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post #1 of 54 Old 08-20-2013, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch use at stop lights question

Looking for opinions on keeping the bike in gear at lights or putting it in neutral. I took the BRC2 course a little while ago and one of the instructors mentioned that he likes to keep it in gear in case he has to move quick. My thinking is using neutral to save the clutch some wear. I can think of a few other cons to keeping it in gear but it's not really conclusive to me one way or the other.
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If you put it in neutral you are actuating the clutch twice, while if you leave it in gear you are holding the clutch in a disengaged state, not changing anything. The fact there is no drive means that the plates are not rubbing, so no wear. Even if there was, the difference between 100k miles on a clutch instead of 105k before needing to replace the springs and/or plates (not a hard job) and you being sandwiched between two cars because you couldn't get out of the way in time because you were in neutral ... is that such a hard call?

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In gear, right foot on brake. Clutch does not wear.
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I'm a Rider Coach and that is what I recommend as well. I know of no significant cons. I do not believe that wearing out a clutch is likely. If I need to execute my escape plan fiddling with anything else is time I may not have. I may put it in neutral once traffic around me has stopped if I need my left hand for something but this is seldom the case. In fact, I hardly ever use neutral for anything. Lubing the chain, changing the rear tire, rolling the bike up a incline just about do it for me.


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Thanks for the input. It looks like a consensus is forming. I had been out of motorcycling for a while but back in the day, the clutch wear issue was the throw out bearing, not the clutch plates. I guess that isn't a concern anymore. The only real con is your left hand doesn't get a break but I'll rethink this. We all know about the morons out there and if it could save my butt, then there's no question, but I still wonder about the odds that it ever would.
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When stopped at a light I always keep my bike in gear, my bike in a position to drive past the person in front of me, and my eyes frequently in the mirror.

It has saved me from being rear ended more than once. While in my car I've been hit at a stop light/toll booth 5 times. Every time I saw it coming.

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The only time I put it into neutral is when I am at a set of lights where I know the sequence, and the traffic is already stopped behind me, so I have less danger of being rear ended. I do this occasionally to give my hand a rest in the city when I always seem to be at lights and get fed up with holding the clutch.

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I leave it in gear, unless I pull up to a light that just turned red and there is a car behind me. Otherwise, if I am behind someone, I point the bike towards the right lane and leave it in gear, just in case I have to get out of the way.

As for wear and tear...I doubt it makes enough of a difference to worry about.
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Neutral if it is a long light. And work the hyperlights

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