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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-20-2011, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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When waiting at a red light...

Do you leave it in first gear and hold the clutch in?
Or do you put it in neutral while you wait?

I personally keep it in first gear and hold the clutch in.

Just wondering what others do.

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1st gear, clutch in, pulse brake light, stay back a bit from car in front, watch rear mirrors and check potential exit path to right or left, if rear vehicle isnt stopping
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Do you leave it in first gear and hold the clutch in?
Or do you put it in neutral while you wait?

I personally keep it in first gear and hold the clutch in.

Just wondering what others do.
If it's heavy traffic in an urban environment, I'll put it into neutral to reduce forearm pump.
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Just as vstar23 and FS puts it. It all depends on traffic volume. I safely come to a smooth stop and watch out for the cars around me, especially the one coming to stop behind my bike and me. If it's a long light, I then ease into neutral and wait to start up again when the light changes green. Always keeping situational awareness and reacting to my best interest of course.

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Hi Taboo, for me if I been runnin long, hit a light, I like to fire up a smoke, so it is neutral for me. Get to relax a bit at a long red that way too. Ride Safe

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Do you leave it in first gear and hold the clutch in?
Or do you put it in neutral while you wait?

I personally keep it in first gear and hold the clutch in.

Just wondering what others do.
Accepting for a moment the false premise that anyone actually stops at a red light, I keep it in first with an eye on the mirrors just waiting for the screech of brakes behind me...
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I keep it in first reving at about 4 grand just waiting to feather the clutch for the perfect launch.....don't want to hold up traffic you know LMAO
The above advice works good to.
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I leave it in 1st and clutch in all the while keeping a very good eye in the mirrors for that phone totin, mail texting SOB that's coming to hit my behind.

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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-20-2011, 10:04 PM
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1st gear, clutch in, pulse brake light, stay back a bit from car in front, watch rear mirrors and check potential exit path to right or left, if rear vehicle isnt stopping
What he said. That's what you are taught in the MSF BRC (Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course).



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Yeah, had to do an MSF trainin thing a lifetime ago to ride on the base, not so sure they got the idea of the real world Not to say it is bad, only that real everyday riding may not match up with what they say is reality Just a comment Ride Safe

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