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View Results: How well can you wheelie?
A trail wheelie to get over obsticles 152 43.06%
1st gear clutch wheelie 122 34.56%
I can wheelie all day long 79 22.38%
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:47 AM   #121
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Originally Posted by opmike View Post
The lubrication delivery system of my bike is not conducive to sustained wheelies as there is a known issue of oil starvation on the front cylinder bank. As such, I've not taken the time to perfect my ability to do so, and thus, cannot.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. My time spent owning other bikes where wheelies were not an issue have been deemed irrelevant by an impartial third-party.
The little overfill reservoir on my '00 KLR650 overflowed onto the back tire from extended wheelies......taught me to keep that sucker checked/emptied I can assure you.....that bike was a wheelie would cruise at 70 to 75mph on the back wheel as long as I had the energy to balance it there.

Another reason I haven't bought another one...yet...
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:50 AM   #122
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Originally Posted by pterry View Post
How well do you wheelie?
...not a very broad spectrum of ability to choose from.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:10 PM   #123
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i have been riding for about 2 years, first bike was a 81 honda XL185 so unless i yanked hard and cranked the throttle in 1st it wouldn't leave the ground. the new bike i ride currently, 01 DRZ400, will lift in 1st gear no problem with just throttle and i am still practicing feathering the clutch in 2nd. some times i can feel the front get light for about 15-20 ft but most of the time i put my weight too far forward and get nothing
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:33 PM   #124
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:03 PM   #125
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My old ZX-7R would wheelie when in the power-band in turns. When I really got my center of gravity moved over, I found that the power the bike made at the higher RPM's would life the front wheel... which isn't good when leaned all the way over on the street.

But at Nelson Ledges track apparently it looked cool to other people as I was hanging off and the front wheel was in the air when coming out of that last turn before the front straight. I got a lot of compliments on numerous things I still attribute to the bike... me, I was just along for the ride.


I haven't had a bike that I thought would hold up well to wheelies, nor ride them well, for a very long time, so while I still want to ride a few out like I see on videos of guys on off-road bikes, I'm 41 years old and thinking that maybe I should have practiced that skill a long time ago if I wanted to be good with it now. Sucks, but then so does waiting for the cash to buy a Husky 510 to have the bike to do it with.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:21 AM   #126
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The first motorcycle wheelie I ever did was on my kz440. It was a little wet out, and my bike would run on one cylinder until you got up in the rpms. I stopped for a light, was first in line, and when the light changed I didn't want to hold up the cars behind me so I gave it lots of throttle. Suddenly the other cylinder kicked in and that from wheel came right off the ground! Surprised the shit out of me an I chopped the throttle to bring it back down.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:01 PM   #127
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I love wheelies.............the DRZ400 is a wheelie monster.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:04 PM   #128
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Originally Posted by Dr. Zombo View Post
I inadvertantly wheelied the other day for the first time. Damn near shit my pants.
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