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So. Here in Jersey I am often stuck on pretty annoying traffic situations, but the heavy uphill traffic definitely
takes the cake. The people in front of me kept stopping and creeping ahead giving me very little room to stop and go. Least to say it was a very embarrassing situation stalling around 4 times going up that uphill traffic route when people kept slamming their brakes in front of me. Just wanted to see if you guys had any good tips or advice when I am stuck in these situations.
 

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1. Leave yourself room in front, you shouldn't be within a car length of them if you are having trouble stopping.
2. Rev a bit more on starts and slip the clutch. It's a wet clutch, you won't break it as long as you aren't dumping it from redline.
3. Use your rear brake. On Hill starts, keep your foot on the brake until the bike starts moving forward. This keeps you from rolling back and may help with not stalling.
4. Filter. It's illegal, I've been pulled over and given careless driving tickets, but it's always an option. You should be comfortable on the bike first though. NJ lanes are not very wide and you are usually riding within inches of car mirrors on either side.
 

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1. Leave yourself room in front, you shouldn't be within a car length of them if you are having trouble stopping.
2. Rev a bit more on starts and slip the clutch. It's a wet clutch, you won't break it as long as you aren't dumping it from redline.
3. Use your rear brake. On Hill starts, keep your foot on the brake until the bike starts moving forward. This keeps you from rolling back and may help with not stalling.
4. Filter. It's illegal, I've been pulled over and given careless driving tickets, but it's always an option. You should be comfortable on the bike first though. NJ lanes are not very wide and you are usually riding within inches of car mirrors on either side.

Great. I think whats been bothering me is just giving myself enough room. I think I'll lets these cars get up ahead a bit further and ignore the angry drivers behind me. its been a good solid month since I started riding so I figure I still got some more to learn
 

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Like others said, a bit more revs and slippage in the friction point/zone. Wet clutch will be fine.






Or filter. :)
 

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Read traffic. Most people irrationally move at lights when nobody's going anywhere ... even at flat-out red lights. Never advance based on the car in front of you -- look at the whole line and look to see if the whole line has anywhere to go ... then look to see if the whole line actually goes. The advice about always leaving takeoff space is also good.
 

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Mastering stopping and going uphill is pretty much the only thing you need to do.

Take a free day or two searching for low traffic hills and do that. Everyone is different. It took me literally 5 minutes to master this skill. Took my girl over 2 months to get it down (every time she rode, we stopped by the same steep hill for her to practice on) but not master. She still gets stuck in her head stopping on an uphill to this day even after over a year of riding.
 
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