Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: West Chester PA USA 19382
Sorry so late on this one... Thanks for the props RR.
Yes indeed the R1 is very picky, took me a while to figure that out. I had an R6 as well although I don't remember it being as picky but I wasn't as good at standing it up back then.
The R1 seems to go right from wanting to come back down to wanting to loop. When you get that bike high up in the upper reaches of the balance point it becomes very very touch throttle wise. I think this is because of the long swing arm and the 50/50 weight ratio.
Let me give a real life example, when I'm doing highway wheelies with my buddy/teammate, Steve, he is much slower on his 929 (about 80 MPH) at pitch of I'd guess at about 11 O'clock. Where as I am moving much faster at the same pitch, it makes it very hard to do tandem wheelies.
I'm not a physics major so I don't know the exact reasons off the top of my head but none the less the R1 is twitchy in almost all arenas but THAT makes it a fun bike.
With that said, one final thought - If you are running on a carbuerated bike and the carbs aren't sync'd and tuned well, holding a steady wheelie is going to be a pain in the ass because not only will you be using the throttle to compensate for road anomalies and wind gusts but you will also be compensating for your own poorly tuned machine. I can tell a world of difference when I sync and tune my carbs, I can find a steady spot on the throttle much quicker and very great ease and hold it at that point almost throughout the entire wheelie. This is why FI bikes are better for monos.
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