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Old 11-26-2012, 07:25 AM   #131 (permalink)
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There is no absolute "this is always the right way to do it", circumstances vary, but the thing that was drummed into me was that consistency reduces stress and increases safety. My default approach to stopping is that I'm going to stop, right foot down then fiddle with the gears using my left foot which is still in position but what I'll actually do will depend on the exact circumstances of each stop.
Best presentation of this entire thread about stopping at stop signs/lights.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:08 AM   #132 (permalink)
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You mob have no idea whatsoever...

You pull up at the lights, slipping it into neutral just before you stop, put both feet down, lift your visor, pick your nose, check out the adjacent cars for hot chicks, pull out your MP3 player, select a new song, rise up on your toes and pull ya undies out of your crack, check the pedestrians for hot chicks, realise you probably got time to light a fag, get the pack out, stick one in your gob, struggle to find your lighter, then wave at the bloke behind you blowing his horn and take off at a million miles an hour, not forgetting to hit neutral between first and second whilst vowing to light the fag at the next set of lights.

Now c'mon, who hasn't done this?
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:13 AM   #133 (permalink)
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You forgot about ripping a nasty fart.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:19 AM   #134 (permalink)
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You forgot about ripping a nasty fart.
Need a lot of cheese in the diet to do that safely Lefty.

Oh, and I forgot the bit about when you hit neutral, your modular helmet flops down half closed not only obliterating your view, but breaking the fag as well.
It happens...

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Well, wear your brown leathers, then.
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I can do the whole balance on a bicycle while stopped thing almost indefinitely, but I've never had the nerve to try in on my motorbike....couple of seconds is the most I'll do, IF I've timed the lights correctly.

Leaving it in 1st gear or not will depend on how I've approached the light....first one at the front of the line and I'll usually leave it in gear until another vehicle pulls up behind me....anything else and I'll have split between vehicles so it's utterly pointless to leave it in gear.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:37 PM   #140 (permalink)
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We don't do that here, although I understand they do in some 3rd world countries.
I'm assuming your joking...I mean, having some ambulance attendant rummaging through your wallet while you lay unconscious in the street, overlooking your insurance card, and therefore just driving away seems a little barbaric for the 21st century in a country as wealthy as the US. Or maybe they can run a quick credit check to see if you are good for it before deciding to use a back board instead of just rolling you off to the curb.
I think that if you are going to partake in an inherently dangerous and voluntary activity, you owe it to yourself, your family and society to be responsible.

It's not the ambulance ride that gets expensive. It's the medical treatment that ensues.

So do you take any steps to reduce risk?


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