Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Double d-ring system
I hate to say it too, but you may be one of VERY few people that don't have this down.
I'm looking at your 2nd post about being distracted. That's a big part of the issue right there, believe it or not. How many times, in 34 years of riding have I been distracted while either prepping for a ride, or getting off my bike (no, I've never forgotten to put the side stand down !!)
But here's the thing. And you, as a long time rider should have this down by now. Get yourself into a pattern or ritual with how you "get set " to go. For example, if I'm leaving somewhere and talking with someone, sooner or later (depending on cute she is !!), I'm going to have to put my earplugs in and tune out what he/she is saying. I also have two Velcro straps on EACH glove. I also have a side stand to retract before I roll away.
But hey, the bike won't let me get very far with the stand down and in 1st gear !
Your bike does the thinking there.
This is where you have to do the thinking.
So if you think about your helmet, and the purpose it serves, you may want to pay especially close attention to this aspect of "gearing up". It's so easy to miss something, but you have to not be casual about these things and focus on the tasks
at hand. Speaking of hands, a loose Velcro strap is easy to manage once underway, but don't get in the habit.
Hell, I even pat my pockets (all those wonderful zips and buttons on BMW jackets) just to make sure nothing is hanging out, or undone.
So my point is not so much about the double d-ring, but about how you prepare.
I know you're top notch with all the mechanical stuff, now you need to apply that attention to detail with your safety gear.
[Can you tell I used to teach riding ?]
Hope some of this helps.