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dewdlebug 03-07-2009 10:13 AM

Unlearning Bad Habits
 
Actually, for now, it's one habit that's annoying me. Whenever I'm coming to a stop, it just feels instinctual to drop my right foot first, lean right - I'm not sure but I wonder if it's due to all of my years of road + mountain biking where I've always stopped that way and never noticed it until riding motorcycles. I'm not liking it as much since I'd rather hold onto the brake longer then drop and lean left instead.

Besides grinding out repetitive practice at a vacant parking lot to try and get used to going left instead of right, do you have any tips beyond that?

sarnali2 03-07-2009 10:25 AM

It really doesn't make that much difference which foot you drop. You should be using your front brake at that point anyway. Whichever foot you're comfortable with is the correct one and that may change with the particular situation you're in. A lot of us learned the on right side shift bikes which were common up until the mid 70's so you put the bike in neutral (because the clutch cables had a tendency to break) and drop your left foot.

Now modern bikes are left side shift so you drop your right foot.....there's no "right" answer, just whatever you're comfortable with.

mscuddy 03-07-2009 10:36 AM

I always dropped my left foot, becuase my right foot was on the clutch. That what you get when your first scoot had suicide shift...

The_AirHawk 03-07-2009 04:55 PM

Chop yer right foot off about the ankle, that'll take care of the "problem".

As the guys said, there's really no "right" foot to put down, but I put down my Left in order to keep my Right foot on the brake to hold the bike in place - though I use both brakes to stop.

pushrod 03-09-2009 06:31 AM

+1 on which foot is correct.

I don't recommend 'lean right', though. If you make a mistake and put your foot down in a spot with little to no grip, you might drop the bike.

You might want to practice 'slow ride' balancing whenever it is safe and practical when coming up to a stop. That builds confidence, and may break your tendency to put the right foot down first. Again, not that there is anything wrong with that...

seruzawa 03-09-2009 06:37 AM

I usually put both feet down. Just do what works for you. There's really no correct answer.

trenttheuncatchable 03-09-2009 09:07 AM

Interesting. I've always put my left foot down. That's for both road/mountain bikes and motorcycles. Good thing I didn't have to learn right-side shift bikes or I might be confused :) And I use both brakes when braking (it's good to stay in the habit so that you do it during an emergency brake maneuver), though obviously most of the pressure is on the front brake.

12er 03-09-2009 10:07 AM

I left footed it until I bought my BMW, now I right foot it. Dealer suggested keeping it in neutral at stops as it doesnt like to ride the throw out bearing longer than it has to. So one finger on the front brake and left toe ready to throw it in gear.

Dr_Sprocket 03-09-2009 04:39 PM

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Originally Posted by trenttheuncatchable (Post 206686)
Interesting. I've always put my left foot down. That's for both road/mountain bikes and motorcycles. Good thing I didn't have to learn right-side shift bikes or I might be confused :) And I use both brakes when braking (it's good to stay in the habit so that you do it during an emergency brake maneuver), though obviously most of the pressure is on the front brake.


Ditto. I learned to keep my right foot on the pedal for bicycling (clips & straps, and all that). Left foot down. I carried that over to motorcycling, except for long stoplights or traffic jams, where I'll put both feet down.

To answer your question, Dewdlebug, think to yourself everytime you come to a stop "LEFT!" (in your mind). If you do this, and yell at yourself (in your mind) every stop, you'll make a new habit.

Word association also works. Repeat the phrase "Red, Lead (Pb), Left". It'll work. (Red as in stop, lead as in drop anchor, left as in your left foot). Good luck, and let us know how it works!

olivia25 03-23-2009 02:58 AM

Hi
 
I always struggle with bad speed....:mad:

Enjoy......:)


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