Re: Do I have to use pedals?
Sorry, but if you're saying slipping the clutch to go from a dead stop doesn't cause more wear than pedal assisting up to a reasonable speed, you are absolutely wrong. I too have never had to replace clutch pads and I don't pedal start from a rolling stop. I'm light enough that my engines can pull me okay. But, from a dead stop I always give the clutch a little help and get the bike rolling before completely releasing the clutch.
We're both on the lighter side of the scale and in a minority as far as rider weight is concerned. The heavier riders WILL experience more clutch wear if they try to ride their bikes like motorcycles.
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