Originally posted by spicersh
...Most of the members here want others to become successful riders, not squid stunnas who constantly provide the market with high insurance rates and cheap parts.
Welcome to the STUNTING section of this particular forum. In this forum, the answers to STUNT RELATED (IE: wheelies, stoppies, burnouts, etc.) subjects can be found. The members in THIS part of the forum actively and whole heartedly embrase thier "squid stunna" side. We/I would like very much for people to become interested and successful STUNTERS and riders.
Stunting is so often blamed for high insurance rates. But honestly, when was the last time you went to a track day and didn't see at least 3 bikes get trashed? I've seen 3 weeks of straight stunting with over a dozen people at a time and not one single accident. I want to see three track weekends with those statistics.
Yes, I understand that there are inexperienced and STUPID riders doing irresponsible and STUPID things on the highways. Often these people are labeled as squids and blamed for everyone's misfortune. Now, take into account the number of riders who have had a car pull out in front of them, hit some sand in a turn, lowsided/highsided on a back road, hit an animal, had thier bike stolen or vandalised, destroyed by weather or fire, the list goes on. Nobody thinks to blame ANY of those things. But... damn those little bastards and thier stunt bikes. Most of which don't have insurance or, when something breaks, they fix without a claim. The people who are responsible for your insurance rates climbing Aren't stunters. So don't blame them. Shitty situations and irresponsible riding is. And those people aren't stunters. They're exactly that, they're irresponsible people. Some go hand in hand, but not all.
As far as the advice given by Vash. He was asked a question. He answered THAT QUESTION. He also said "I would wait before trying" He covered his bases TWICE saying to wait. Then said "the problem isn't getting it up, it's what you do with it afterwards." again, covering your arguement. He went into detail with a story on how he fuct up a landing. There was nothing irresponsible about his post.
I'm not here to kiss his ass or to rip you one. I'm just pointing out a few facts. The members HERE do like stunting. I will warn anyone of the dangers and consequences of whatever it is they are trying to do. I start every suggestion with "gear up, and find an empty place". and end it with "good luck, and be safe". There is no way to tell a person what to do when shit goes wrong with a wheelie. All you can do is tell them what might happen, and the way you deal with it. Until it actually happens to them, there's no way for them to "learn" it. It's all a learning process. And sadly, when it comes to wheelies, the only way to learn is to fuck one up.
So, to you ErieSporter, I say this...
The information Vash gave you is good. Gear up, stay safe, and keep it off the streets. It takes skill and finess to wheelie a katana well. The information Spicersh gave is also important. There are a million things that can happen when you cut the number of wheels on the ground in half. Just think your actions through, put yourself in those postitions and try to think out a reaction for them. THEN try it. More than likely, you won't do what you thought out. Cause it hasn't become a habit yet. But practice and time will be the only thing that helps that. So don't get frustrated. My input on this, is wait. Learn to ride. Get comfortable. And get a different bike. I know it's not what you want to hear. But katana's aren't stunt bikes. And taking a bike that isn't comfortable or easy to use on 1 wheel only makes things that much harder. Especially when learning. Ride that katana long and hard. Get comfortable with everything on two wheels. THEN go to one. Just like Vash said, more than likely, you won't listen to me. But thats whats great about it... freedom of choice. Just remember. You're choices come with consequences. Hopefully those consequences aren't damage to you, your bike, or someone/something around you. Best of luck. And be safe.
~ your friendly, local, Super