I agree with your strategy Shadow. From a "threat/risk" assesment point of view, if I find myself at the front of the traffic line at a stop, I get on it and put as much distance between my rear and the vehicle behind me that I can safely manage. Far too often I have witnessed drivers engage in distractive behavior while being bored at a stops (phones, makeup, hair, music, etc.). I witnessed a rear ender the other day where a car accelerated across an intersection and then had to lock it up to avoid hitting a pedestrian who decided to make a dash-crossing against the light. From my vantage point I concluded the car that was behind the first vehicle had plenty of time to stop and avoid rear ending, but they were looking down (probably phone messages). There is also a greater probablity of panic lane changing by agressive drivers at those times. I like to position myself, if possible, to let all that stuff happen behind me. Generally speaking, I can't see where ridgid "shift rules" make much sense. The area that I live and ride in is the northern terminus of the Allegheny mountain range. Consquently the terrain is predominately hills, valleys, and twisties. Great fun to ride, but the majority of stops and starts are either inclines or decents. So for me, Flight's admonition that lugging the engine is a greater concern than exceeding red lines. I'm almost 70 years old so I trust my experience and intuition when it comes to shift points. But for those who don't, I can understand why they would want the guidance of tachometer or speedometer readings. However, I honestly don't think that relying on those guidelines will serve the rider well in all possible situations.
1986 Honda Rebel 250cc