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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by TeneRay, Mar 12, 2013.
I'm sorry, I thought you rode sidesaddle.
For the cage gas/brake thing:
Since I'm all automatic I of course brake with my left foot, cause it's faster, easier to handle (footle? ^^) and safer.
All in all my actions increase my life expectancy compared to many others - at least on the street. But independend of the recommended 1.8 seconds(!) just surviving isn't what one should be aimed at in life.
It would be stupid to stare at the brake lights of the vehicle in front of you. The more the closer it is. On the other hand if your "any other view" is not related to the street and your surrounding traffic, that's stupid as well. (I'm also no friend of using the GPS or speed signs to choose your speed.)
Yes sir I am aware of how most people heel and toe, but I also use my left foot for heavy braking situations when you need to match your rpm's to keep the wheels from wheel hopping.
Jesus Christ, I can't believe I sat here and read this entire thread!:huh
There's an hour of your life you won't get back!
Left foot braking = brake lights constantly on. I'm sure there's someone out there who doesn't, but everyone I know who left foot brakes leaves their foot there, eventually pushing the pedal down enough to trip the brake lights on. They are also the type who complain about how fast their car wears out the brake pads/shoes.
Had a lovely tailgater the other day. A most determined lady. No matter what I did, she'd invariably find her way behind me again and again. Oh, she might shoot on ahead, as far as a quarter mile. But she'd filter back again and return to my backside, trying to polish my licence plate with her bumper.
Most rally drivers brake left footed now that they've gone to sequential transmissions.
Me? Right foot only.
My college roommate did the left foot braking thing. IDK if it contributed to it, but he lost control on a patch of black ice and snapped his pelvis in half when he hit whatever it is he hit. My best guess is he'd stomped the brake pedal to the floor and was braced like that when he hit. I wasn't there...
Sloppy driving. Those are same ones who ride the clutch on a manual trans vehicle.
For a good many years, I ran emissions tests on a chassis dyno and had to two-foot to drive the schedule properly. I still drive that way, and have never had a problem with it. It reduces reaction time considerably.
That's what the people I know who left foot brake all say. Riding/driving behind them, I'd say different. Of course, they've never followed themselves and watched their brake lights constantly glowing.
That's them. Not me. You'd never notice those of us who are superbly co-ordinated and don't ride the brake. We appear to be ordinary one footed drivers.
What if you need to drive a stick someday
I do, regularly. And heel-and-toe as well. I also own motorcycles that shift on both sides using both standard and inverted shift patterns. And I once had an Indian with left hand throttle and right side hand shift.
Guess it just comes naturally.
Better than I can manage. I can't even ride a quad because of my bike experience.
Have a nephew than can play guitar hero with the guitar upside down. Flips it over mid-song and keeps on trucking.