Before I toasted my bike, I had been working on wheelies. I made sure I was in a secluded area, or at the local dragstrip, but mostly old country roads with no drives. The best one was about 15min. away from my house. They had just resurfaced the road, and it was buttery smooth. Anyway, that's where I practiced, and eventually mastered, the wheelie.
My wheelies and how I do them:
First off, I hate clutching the bike up. The F4 has the balls to lift it without any clutch, so I used 'em. Anyway, after my carbs were reworked, I had most of my power above 6,500 (as opposed to around 5,500 stock). I would simply take the bike to 6500-7000, hold it there and then whack that mofo open WIDE.
Right before I hit the rev-limiter (14,300 rpm) I would hit 2nd. I am the only person I know who actually uses the clutch while wheelie-shifting. It's smoother, and I was able to easily maintain my wheelies while shifting.
Anyway, the day I mastered my wheelies was perfect. Nice and bright outside. No traffic as usual, and nothing but hot blacktop just waiting to grip my fresh Dunlop(s). I ran up and down the road a few times to ensure proper tire temp. Then I went to the end, turned around, and started the process. I pulled my bike up HIGH, shifted 2nd, and literally held it there until I saw a car coming the other way. Approx 45 sec. @65-75mph. It was the greatest feeling ever. After that, I was pretty much able to do a wheelie for as long as the road/traffic/little animals would let me.
Wheelies are fun and give a GREAT rush. When done in the right place they can be fairly safe too, if you know what you are doing anyway. I must say though, if I had to choose between a good run thru some tight twisties and a road begging for wheelies, I'd go with the twisties. That's where the boys (and girls) are seperated from the men (and women
Ain't nobody gonna tell ME an F4 don't have the balls to ride mile+ long wheelies. It's the rider who lacks balls (or the female equivalent).
2000 CBR600F4 -
Lost to the Blacktop God. 4,699 miles in under 3 mos. $8,300 worth of damage to my one and only baby. On the brighter side: Can you say 929rr???