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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-22-2000, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Does any know why it seems that Wheelies look
so effortless when you watch them done at the end of a race(I am speaking about races where bikes that are off the showroom floor are used and the ony addition is a pipe.) on tv. However when you see them done on a public road it appears as if the person is doing alot of work to acomplish the performance?

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-22-2000, 08:05 PM
 
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Well, the bikes you're thinking of are what they call Supersport class. While they are basically stock bikes just like the ones you can buy, they have numerous modifications done to them.

All of these mods are simple things that you, as a regular street rider, could easily do to your bike, with enough money, and a good tuner.

The reason they do such effortless wheelies (in addition to skilled riders, who pretty much make everything they do look "easy"), are things like exhausts, jetting, valve jobs, different gearing from what the street bikes come with, bigger radiators (in World Supersport) for better cooling, and lots of dyno tuning for optimal performance.

Furthermore, in race trim, the bikes weigh a good 30 lbs. less than the street versions, due to removal of all unnecessary lights, brackets, accessories, etc., as well as bodywork that weighs much less than stock.

Add all this up, and you have some pretty wheelie-prone motorcycles!



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Thanks! I'm new, I'll learn! :;

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I agree> Those guys make it seem like they are not even trying, and those wheelies sure look sweet.

I have to believe that it is a balance between great skill and a highly tuned machine.



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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-23-2000, 02:34 AM
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Yeah, it just seems like they just think about a wheelie, and WHOOP, there it is! Sweet indeed.

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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-23-2000, 03:19 AM
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Yup!! It is amazing, they look so relaxed and
so poised you'd think they were on the couch
watching football. But it is tough, b/c even
Max Biaggi almost bought it on National TV...
just barley missed looping it...

I just can't get enough of it; I don't know
how some of these cats get 5th and 6th gear
standing wheelies literally for MILES!!!!

Someday...

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Hello everyone! I'm new to the forums (I'm going to post my profile under 'new members'). Last night a couple of guys were doing wheelies, one on an R1 and the other on a 929. They were fairly impressive as they would ride them for several hundred yards, but then the guy on the 929 MADE A CURVE while riding one. Now THAT'S impressive!


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On my better days when I am relaxed I can
do that but I haven't figured out how to do
it on command yet... Still got a learning
"curve" hehe!!

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that was pretty lame there chris!

funny though, i think you can curve buy putting slight weighton one of the foot pegs?

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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-23-2000, 07:07 AM
 
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Anybody have a how-to on initiating a wheelie by popping the clutch? My RR will wheelie fine without it in 1st but most of the people I've seen use the clutch. I had a friend who would do it and it would make a cool little 'chirp' sound before the front came up and I know the guy who starts his at 80 mph is using the clutch. Do you just rev it on up into the powerband or is it a little more gradual than that?

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