Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: coogee beach australia
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stop-start will use more petrol..
i use first gear for starting from a stop
or in an almost stopped situation..
once moving even slowly you should be
able to use second as low gear..
if someone wants to drag race [etc]
its full throttle, drop clutch, whereas
low speed riding uses low throttle openings
together with clutch to smooth out delivery
of power into drivetrain..
with broken traffic and stop start movement
best [imo] for motorcyclists to consider
themselves independent moving units,
withing the traffic.. eg, think of filtering,
whereby cars stop and inch forward etc,
within road car size road spaces..
wheras we continue in the bike space..
driver brains are conditioned to leave spaces
between their and other cars, incl both ways..
thus our space between them incl overtaking..
in slow moving and/or stopped lines of cars
overtaking can mean slowly drifting past
them, one at a time or as necessary..
cars bumper to bumper are trapped in their space
thus cant turn out even if they want to..
ie, its an element of safety for us..
just as racers learn and adapt to courses
so we should respond to varying condions
with appropriate strategies/riding skills..
smooth use of throttle and clutch etc
are always relevant..
one excellent practice for traffic etc
is very slow riding, feet on pegs..
riders can do specific practice sessions
which will extend into road riding..
6mth graph seems more rider adaptation
than ongoing systematic change etc..