi, it works fine.