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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%)
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« on: July 23, 2013, 08:26:46 am »

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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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« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2013, 07:34:45 pm »

I thought my power wheelie in third somewhere near or over triple digits was pretty impressive.  Well, for me anyways.  I'm old and slow.  
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« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2013, 11:57:20 pm »

When I first got the FZ-1 it took a while to learn to keep the front down.  Bigsmile
I only wheelie on dirt, and not often.
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« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2013, 03:49:14 pm »

I did manage to loft the front wheel on the Wee once - only once & never again - it wasn't a true wheelie, just a fast launch.  Most unfortunately, it was right of an unmarked car traveling in the opposite direction.  As I told the officer when he pulled me over, "This is a Wee-Strom.  You know why they call it a Wee, don't you.  It might be hard to convince a judge that you saw me pull a wheelie on a 650 twin."  I swear this is a true story, And he let me go.  No ticket, no warning, just a lecture about the inherent wisdom in showing some respect for traffic safety laws.

All that being said...


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Wish I could pull one when I wanted.   Like when there waz some cute chicks watchin' Wink
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« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2013, 12:33:56 pm »

I wish I knew how... on purpose that is!
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« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2013, 11:00:59 am »

The 9 power wheelies on it's own quite easily although I don't care for it unless I'm exiting a corner, then it's fun. Full throttle in first would loop it but rolling it on will lift it and carry the front tire through 2nd and well into 3rd.

The V65 will lift it easily but I don't, too hard to control something that big and it can't be replaced.
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« Reply #25 on: October 07, 2013, 08:38:35 am »

I only wheelie when Ed is around or not round or every time I pull out the drive way, or out of corners or when the wife is on the back or on days ending in y.  Hell I hate riding a bike that will not do a wheelie.
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« Reply #26 on: October 15, 2013, 08:47:39 pm »

1st gear is impossible to keep the front down @ anything past 1/2 throttle on the Superhawk, even if I lay up on the tank. 2nd is almost as spirited, which makes for long, frequent power wheelies.  Bigok Ya only live once right!!
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« Reply #27 on: October 15, 2013, 10:06:08 pm »

My z1 loves them, drift the back tire leaving my street 10' later she's airborne.then I have a lot of hills you can wheelie over too. Not a fan of letting cars see me though I wait for them too pass before I do, unless I'm going over a hill then it's kinda late to worry besides I'm doing 90 plus anyway.
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« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2013, 10:35:37 pm »


My past bikes all wheelied at will. I had the Strom neutered. Lol
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« Reply #29 on: October 19, 2013, 01:41:51 pm »

Very rarely by choice.  My Futura wheelied often at unexpected moments.  I miss that ride.
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« Reply #30 on: October 19, 2013, 05:01:54 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.


True. But it's more than capable.

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« Reply #31 on: October 19, 2013, 05:18:17 pm »

My confession is I suck at wheelies.

I pull a small power wheelie now and then but never get to the balance point.  And yes I have landed on my butt a couple of times pulling bigger wheelies on dirt bikes. Embarassment
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My confession is I suck at wheelies.

I pull a small power wheelie now and then but never get to the balance point.  And yes I have landed on my butt a couple of times pulling bigger wheelies on dirt bikes. Embarassment


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« Reply #33 on: October 25, 2013, 11:40:17 pm »


Very rarely by choice.  My Futura wheelied often at unexpected moments.  I miss that ride.



You know who has one for sale.  
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You know who has one for sale.  


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« Reply #35 on: December 30, 2013, 01:15:40 pm »

I think wheelies are irresponsible and dangerous.

That said......

My bike makes wheelies way too tempting. They are never huge stand ups and I don't ride them for miles but it is so fun to rip the front wheel up a bit under hard acceleration out of a corner.
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« Reply #36 on: February 16, 2014, 10:17:16 pm »

Power wheeling on my Kawasaki C14 and shifting into 2nd with front wheel high in the air put's a ear to ear grin on my face Smile Bigok
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« Reply #37 on: February 17, 2014, 12:37:05 pm »


Power wheeling on my Kawasaki C14 and shifting into 2nd with front wheel high in the air put's a ear to ear grin on my face Smile Bigok


This is my favorite thing to do with my c14.
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« Reply #38 on: February 17, 2014, 01:59:46 pm »

I wheelie dirt bikes all the time. No big deal.
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« Reply #39 on: February 28, 2014, 06:55:44 pm »

Having ridden a Speed Triple for 4 years and now a Tuono, well, let's just say it's just part of the experience if ya ride even a wee bit aggresive........ like it or not. ( kinda liked it , though)

However, I ain't never been a particularly good at whoolies Sad...... even as a kid on my beloved gold Schwinn Stingray
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« Reply #40 on: March 01, 2014, 06:17:22 pm »

I only wheelie on exiting corners all cranked and banked, unnerving sometimes but with my mad skillz and the BMW's superior engineering it's hard not to....
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« Reply #41 on: March 02, 2014, 09:03:52 am »


I only wheelie on exiting corners all cranked and banked, unnerving sometimes but with my mad skillz and the BMW's superior engineering it's hard not to....


I also love wheelies when exiting corners with my c14.  
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« Reply #42 on: August 02, 2014, 01:58:59 pm »

wheelie are awesome, but should be done in the right surroundings i.e. not in built up housing area's or near schools etc
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« Reply #43 on: August 02, 2014, 04:50:18 pm »

I ride a z1000. Even with a -2 rear sprocket, it likes to hang the front wheel.  Bigok
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« Reply #44 on: August 04, 2014, 01:09:12 pm »

My Tuono got excited on Friday night, like a dog that wouldn't stop jumping up on new visitors...  I love that bike.

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« Reply #45 on: August 05, 2014, 11:13:42 am »

Lousy Hooligans!

When I moved here two years ago from 5,000 ft elevation I was very interested to ride the bikes at sea level. WOW!! Talk about having to recalibrate throttle control. FJR pulls right up and the ZX14 is a monster! No clutch work necessary here.  Smile
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« Reply #46 on: August 05, 2014, 12:48:07 pm »

I never wheelie.  

(at least not on purposes)  Lol
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« Reply #47 on: August 05, 2014, 01:27:46 pm »


wheelie are awesome, but should be done in the right surroundings i.e. not in built up housing area's or near schools etc


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« Reply #48 on: November 02, 2014, 01:32:53 pm »

I had my V Strom 1000 geared low,  that could get right up to the balance point without the clutch in 1st.
Must of looked funny to have something with 3 bags on it with the front wheel that high.
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« Reply #49 on: November 28, 2014, 11:56:24 pm »

https://autos.yahoo.com/news/thankful-wheelies-thanksgiving-150040219.html
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« Reply #50 on: November 29, 2014, 12:24:13 am »


Lousy Hooligans!

When I moved here two years ago from 5,000 ft elevation I was very interested to ride the bikes at sea level. WOW!! Talk about having to recalibrate throttle control. FJR pulls right up and the ZX14 is a monster! No clutch work necessary here.  Smile



Victorville is at almost 3,000 feet.  It can't have made that much difference.  
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« Reply #51 on: December 02, 2014, 10:01:56 pm »

I have a couple of best friends and relatives down in the LA area. Sea level in other words. The ZX14 is a smile maker when getting on the freeway. At 5,000 feet it would come up in the top of first but at sea level it comes up without getting near the "powerband". On mid range only.

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« Reply #52 on: January 13, 2015, 09:38:06 pm »

You can't own a dual-sport and not do wheelies.  Cool

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« Reply #53 on: January 13, 2015, 09:50:46 pm »

Thought for sure the guy was going to hit him.
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« Reply #54 on: January 14, 2015, 04:09:29 pm »


Thought for sure the guy was going to hit him.


Ha, that was me. Wife (ladyninja) on the camera. She didn't even flinch.

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