I think I saw a post where some members said they start out in second but I couldn't find it using the search function here. While taking off from a light in first it seems like by the time I get into second the Friday rush hour aggressive drivers are about to run me over. I went out yesterday on some quiet roads and tried taking off in second with good results. Easier to smoothly take off and shift up thru gears. didn't seem to affect the bike at all so thinking of doing this most of the time from now on. Are there any reason not to? The clutch seemed to have no problem, I was riding solo though.