OK, getting straight to it: [In the carport] The past few mornings i've had a bit of trouble getting the virago into neutral. I know that's not very serious but I can't even shift up into 1st/2nd let alone get it into neutral! The clutch foot thingi didnt go up or down at all. The clutch was fully disengaged. Are these the early symptoms of a slipping clutch? Also, today when I launched off from some traffic lights, I was in first and kicked it up into second, then came a clacking sound as if I was changing gears really roughly and my revs died and went beserk. All this happened in about 1 second. After that, all my other launches were ok.. I was also leaning to the right at the time..(if that helps) What the hell happened?! [In traffic] Usually, if the ground is level where i've stopped at, i'll kick it into neutral and do the occasional stretch or wrist circle. Is this a safe practise? I've heard that taking your hands of the handlebars let alone leaving the bike in neutral is dangerous. Is that right? In an emergency stop, do I use both brakes? My rear wheel has this tendancy to lock up real quickly if I squeeze too hard.. I recently got a new rear tyre (which has already been broken in) and they are drum brakes.