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I was curious whether the footpegs with the feelers removed would be the first parts of the bike to touch down in a corner. I was worried about the exhaust or sidestand touching down and causing the rear wheel to lose contact.

I couldn't find any info online, so I wanted to make this thread for anyone trying to Google it in the future.

After putting progressively shorter feelers and then ultimately removing them when doing track days I have determined the following:

The footpegs without feelers will be the first part of the bike to touch down in a corner and you will still have plenty of tyre left (maybe 5mm or so).

The maximum lean angle of XSR700 is somewhere beyond the point where the original footpegs (without feelers) touch.

Will get slightly raised pegs (biketec adjustable pegs, not actual rearsets) and experiment with those on the track. Will update this thread on whether they scrape before any other part of the bike contacts the ground or if I end up binning it because the exhaust or sidestand touch down first.

For reference my bike is completely stock in terms of suspension (other than the front having 20W oil, YSS progressive springs and preload adjustment caps which give me 35mm of race sag) and my rear shock's preload is maxed out. I use Michelin Road 5 tyres with 32 psi on the front and 35 psi on the rear.
 

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Dude, Just put down a piece of carpet, and lay your bike down gently, to see what hits first. Easy peasy.
I know, rider sag, and suspension compression play a role, at speed.......
 

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I'm doing this exactly because of what you said at the end - I don't want to give myself a false sense of confidence by trying it without the suspension being compressed!

This whole thing was to prove or disprove that the original pegs would scrape first and now I want to see if the adjustable biketek footpegs would scrape first before the exhaust or sidestand when taking a corner at speed.

I basically want to find out what ergo modifications can be made to the bike to improve ground clearance at lean without making it dangerous.

I'm a nerd, bear with me haha
 

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The footpegs without feelers will be the first part of the bike to touch down in a corner and you will still have plenty of tyre left (maybe 5mm or so).

The maximum lean angle of XSR700 is somewhere beyond the point where the original footpegs (without feelers) touch.
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Plenty of tire left is some characteristic of the MR5. Under normal public street conditions you can not ride it without a chicken strip.

However, when you start removing those feelers, it wil be the footpegs touching the ground. Changing those pegs, it will be the sidestand, which scratches on the left. On the right side it will be mostly fine with the OEM exhaust.
Typical mods for the XSR (MT-07 as well) are, change the pegs or swap to rear sets, modify the side stand, lift the rear with a better (and longer) suspension.
 

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Great response, thanks buddy!

Currently my knee hits the ground before the foot peg does about 8/10 times. I know that I have a lot to work on in terms of body position to make sure I do it every single time. I want to get the adjustable pegs mostly to increase the bend in my knee to make it easier to get the knee down before the foot peg and to a lesser extent provide more ground clearance.

I'm only going to do a handful more track days on the XSR, so I don't want to invest in suspension, but I might get a rear jack up link as that'll only cost about £100.

Could you provide some more info on sidestand modification? Do you mean just cutting a bit of the bottom plate off?
 

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Regarding the sidestand, grind at the bolt side a few mm off and you see how it stops much higher. Then you should have enough clearance. But only if you have done something regarding the footpegs already.

Only if you are 100% satisfied with your rear suspension, you may spend the pounds in a different linkage. Otherwise, go for a new rear shock first. Any other experiments are a waste of money.
 

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Thanks for the advice! Will bring out the Dremel this weekend!

That's fair, the rear jumps around a whole lot, especially in chicanes and esses. I'm kind of okay with it other than that, so will only change it if I decide to do more track days on this bike next summer.

I'll look up recommendations for rear shocks on fz-07.org, but do you have a recommendation off the top of your head for something that has a harder spring, rebound adjustment and is longer?
 

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Öhlins and Mupo shock are longer. The YSS one has minimum an adjustable length, so I think it will be longer as well. Also check what K-Tech is offering, think the length is adjustable and there are different set-ups available.
Öhlins and YSS have a 'harder' spring. Wilbers always offers those variations when you configure your shock.
Anyhow every suspension specialist you will visit in your area, will do so. Maybe he will suggest his preferred brand, but there is nothing wrong with it. As I prefer the human human contact in which you can discuss the spring rate and to whom you can give the shock after two years for revision and adoption of the valving, if needed.
 
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