for all the great input. I sincerely appreciate the replies and take all the criticism and responsibility for making the LT my choice for first bike. Your motives are genuinely appreciated and understood. I considered it very carefully and started a thread about
it on the old forum as one of my research points. I won't go into the logic for my decision because I could never defend it. It was a personal decision and I'll never get the forum in general to agree with it, and there wouldn't be any point in it anyway. I bought the bike from a private party and had it shipped to my local dealer. I'll start another thread and relate the experiences of the purchase, lot of lessons learned in there! The dealer really didn't play much of a role in me riding off with it.
I've been turning over each situation overnight.
I think the stall was due to me dragging the foot brake too much. A habit I felt myself doing throughout the day and was working to correct. The ground was level and the bike seemed to pick right up turning the bars into the drop, grabbing the rear handle and pushing up with my butt on the lower edge of the seat. It was also early in the day and I was fresh and pumped with adrenaline.
The other two can be traced to sloping ground. We have lots of situations here where the ground slopes perpendicular to the direction of travel. It is rather ironic, on the last drop I was concentrating, "Look straight ahead, firm complete stop, left foot down ..." WHAM! I should have been checking out the ground a lot more closely and aimed for the right foot, it was higher, very slightly, but enough to make a difference.
The situations all had minimal hazards to myself other than self inflicted strains trying to right the bike. Traffic was stopped or very slow and none of my drops had any forward motion in progress when I went over. My gear is an Aerostich Darrien jacket and pants, good hiking boots with the laces secured, Baehr Silencer II helmet, and gloves.
Regarding the highway and traffic. I felt VERY secure here. Once I was over 3MPH I was fine. I had to make several U turns and even a 270 out on my narrow street to put the bike in my garage. Maneuvering is fine.
The purpose of this thread is to look for a couple of inputs
1.) Expanded advice and recommendations for righting the bike in the situations above. A) Slightly sloped in the direction of the fall so your fighting more gravity than usual. and B) Falling against a curb and not physically being able to get under it.
2) Are there any modifications I could do to the bike temporarily that would provide some temporary wider margin of tolerance on the tip angle such as removing the top case? (Been answered very well so far I think.)
3.) Best types of practice I could do in order to quit inconveniencing the public with my learning curve.
Thank you all again,