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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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How much 'till wheelie?

I've never done a wheelie, and I never want to. I'm pretty confident that the front will lift if I crank it in 1st gear, but what about shifting into second? Can I fully open the throttle going into 2nd gear without wheelieing or does the R6 still overpower it? I know Liter bikes will do it in a blink, but will an R6? TIA everyone.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 02:20 PM
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Re: How much 'till wheelie?

When i drag i pull the wheel up in 2nd about 6-8 inches...it'll set back down...but thats after nearly red lining first...


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Re: How much 'till wheelie?

it will if you do things just right. I did it a couple of times shifting into second while getting on it a little harder than usual and running near redline. After I did the 520 -1 +2 thing I had it come up in third once. I think I hit a small bump at the same time I shifted and she came up and settled back down after about a hundred feet. There is nothing to worry about if it does come up on you, just let off the throttle a little and it will come back down.


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Re: How much 'till wheelie?

Its really dependant on your own body weight and your body positioning during hard accel. If you are north of 200, you might not be able to get it to come up on 1-2 shift with a stock bike. Sprocketing is a whole different matter. If you also practice proper form and hunker down when you hammer it, it shouldnt do much more than lift slightly and skim the ground. Id imagine if you are a small guy, things might be a little more hard to control. Having some meat on your bones enables you to really power things and literally force the bike down with your body.

Essentially, it wont go any higher on a shift than it would in 1st gear full throttle. Theres no reason to be scared shifting. Just be scared if you see-saw that throttle in first. You really need to learn how to hear and feel the bike as well during low gear accel, because you dont want to take your eyes off the road to look at the tach when the bike is coming up.

Lastly, make sure you are preloading the shifter. A sloppy/fast shift that misshifts can cause you to pop back into 1st, and if you hammer it thinking you are in second, the front end will pop up in a heart beat as you are near redline. Good luck.
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Re: How much 'till wheelie?

^^^+1. I am around 220 and the front will float about 1/2 an inch at wide open throttle around redline in first, second & third. But that is at a track on track days, I haven't done this on the street. So if you aren't riding around pretending the street is your own personal race track, I wouldn't worry about bringing the front up.

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Re: How much 'till wheelie?

ok thanks a lot everyone! i appreciate the replys! yea i'm 180 lbs and didn't really get the bike to race (mainly for looks. that's why i didn't get an R1). however, my father just got a '06 Warrior and is modifying it. when we ride together, he likes to use all his torque to his advantage and try to lose me on the straights haha. so, i was just just wondering if i will or will not wheelie going into second to keep up with him. the last thing i want to do is endanger my life and those around me. i swear, that Warrior is like a kick in the kidneys every time a cylinder fires at WOT lol. it's so quick. thanks again everyone!

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Re: How much 'till wheelie?

I'm just over 135, if I roll the throttle in first I might only get a few inches (the floating front end feel) and if I snap 2nd the front comes up a few good inches. After its happened a few times you get the feel for it and not only are you expecting it but you understand what you need to do while its happening.

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Re: How much 'till wheelie?

I wish i could try doing what you guys do as well. But i'm too scared for cops to see me overaccelerating and lifting up the front wheel. cops can give you tickets for popping wheelies right?
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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-17-2007, 11:35 AM
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Re: How much 'till wheelie?

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I wish i could try doing what you guys do as well. But i'm too scared for cops to see me overaccelerating and lifting up the front wheel. cops can give you tickets for popping wheelies right?
More like they can take you to jail!
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Re: How much 'till wheelie?

yep. it is reckless driving (riding).
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