May have already been touched on about clutching at stops.
I am probably one of the few if only ones here that donít do it. Why? I was unfortunate enough to have an equipment failure ( clutch cable broke in an area I could not see on inspection) bout 3 decades ago. Had I not been stopped a little short of the intersection, instead of lurching and dying BEFORE going into traffic, it would have lurched, and died (and me!) in traffic.
Probably not a popular opinion, but there it is.
I've also had a clutch cable break. I still generally do it until I have a "shield" behind me, then I might put the bike into neutral and relax the hand for a bit.
My concern isn't equipment failure but my hand giving out, eg if I've been doing a lot of clutch work for some reason that day and the arthritis is being a pain.
However, I believe you're more likely to be hit from behind then to have a failed clutch send you into traffic, and keeping the brakes on (esp the rear) would hopefully stop the bike before it gets too far if your cable/hydraulics were to fail
I have had a close call - stopped at a set of lights with my bike outside the line of the car in front (rather than parked behind them so I had somewhere to go). SUV driver behind me started reading his paper, not watching. His car wasn't stopped like he thought it was. I had to move or get stomped, so I did. Poor person in the car I passed had no where to go. The stupid twit SUV driver only looked up from his paper to wonder why his POS suddenly jerked. Real glad my only involvement was giving a witness statement, not a damage list!
- from the context I'm assuming
means the practice of having your bike in gear, clutch in, when you're stopped at intersections just in case you need to make a quick getaway (eg you see someone coming up behind you who has no chance of stopping).