From what I gleaned via the rider coaches that responded, the basic drill is both feet are placed initially and eventually it progresses to a left foot down first/optional keep the right on the peg. So it isn't an exclusive "tripod or fail" affair.I'm going to have to look up some of the discussions over at BeginnerBikers.org now. I know it's been mentioned by more than one rider coach there.
Shack, the exception is when carrying a passenger. Then it's more convenient/safer to put both feet down simply because passengers squirm around, and you don't have any control over their small movements that will upset near perfect balance and have you doing a little dance to stay upright. Otherwise the normal stopped position should be with the rear brake set, bike in first and ready to go. As to failing someone over that, it's not part of the test, but it's taught and expected during the course.From what I gleaned via the rider coaches that responded, the basic drill is both feet are placed initially and eventually it progresses to a left foot down first/optional keep the right on the peg. So it isn't an exclusive "tripod or fail" affair.
When I learned to ride, way back in the 80's, it was both feet down, solid. And I admit to some duck-walking myself, especially when I am in heavy traffic.Everyone who has taken BRC knows that the "ready to ride" position is defined as stopped on the motorcycle in the riding position with the right foot on the brake pedal and the left foot down holding up the bike. This allows for holding the bike with the rear brake while stopped.
Lots of people have difficulty trying to stop with the left foot down every time. It seems that as the speed bleeds off, it becomes more of a random chance as to which foot is going to have to go down to hold the bike up.
An easy solution is to start a normal left turn, just as the bike is stopping. This is guaranteed to put the bike over to the left side .