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What do you do when waiting for a red light?
 

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Short wait: first gear.
Long wait: neutral.
But anytime I'm not sure everyone behind me is safely stopped, I'm in first and watching the mirror, ready to move. Almost got bumped by a big rolling 4X4 that HAD come to a full stop behind me. Not sure I'd have got out of the way in time had I been in neutral. Driver on cell phone reading something on the seat beside her. Gave me a look like it was my fault.
 

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Should have added - i generally use neutral, unless the weather is bad or it's dark, then i'm in first ready to move.
 

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depends on what is going on. if uncertain the rule of thumb would be stay in gear and be ready to react.
 

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GSXRBUbba Quote:
Originally Posted by SkydiveSonic
What do you do when waiting for a red light?

I do neutral...if you take a driving test you are supposed to show you are in neutral also.


dude what are you talking about?!? in no driving exam or driving class, bike or car, have i ever been told to shift to netural...in fact dat louie ,when he was at action, said always in gear so if something comes up you can move quickly
 

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GSXRBUbba Quote:
Originally Posted by SkydiveSonic
What do you do when waiting for a red light?

I do neutral...if you take a driving test you are supposed to show you are in neutral also.


dude what are you talking about?!? in no driving exam or driving class, bike or car, have i ever been told to shift to netural...in fact dat louie ,when he was at action, said always in gear so if something comes up you can move quickly
Ditto, if you are on your roadtest and take both hands of the bars at a light you'll get big points, if not a fail.
 

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The part about showing the road test that you're in neutral when stopped is incorrect.

I remember being yelled at by Kramer for putting my bike in neutral in one of the rides, when we had all stopped and it was just other students behind me, and we were waiting for the light.

Regardless of what ICBC thinks (and I'm very sure they don't think you need to be in neutral when stopped), I'd stick with what's safer. To be in gear.
 

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:cool It depends on the duration of the light. A longer stop-light: into neutral and light-up a smoke. Shorter stop-light: stay in gear and light-up a smoke. Works for me. If the hand-book ever mentions smoking at stop-lights, certainly I'll re-assess. :devillook
 

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By the book as taught by PRS,

unless I need my hands for something like wiping off my visor from the rain, flexing my fingers, adjusting my tank bags, answering my cell phone or grabbing a quick smoke...
 

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By the book as taught by PRS,

unless I need my hands for something like wiping off my visor from the rain, flexing my fingers, adjusting my tank bags, answering my cell phone or grabbing a quick smoke...
lol,,,you do all that while you wait for lights....?:laughing ..(answering cell phone/smoking)

im always in gear ready to roll in case some idiot dont know how to stop behind me but somtimes in N if its a long wait.....
 

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Until I see a car stop comfortably behind me (crash barrier) I tend to stay in gear or at least keep an eye on them and if it looks bad I click into gear. Never had to jump the light though. But I'm watching.

Once I got one car stopped it's into neutral.
 
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check out the chicks in the cars around me. stretch out. wave to babies. bark at dogs. shake my head at dork pedestrians that don't obey the crosswalk signals.

obviously watch cars behind in the mirrors, and plan an escape route should i need it.

i put the bike back in gear when i see the yellow for the cross traffic.
 
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if you take a driving test you are supposed to show you are in neutral also.
you'd fail your road test then. a proper stop is clutch in, first gear, left foot down, right foot on rear brake. they ask you what gear you are in doing your stops in your skills test. if you say anything other than first, you fail.
 

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If you're riding a Ducati, you're in blessed, forgiving neutral at any given moment that the hideously stiff clutch doesn't need to be engaged.

Shouldn't this thread be in the newbie forum?
 

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Ditto, if you are on your roadtest and take both hands of the bars at a light you'll get big points, if not a fail.
When I took my road test the tester told me to keep my right hand on the brake and take my left hand off the bar to show I was in neutral. This was a ICBC tester, unless things have changed since I got my license.
 

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my tester didn't mention and I suspect didn't care.

personally I feel safest, with right foot rear brake, left foot down, first gear, clutch in. occasionally on a long light I will switch to neutral to lean back and give myself a break but otherwise, I'm ready to go. frankly, I can't understand how the other half lives on this one.

Cory
 

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same as everyone
short wait in gear
long wait in neutral....... adjusting my mirrors, stretching my hands, standing up and adjusting my wedgy, look at those cagers stare through their side mirrors like it's a crime to look....., stare at the wonderful sky

palms sore like hell if i put it in gear for too long
 
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