In my many years of riding a motorcycle, I tried to be careful about leaving the bike in gear when stopped at a light, just in case I needed to quickly get out of the way. But of course, like a lot of us, I found myself frequently taking the bike out of gear so I can give my hand a rest. If I saw something coming from my rear I would need the extra second or two to put the bike in gear and get out of the way. One of the many things I enjoy about my scoot is the knowledge that I can take off at an instant.
I had flashing brake lights on my motorcycles, but have yet to install them on my scoot. Something I hope to get done in the next few weeks. They not only are an advantage when stopping, but I also used them on and off while stopped at a light with traffic behind me.
Even with all these precautions, I still got rear ended at a stop sign just months before I gave up my cycle for my Burgman. I was fortunate in that it amounted to nothing more than a moderate fender bender. Gagers... in my case a big Escalde, just have difficulty "seeing" us..
"S__t Happens....!" So I take all the reasonable precautions and say a little prayer before turning my throttle.
2015 Burgman 650