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Anyone else having trouble bringing the front wheel off the ground in second gear? I can't believe I bought this 1000 and get do second gear wheelies without clutching it. Is it because of the centralization of mass or what? Let me know. I'm doing sit downs by the way not stand-ups.
 

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I just took the demo bike 4 a spin 2day. The front wheel was very firmly planted. When u gas it hard, the bike just takes off ! My 929 was very light, and it lifted all the time, but not so much because of power, it was just light at the front. The 1000 is a little heavier and seems to have its weight lower and more forward. The bike feels more stable as a result. I think that once u do get it up, the smoother power will make it an easier bike to control on one wheel than earlier models. It just has trouble getting it up - maybe some Viagra in the fuel would help ;)
 

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huntf4i said:
Anyone else having trouble bringing the front wheel off the ground in second gear? I can't believe I bought this 1000 and get do second gear wheelies without clutching it. Is it because of the centralization of mass or what? Let me know. I'm doing sit downs by the way not stand-ups.
i have always clutched it, by just habit, but i found that doing stand ups so far on the 1k, the tank feels big, was in 2nd and 3rd,did couple sit downs,felt pretty smoth, used to be able to wheelie my 954 till i got tired but not as comfortable on the 1k, yet.
but also i havent ridden street for over year and a half. just gotta get back into practice i guess
 

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Did you try bouncing the front before you open the throttle in 2nd?
I never wheelie in 1st anymore cause I'm not that great at changing gears. My TLS is ridiculous at wheelies I lift it in second by pushing down alittle on the front right before I open the throttle in 2nd. But the TLS is weight bias to the rear not like the RR. I let you know when I get mine :banghead: . Did you try it standing up?
 

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i DO NOT wheelie but the problem of "getting it up" may have to do with the longer swingarm and the overall design of the bike and being able to put the power down properly and being designed NOT to lift the front end? :scratch:
 

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Its designed as a race bike...high stability and great cornering. Thus its a pain in comparison to get the wheel off the ground.
 

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Yea this is not a "stunter" bike. This one is the real deal that is made to get the power to the ground. If you think of it, it's pretty amazing that with 150 hp it doesn't lift the front in the air with just hard throttle.
 

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I've noticed how hard it is to get this thing to lift the front. You have to be at 7k rpm for it to lift on just engine power. It scared the crap outa me and I'm not planning on doing it again until I get a second bike to practice on.
 

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Pa-leeeeese!

Here is how you do it.
Take her up to 70 in second gear. Chop the throttle off just long enough for the front to dip and then back wide open.

She'll stand right on up. Mine does it with no mods, and I weigh over 200lbs. Matter of fact, yesterday I rode one out in first, and it came right back up when I shifted into second and stayed there for about half of second gear. Keep in mind I was against the "backrest" when that happend.

Just remember. You kind of have to rock your weight forward and then back as you chop the gas on and off.
 

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huntf4i, It may help to hear this from me, trust me when I tell you that I am no stunter but I always wanted to be able to do at least a little wheelie when I felt the occasion called for it. Just three months ago I was just like you, I just couldn't see how the hell everyone could get that front wheel up and I wasn't able to. I read post after post and watched video after video and nothing. But now I can wheelie and I'll tell you exactly how I did it. First of all doing wheelies is a skill and requires practice. The sooner you realize that the sooner you'll be on your way. I had to find a place where I could just go up and down the street trying wheelies over and over again. I would say to myself "what happens if I put this much wrist into it" then turn around and go up the street the other way and say to myself "ok that got the wheel up 10 inches so what if I put a quarter turn more wrist" then turn around and go down the street the other way and so on and so on. (keeping the back brake covered at all times ofcourse) This is the way you learn how to wheelie without hurting yourself or wrecking your bike. It sounds long and boring but it took me just a couple of weeks and trust me it was exciting..... And now for the great secret the one thing that nobody ever tells you. Drumroll please . When you hear everyone talking about chopping the throttle to compress the forks then wacking it open, what they never say is that before doing this you need to get a more aggressive grip on the throttle, meaning put more of your hand over the top center point than you normally would so that when you wack it you give it way more power than you would with a normal grip. That my freind, is the true secret to doing a wheelie and I had to find it out on my own. I promise you if you use this approach you'll do wheelies by October
 

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" When you hear everyone talking about chopping the throttle to compress the forks then wacking it open, what they never say is that before doing this you need to get a more aggressive grip on the throttle, meaning put more of your hand over the top center point than you normally would so that when you wack it you give it way more power than you would with a normal grip. "


The other thing that helps is to be accellerating when you do it. That way more weight will be transmitted to the front suspension to compress it a little more.
 

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Ya and get your weight BACK. Don't lean over the tank. I started by pulling back on the bars and leaning back like it was a bicycle but hold on! If you go to pull on the bars and lean back while hitting the throttle with a loose grip....you will get a surprise. Please find a dead end road or some private lot to practice. Reckless or Careless driving tickets are no fun.
 

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Hey guyz, awesome info. I really liked what SDZ posted. Good vibes from most of you guyz too! As simple as it may be to most of you, it provides a lot of insight. :D

Sure my techniques need work, but that's part of the fun. I think the hand positioning on the throttle will probrably make the most difference in pulling this off. I usually stop twisting because my hand placement is very low. It's a good habit I'm actually trying to unlearn from the MSF class. I'm sure moving off the tank and sliding to the back of the seat will help alot too.

Four more questions:
1. Any tips on letting it down? I've seen people dropping the front end hard and other seem to let it down smoothly.

2. How fast are you going when you do your wheelie? Anyone good at slow wheelies?

3. Is it any different when you're standing up on the pegs?

4. Anyone know a good (older) bike to practice stunting on? Looking for under $3000? I'd rather spend the money on a junker than to risk dropping my new RR.

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If you can't get the front end up under hard acceleration then maybe you shouldn't be riding this bike. Yes it's very planted but it will still come up with ease if you want it too.
Joker, On the contrary to your post, I do get the front wheel to lift everytime I'm in hard accelleration mode (I think someone called it Hyperspeed.) Heck, I've gotton the front to lift some while in a corner. That corner thing was great fun but considering the condition of most roads, probrably won't do that again. ...but that's always been while riding pushed forward crouched over the tank. I don't consider having the front wheel 1' off the ground a wheelie. That's more like a power lift. :bounce:

- Sonic
 

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Hey guyz, awesome info. I really liked what SDZ posted. Good vibes from most of you guyz too! As simple as it may be to most of you, it provides a lot of insight. :D

Sure my techniques need work, but that's part of the fun. I think the hand positioning on the throttle will probrably make the most difference in pulling this off. I usually stop twisting because my hand placement is very low. It's a good habit I'm actually trying to unlearn from the MSF class. I'm sure moving off the tank and sliding to the back of the seat will help alot too.

Four more questions:
1. Any tips on letting it down? I've seen people dropping the front end hard and other seem to let it down smoothly.

2. How fast are you going when you do your wheelie? Anyone good at slow wheelies?

3. Is it any different when you're standing up on the pegs?

4. Anyone know a good (older) bike to practice stunting on? Looking for under $3000? I'd rather spend the money on a junker than to risk dropping my new RR.

Joker45 said:
If you can't get the front end up under hard acceleration then maybe you shouldn't be riding this bike. Yes it's very planted but it will still come up with ease if you want it too.
Joker, On the contrary to your post, I do get the front wheel to lift everytime I'm in hard accelleration mode (I think someone called it Hyperspeed.) Heck, I've gotton the front to lift some while in a corner. That corner thing was great fun but considering the condition of most roads, probrably won't do that again. ...but that's always been while riding pushed forward crouched over the tank. I don't consider having the front wheel 1' off the ground a wheelie. That's more like a power lift. :bounce:

- Sonic
one of the best starting bike is a F2-F3. GSX-R600-750 or if you could find a old CBR900RR (dough it tho). the F2 and F3 are good because there frames are metal.
 
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