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Question: What is your opinion, wheelie? (multiple votes allowed)
Wheelies are bad for "motorcylists public image" - 52 (12.6%)
Wheelies are bad ass. - 50 (12.1%)
Wheelies are justifiably illegal and bad form. - 26 (6.3%)
My bike wheelies on its own, regularly. - 35 (8.5%)
My bike is incapable of wheelies (or maybe its me). - 29 (7%)
I did it once and still have stains in my shorts. - 16 (3.9%)
I wheelie most days. - 14 (3.4%)
I throttle over road humps/drops to loft the wheel (gravity assist). - 38 (9.2%)
I wish I knew how... - 39 (9.4%)
I have been ticketed for wheelies. - 9 (2.2%)
I wheelie at speed on the highway.  I'm also a squid. - 2 (0.5%)
I can perform wheelies but choose not to do it. - 34 (8.2%)
Wheelies are for idiots. - 22 (5.3%)
I have wrecked as a result of a wheelie. - 8 (1.9%)
I only wheelie dirt bikes. - 25 (6.1%)
I like to perform wheelies when riding with my buddies. - 13 (3.1%)
I will post a picture of my wheelie prowess. - 1 (0.2%)
Total Voters: 177

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« on: July 23, 2013, 08:26:46 am »

Time to confess!
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2013, 09:08:45 am »

All the time on the mountain bike.  Not yet, and probably never, on the Airhead.
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2013, 09:16:44 am »

You're missing an option;  Properly done Wheelies are an exemplary expression of a mans connection with and control of the motorcycle.

I've wheelied the vast majority of the bikes I've owned and probably tried to on all of them.
But I don't do it all the time.
I don't do them on the K1200RS since I got the Ninja 650.  The k12 is a cow (her name is Kuhchen; kuh is german for cow) and comes down hard.

I learned how to do intentional, semi-controlled wheelies on a KZ750.  I put a small fairing on it for a while (my slide into sport-touring).  When I took the fairing off, the front end came up during hard accelleration.

Then I got a GPz750.  A shortcut near my house at the time was thru a drive-thru car wash with speed bumps.  I would gas it as the front wheel hit a speed bump.  Then I gave just a bit more gas as the rear wheel went over to spin the rear wheel on the wet pavement with the front wheel in the air.  Dunno if it looked cool, but I felt like the bike and I were doing gravity defying magic.

I bought a beat-up 175 enduro to teach my wife to ride many yrs ago.  That bike was sooo easy to wheelie.  I took it to a park / recreation area to see how it rode ‘off road’.  I hit a bump at about 35 and landed on the rear wheel.  I rode it on the rear for 30-50 feet.  People clapped!!  I didn’t even try to do it again.

I got stuck in traffic the other day on the Ninja 650 – we’d gain some speed, loose speed.  Over and over.  I was bored and behind a ‘tuner’ car w/ a fart can that was annoying when he sped up, so I started lifting the front wheel just a bit ea time we sped up.  After crawling a bit, I lifted the front wheel in a proper wheelie, just up and down.  The tuner pulled aside and gave me the thumbs up as I passed him.

I don't know how to do a 'high speed' wheelie.   I shoulda learned how to do that when I had the 955 Sprint RS...
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2013, 09:20:00 am »

The front wheel of the 990 only comes off the ground off pavement, it's pretty heavy and doesn't wheelie as easy as one would think. The CBR does a nice power wheelie (6-12" off the ground) a couple times everytime I ride it. I haven't done a good old fashion balance point wheelie for years. I was never really good at it and I'm sure I really suck at it now Rolleyes
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2013, 09:40:11 am »

Never done it, don't want to learn. I know that once I have learned, I will spend most of my time in the one wheeled position.
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2013, 10:42:28 am »

I can wheelie a dirt bike but I'm not really good at it.  About 10% of my attempts end up with me on the ground and the bike stuck in a tree or something.  That kind of hurts and its tough on the paint.  I imagine it's worse on a road bike.
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2013, 10:52:30 am »

I don't think the ninja 250 is capable, especially since I geared it down to reduce the highway rpms.  Lol
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2013, 10:53:11 am »

I have to admit there is nothing better than the feeling of a bike balanced on the rear wheel, unfortunately I can only do it by accident Rolleyes
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2013, 10:55:56 am »

The C-10 would but the results and wear and tear on the fork seals were not worth it.


The ST however seems to have a mind of its own....


Nothing like a WOT launch with the wife on the back.....front tire in the air and traffic fastly approaching to wake you up on a cool fall morning!
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2013, 11:42:03 am »


I don't think the ninja 250 is capable, especially since I geared it down up to reduce the highway rpms.  Lol


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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2013, 11:42:39 am »

When I learned to ride street bikes at 17 years old on a CBR600, yes, I clutched up wheelies.  When I was getting back into riding heavily about 8 years ago or so, I relearned on a Honda Shadow 700.  No wheelies on that bike, but it was quickly replaced with an FZ1, which I did not realize basically had R1 power.

I picked it up in Indianapolis, and was riding back to Chicago.  At a toll booth, I decided to test acceleration 0-60.  Front wheel came up pretty quick, scared the shit out of me, shifted into 2nd, brought the wheel slowly down, looked at the speedometer and was shocked to see I was going 120.  Power wheelies of 3-4" happened often.

I wheelied the 675 a few times on the track, again, not intentionally, and the Tuono, well, it has a mind of its own.  Bigok Bigok Bigok  Sometimes, little hops.  Sometimes the Sprint wheelies, but only on very rare occasions.  Note, it is not me...it's the bike...I swear  Cool

But I don't do the long, carry the wheelie on the rear wheel with my foot hovering over the rear brake - those always seemed foolish.

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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2013, 01:11:11 pm »

I wheelie under acceleration quite frequently, but they're just little ground-skimmers.  SOmetimes I get the front off the ground exiting turns, and that's a blast.  I like lofting the front over rises, too.

I don't do big, ostentatious wheelies where cagers can see.
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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2013, 01:47:06 pm »

I've had a couple of the little power ones; usually I'm too slow on the throttle and -- even on the big bikes -- it's just a tiny short skimmer.

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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2013, 01:49:49 pm »

Yes I wheelie. But only in my closet.
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2013, 01:57:54 pm »

I am unfamiliar with this phenomenon of which you speak.  Tell me more.  
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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2013, 02:05:29 pm »

<<--Capable of hoisting short wheelies on the XR400 (working at getting better at it), but too scared to really try on the Daytona 675.  In my opinion, wheelies have their time and place, even on the street, and I could hoist one at will.  
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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2013, 03:49:19 pm »


Never done it, don't want to learn. I know that once I have learned, I will spend most of my time in the one wheeled position.


Other than the occasional gravity assisted wheelie from time to time,  Withstupid 100%

I was working on learning to wheelie on the 530EXC before I sold it.  But, I didn't get enough practice.
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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2013, 03:51:17 pm »


I am unfamiliar with this phenomenon of which you speak.  Tell me more.  


I have followed you before and call 100% BS on this comment.   Lol
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« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2013, 06:10:46 pm »

A wheelie on the FJR would set off seismographs all up and down the West Coast, resulting in mass evacuations from the major cities.

I'll pass.
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« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2013, 07:12:13 pm »

My XT600E could pull stonkin' multi-block long wheelies. I know cuz I watched the dude I bought it from do it.  Embarassment

Me? I'm good for crossing the intersection but it doesn't really interest me.

Of course, when I was 17 and rode an RD400, well you just had to. Especially if every other rider at school rode a CB400/550/750 or KZ650/900 (one bastard had a brand new Z1-R) and they were parked with girls around and I happened to ride past. W00T!

I used my RZ350 racebike to learn how to pull pavement skimmers, which is what you need when the green flag drops. It's something I still enjoy on the B12S. That perfect co-ordination of throttle, clutch and forward body lean combined makes for a good fun.

Now road enhanced wheelies and jumps? Shhhhh, this is not a secret but it is. About 8 miles south of Stinson Beach on HWY 1, when you're northbound and climbing out of a gully embedded hairpin and have it pinned there's a natural hump in the road. You can make it your own Ballaugh Bridge and what makes it dead sexy is having to cross the double yellow! (Don't worry, it's not a blind turn or anything. The HWY is double yellow for miles. No, not our miles. Silly). Any old bike can do it. Just evenly weight the pegs, gently lift your arse up and have the thing pointed somewhat straight and Shazaaam! You're the Maun!

Oh, I forgot to add that a proper wheelie, done at the right time can be totally badass and gnarly and stuff.
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