KM good post. From what I learned at the riding courses I took was that you always want to use all 4 fingers up there and leave your hand off the brake while riding. If you see a situation coming up you get your fingers up there ready to pull on some brake. Just saying what the beginners, advanced, and ride like a pro course have said. I suggest everybody take a motorcycle course, not only does it help with points on the license, it counts as a defensive driving course and will reduce most insurance rates (at least in NJ it does). I took my first course before I bought the bike, the advanced course at about 8,000 miles. The ride like a pro course at 45000 miles. Now have 51K and no accidents with bike (other then getting rear ended, was in the process of getting to the shoulder, I was not quick enough). But I knock on wood, I also do not blame my lack of accidents on luck alone.
Oh yeah, those milege numbers are just on this bike, I have about 10k on a 71 honda CB550 - that bike was tricky, I learned on that and am convinced I can ride almost anything (have got to try those suicide shifters). The clutch did not work on that bike at one point, it would stall if you are not feathering the throttle, back tire would loose air and get squirrely when taking off - she was a charm.
Courses are great - I suggest um to everybody.
Last edited by Mercury; 03-09-2013 at 10:26 AM.