Originally Posted by BrewDudeBob
It should be habit for you to be in 1st gear whenever you stop with your clutch engaged in case you have to escape in an emergency. "Getaway Gear". That is why it is habit for me to have my left foot down with my right foot on the brake.
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Two issues here - on the staying in gear, the book says no, because if you get rear ended the jerk will probably cause you to release the clutch and twist the throttle open. That's a good way to die.
That said, the book isn't always right and sometimes it makes sense to stay in gear provided that (a) you have a clear and safe escape route and (b) you watch your mirror instead of what's happening in front of you. Be prepared for loud horns when you fail to notice that the lights have changed.
As for stopping, one of the biggest causes of embarassing, plastic scratching low speed drops is the front wheel locking up at or below walking speed - especially when the car in fromt starts to move off, changes its mind and you grab the front brake.
So you always have the right foot on the peg when starting and stopping as long as the wheels are turning, and below walking speed you use the rear brake - not the front. 99 times out of a hundred the front brake is OK. The time it isn't, the only thing guaranteed is that there'll be an audience to watch you fall off.
So if the right foot is on the peg, the left foot has to go down. It's easy enough to swap feet if you've failed to sort out your gears (I stay in first, not because it's right, or safer - it isn't - but because I'm lazy.)
As for sitting on a bike when it's on the side stand, my mechanical sympathy is wincing. I won't do those side stand turns in the workshop either.