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 Post subject: How to Stop with Left foot Down Every Tme
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:08 pm 
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Everyone who has taken BRC knows that the "ready to ride" position is defined as stopped on the motorcycle in the riding position with the right foot on the brake pedal and the left foot down holding up the bike. This allows for holding the bike with the rear brake while stopped.
Lots of people have difficulty trying to stop with the left foot down every time. It seems that as the speed bleeds off, it becomes more of a random chance as to which foot is going to have to go down to hold the bike up.
An easy solution is to start a normal left turn, just as the bike is stopping. This is guaranteed to put the bike over to the left side.

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 Post subject: Re: How to Stop with Left foot Down Every Tme
PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:35 pm 
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I found a good incentive to be careful about which foot comes down first -- ride with a sprained right ankle. You'll learn REALLY FAST not to put your weight plus the bike on that right foot... ;-)

Actually, having the bike was a life-saver that week. For local around-town riding I didn't need the rear brake much, and driving my car (manual transmission for extra fun) was just too painful. I tied my cane to the back of the bike, wrapped my right ankle 'till it wouldn't bend, laced my boots tighter than usual, and went wherever I needed to. I'd been expecting to be stuck at home for a week, which would have sucked.

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I remember that page! I thought of that when I wasn't sure how long I was going to need the cane for, actually. It turned out that after four or five days I could walk without it, I just had to be careful. Driving was painful for about two weeks, though. I did try to think of a better way to attach it to the bike, but I didn't come up with anything cheap that I could use just for the short term. My favorite idea was using some pipe hangers to build something like a flag mount to put on the back of the bike. It would have looked absurd, but it would work!

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 Post subject: Re: How to Stop with Left foot Down Every Tme
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:09 pm 
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Duckster wrote:
Everyone who has taken BRC knows that the "ready to ride" position is defined as stopped on the motorcycle in the riding position with the right foot on the brake pedal and the left foot down holding up the bike. This allows for holding the bike with the rear brake while stopped.
Lots of people have difficulty trying to stop with the left foot down every time. It seems that as the speed bleeds off, it becomes more of a random chance as to which foot is going to have to go down to hold the bike up.
An easy solution is to start a normal left turn, just as the bike is stopping. This is guaranteed to put the bike over to the left side.



That's some pretty good advice to new riders. I will have to be honest here, I was a little confused at first when reading it.... I have been riding so long that it's just one of those things you don't even think about anymore..... So I am sitting here trying to picture what I do when I come to a stop, lol. Anyway, good post. :cycle:

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 Post subject: Re: How to Stop with Left foot Down Every Tme
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:46 pm 
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Its very simple really.. Usually the left lean at the stop is established almost unconsciously with no deliberate effort, but once in a while for whatever reason, I find myself having to steer the front wheel quite deliberately to the right as the bike travels the last foot or so before stopping.
OF course as soon as it's stopped and your left foot is coming down you can center the bars again.

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