"the passenger pegs sit too close to the rider’s making it hard for the rider with bigger feet to get on the balls of the foot for sports riding. If you have small feet, this mightn’t prove to be a big issue, but it drove me nuts across the test day."
I've finally gotten to sit on it over the last few days, and this one thing I do not like. It is definitely a riding style thing; many people might not mind. But I shift my foot back in curves, and run right into the passenger foot peg bracket.
Can you just remove the passenger foot pegs? No, because the side cases are attached to them.
I am quite frustrated that such a weird design choice would be the deal killer! I walked around the dealership and no other bike comes close in terms of a cramped rider foot peg configuration.
I would think that it wouldn’t be too hard to modify the existing ones. I think your heel actually hits the passenger peg itself, not the bracket correct? Could you remove the peg and grind the 2 mounts flush with the bracket and then powder coat or paint the whole bracket?
I should have taken a picture of my foot on it. There is a picture 3/4 down in this review: www.bike-urious.com/first-ride-2019-yamaha-tracer-900gt/"My size 12 boots often bumped up against the passenger footpeg mounting brackets. I could never put the ball of my foot on the pegs to vary seating position and maintain comfort during long riding sessions. If you’re solo riding all the time, you can unbolt the brackets."
Similar to that picture, my heel hits the big rear bracket, not just the peg or the peg pivet. I can move my whole foot out a little and rest the ball of my foot on the front peg and my heel on the pivot, but then my foot is half way off of the front foot peg. The position is roughly equivalent to what you could get by removing the rear peg and grinding off the pivot; since my foot is then half off the front peg (less secure) I don't find this a solution for me.
The FJ-09 is better in this regard, it has a couple extra inches. Perhaps the old FJ-09 foot pegs mounted on a 900GT would work, and perhaps the FJ-09 side-case bracket would also work with this setup (?).
It seems likely that a solution will have to include a custom bracket for the side cases.
These Rizoma adjustable passenger pegs for the FJ-09 (http://www.rizoma.com/street/yamaha/pe680/en?MOTO=57587068-50462991-R) intrigued me (40mm rearward relative to the FJ-09 starting point, 30-50mm lower). But it says explicitly "Warning: the PE680B cannot be installed with Yamaha OEM saddlebags."
Also perhaps some kind of forward adjustment of the rider foot pegs?