Firstly - I understand that most [all?] of you are not doctors and nothing said here will constitute as professional medical (or legal - just to cover all bases ) advice from anyone... <insert standard disclaimer here> So moving on - having reached the end of my 4th day of actually riding (Just brimming with experience [NOT! - Pls note the [NOOB] tag in my title!]), I've noticed that my left leg is bloody sore sometimes. Specifically, the shin on my left leg feels sometimes like someone is sticking hot pokers in it if I move it the wrong way. It seems ok for normal walking and standing, but if I'm sitting in an office chair and go to use my leg to drag my ass (on the chair) across the room, it hurts like a son-of-a-b*tch sometimes! Likewise it gives a similar, though strangely not as extreme pain when I lift it onto the left peg and when I pull it out to start gearing down. The top of my left leg, up at the hip and groin, also aches and has muscle soreness, but I attribute that to the lifting of my leg from the left peg and stomping the gears down. That one I'm fairly ok with as I figure it will go away as I 'train up' the muscles in that area. It's the first one with the shin soreness I am concerned about. Now - at this point it should be mentioned that I'm NOT riding with proper motorcycle boots (yet!). I've had trouble finding ones that fit me, so at present I'm wearing my Bisley steel capped high topped leather work boots - figuring they're better than my ratty sneakers or my Oliver elastic sided slip-on work shoes. I'm aware of the steel caps == bad for motorcyclists, but as a cruiser rider, there's not a lot of toe down stuff going on, unlike on a sports bike, and as mentioned, I feel these are the lesser of the available evils. Would the shoes be a contributing factor to the apparent muscle strain in the shin? Would proper boots assist in easing this? Is this shin pain also just a 'it goes over time as your leg gets used to the different use of muscles' pain??? Could the placement of levers/pegs be a factor that I need to address? So folks - whaddya reckon?