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I've been told by one guy I ride with that I must put my bike into neutral when at stoplights because remaining in 1st with the clutch disengaged will cause excessive wear and dramatically reduce clutch life. Doesn't necessarily make sense to me. Any thoughts?

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I don't know about "dramatic" wear, but it will cause some wear. Just the fact that the clutch has to keep first gear engaged will wear it down, but not a huge amount. So if your gonna be at the light a long time, maybe pop up into neutral, but if not, then just keep it in first. :D
 

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That's not necessarily true, though it will cause more clutch wear than putting the bike in neutral at every stop. Sounds like he's overrating it a bit. Personally I'll keep the bike in gear - you never know when you'll have to dodge a cager tearing up behind you.
 

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I usually leave it in gear until my hand gets tired and/or there is a few cars stacked up behind me (to absorb an potential rear enders), then I toss it in neutral.

Here is an interesting fact. There is a super brief one line comment in Arizona law (and many other states from what I understand) stating that it is illegal to place any vehicle in neutral on a public roadway except in emergency situations. I have never heard of anyone getting in trouble for it, and I doubt any cops have even heard of it.

It also speficially says in Arizona law that it is illegal to operate a motorcycle in neutral on a downhill. Lets hope the Yarnell cops don't figure that out, Cause I want a rematch, Robert. :)
 

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I usually leave it in gear until my hand gets tired and/or there is a few cars stacked up behind me (to absorb an potential rear enders), then I toss it in neutral.

Here is an interesting fact. There is a super brief one line comment in Arizona law (and many other states from what I understand) stating that it is illegal to place any vehicle in neutral on a public roadway except in emergency situations. I have never heard of anyone getting in trouble for it, and I doubt any cops have even heard of it.

It also speficially says in Arizona law that it is illegal to operate a motorcycle in neutral on a downhill. Lets hope the Yarnell cops don't figure that out, Cause I want a rematch, Robert. :)
I think that's actually true now that you mention it, I heard a rumor once about a kid failing his driver's test for putting his cage in neutral at a stoplight.
 

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Fifty-six yrs of riding m/cs & I always put my bike into neutral when I come to a red light or a Stop sign where I know I am going to be held up for a few 5+ seconds due to traffic.
 

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I have a '99 R1 that both clutches lasted a little over 45,000 miles a piece and I never shift out of gear at a stop light. The only time my bike is in neutral is when I am oiling the chain.
 

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I have a '99 R1 that both clutches lasted a little over 45,000 miles a piece and I never shift out of gear at a stop light. The only time my bike is in neutral is when I am oiling the chain.

Do you think oiling the chain will make it flexible? Mine is like rebar. :D
 

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I am not sure about the equivalent part on a bike, but a car clutch system has a throw out bearing that will wear out way faster if you fail to put the transmission in neutral when standing at a light, etc. The clutch does not wear out any faster, however. But if the throw out bearing goes, you cannot work the clutch. Bingo.
 

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Thanks for all the posts. Going forward I'll look to go to Neutral when its obvious I'm in for a wait, otherwise I prefer to remain in gear for that sudden to need to get away.

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