Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: West Chester PA USA 19382
I understand where you are coming from as a mechanic and I am not try to say in any way that wheelies are harmless to a motorcycle. However, I believe many of your opinions are mistaken.
First thing I think is incorrect is the statement you made about the loads handling capabilities of the chassis and suspension. Just about any new 600 or higher will lift the front wheel off the ground without trying. Especially with me on it at 135 lbs. The R1 will lift the front in 1st or 2nd without trying at all. The engineers design motorcycles with this in mind. As an engineer of any kind, you have included into the design anything a user can do to it. Otherwise you will have thousand of products being returned to you. Engineers study Murphy's law for this reason.
Back on topic, to answer your question Auto, your main problem is most likely timing. That and you want to pull the front up in as low RPMS as possible. Find a small bump in the road, hold the throttle at a little less than full open, take the RPMs up to about 5,500 and hold them there until you are at the peak of the bump. Right as the front tire hits the top of the bump, lean back and go to wide open throttle. As you lean back, try and pull the handlebars to your chest. It just takes practice. Make sure you do it in a safe place and be careful. Trust me that 900 will bring it right up, it just takes time.
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