You CAN start a manual in any gear. Just hold clutch pedal down.
Your Mechanic is Dumb. If you really want to split hairs, you Can even in 1st or R., It will probably immediately stall, or start moving.
Only an Automatic, With the lockout switches working, won't start in
"R". But Will in "P", Or , in "N". If switches broken/out of adjustment, Maybe in "R".
My Harley will start in gear, no clutch/gearbox/jiffy stand lockout. HD expects you to Know what you are doing. Not hold your hand like a Metric with all the safeties. Less to Go Wrong, too., Each safety switch also requires a switching diode--that is 6 ways to fail.
I agree; if this is the "dumbest" you do while driving, you are still a Quantum Leap above 66% of the cagers out there.
· 3 weeks ago