Originally Posted by ChetPunisher
^^^ Why not just shift into neutral and brake into the light? Then you don't have to balance the clutch.
Easy to do on an old 4-speed, where the shift gates are miles apart (hell, sometimes you can find neutral between any gear), but not as easy on a more modern tranny. On my tank-shift Evo chopper it was tricky to get it into neutral in time for the light, so I usually had to put my foot on the brake. On my Panhead jockey-shift bike I never have a hard time getting it into neutral (which is good, since I have no front brake, and on hills I need to use my right foot for the brake, so I can't afford to have my left on the clutch.