Re: I've always wondered...
It better to keep you on your toes?!
well it works out good front brake on the left with the clutch on the left and rear brake on the right. Bicycles with hand brakes and no rear brake pedal motorcycles have the rear brake on a pedal anyway most do along with the shifter. Ride an old Harley sportster with the rear brake on the left side and the shifter on the right. On a panic stop if your not used to the bike mashing the shifter will not do any more than a very surprising down shift. Then again try riding a foot clutch bike( Hand shaker) that a difference tough when stopping on a hill and no front brake like on some custom choppers/ bobbers.
So we don't have it too bad. you can change it to fit your needs no rules say it has to be a certain way