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Old 11-06-2014, 07:52 PM   #1
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Anyone else try this? (stoplight w/o feet down)

I was on a roll, so many times over the year’s creping to a light, controlling my speed, slowly approaching and then bam the light turns green and I never put a foot down.
For some reason this just became habit, a fun game I would play and win most the time.

Today I lost not only the light but my pride. There I was going ever so slowly, just one more second I can do it. NOT. Picked up my bike (no damage). Balance..such a finicky thing.

I won the next one though :)
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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Yep, that's what happens when you play games instead of just trying to ride well.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:01 PM   #3
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no touch

in some states the local leo will ticket you for an "improper stop", whatever that is? knew someone who was "tagged" by an officer friendly for that very charge.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:03 PM   #4
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i can do trackstands on my bicycle , and it had occurred to me how cool it would be to pull the same move on a motorcycle .

as it is though , i just try and time the light and keep the bike rolling ever so slowly for as long as i can before putting a foot down .

think i'll practice the trackstand and get it dialled before i try it in traffic .
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:46 PM   #5
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I just consider it to be a form of trials practice.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:48 PM   #6
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I try it often, but never last more than 5 to 10 seconds. Much like sex!
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:15 PM   #7
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All the time

The law says that you have to come to a complete stop . . .
But it does not say for how long.
I figure a second or so fulfills the letter of the law.

It also helps if you're running a squared rear tire at that time.



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Old 11-06-2014, 09:22 PM   #8
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I play that game at stop signs. I try to come in balanced enough to come to a complete stop and take off again without putting my feet down. If I can get enough fork compression as I stop, I can actually start the bike rolling backward - which is proof positive that I stopped!
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:11 PM   #9
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Yep, that's what happens when you play games instead of just trying to ride well.
Ouch.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:52 PM   #10
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The law says that you have to come to a complete stop . . .
Only for stop signs. Not for traffic lights.
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Old 11-07-2014, 04:00 AM   #11
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Love trying it every time I can. It's always best to practice the slow speed stuff whenever you have a chance.
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Old 11-07-2014, 04:27 AM   #12
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I try to stop at both stop signs and lights without putting my feet down when possible. Always keep an eye out for the LEO though as I've heard the same stories of people getting tickets for not stopping because they didn't put their foot down.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:05 AM   #13
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I try it often, but never last more than 5 to 10 seconds. Much like sex!

If you can't get it done in 5-10 seconds then you are doing something wrong in my book LOL.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:06 AM   #14
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Yep, that's what happens when you play games instead of just trying to ride well.
I would argue this "game" is an exercise that actually improves balance, and therefore skill.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:21 AM   #15
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I would argue this "game" is an exercise that actually improves balance, and therefore skill.
Yup, it improves balance and skill. May not improve you skills on a race track but for parking lot riding and other little parking maneuvers, it helps a lot. I have a trials bike and I can track stand on the trials bike forever. On the DR, I can track stand for a little while. One trick is to increase the motor rpm a bit, it helps maintain balance (I don't know if that is true on a boxer motor). Standing helps. Becareful when you have to put your foot down quickly, my pants go over my boot and I have caught my pant leg on the foot peg and almost dropped the bike.
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