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View Results: Should I learn to wheelie?
Yes, it is a vital skill and you'd be a fool not to. 38 20.32%
Yeah, you might as well, it could be handy someday. 51 27.27%
Yeah, Chicks dig it. 42 22.46%
Yes, but only after you've gotten good at doing it in the car. 16 8.56%
No, it is not really useful. 14 7.49%
No, it is dumb and dangerous (just like all the best fireworks) 8 4.28%
No, it is the first step towards The Darkside. 5 2.67%
You should sell the motorcycle and all other worldly goods to become a Ugandan prairie dog hunter. 13 6.95%
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:57 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by xymotic View Post

I wheelie a lot, because it's addictive and fun as hell.
Pretty much my position exactly! My KTM 620 will wheelie in 1st 2nd and 3rd just by rolling on the throttle. I like 3rd gear wheelies best - higher speed means more stability. It will wheelie in 4th, but it takes a pretty good yank. Compressing the front end helps too.

Originally Posted by xymotic View Post

It's also a TERRIBLE idea with very few redeeming qualities (outside of trials type riding) and a lot of risk, esp to insurance premiums

I gotta agree here too. It hasn't bitten me yet, but I fear it's only a matter of time if I keep pushing it. I'd really like to get up to a full balance wheelie, but that's when I gotta ask... why? From a pure cost/benefit analysis, I'd be gaining nothing and risking a ton. But, what can I say? If I wanted to completely eliminate risk, I'd be driving a car.
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