They did solve the oil starvation problems specifically on the 996. It used to get an oil light when stood up, all they did was relocate the oil pickup. If a bike can bring the front end up under it's own power, the engineers design it to handle that. You never hear of an R1 being brought back for oil trouble due to wheelies. I never have and I've had my bike up for minutes at a time. I am very confident that Yamaha consider this when they build bikes. Otherwise, they'd have more calls, more new bikes being brought back to the shop (not to say it doesn't happen) and more bad press. Even if they don't cover the bike under warranty, each interaction costs money. I've had this conversation with a motorcycles design team that works with Honda. If you can do it to a bike, they have to think of it so it doesn't break. It cheaper in the long runSilentNEKO said:chris I gotta say I'm with dave on this one, the engineers do design bikes as well as cars to be used to there limits, but not abused. thats why when you take the bike back after you cook an engine the first thing they do is scope the engine to see if there is bad scaring, if there is then your ass is paying for it. also if they did intend people to wheelie don't you think they would have solve the oil starvation problems.
damn did you say you weigh 135lbs, time to hit the gym buddy
Your point well taken. I am quite sure I won't see 120,000 miles on my R1. I accept this but I do think that you can find a happy medium of fun and longevity.DaveL said:chris_y2k_r1,
First let me say that I often overstate something just to make a point. I have had to rebuild many bikes this year alone, and all of it has been the result of abusive riding. I recently had a customer with a new GSX-R1000 with only 2,300 miles try to tell me that his bike was designed to do wheelies and stopies or anything else he is capable of doing. Even with about $2,500 in damage, he just doesn't get the message.
Today's motorcycles are becoming faster every year, but what you don't seam to understand is that they are also becoming lighter and easier to destroy. I am also being deluged with front fork damage, blown seals, damaged stem bearings. This damage is not caused by riding down the road. It is the direct result of doing wheelies, pure and simple. Many of us like to convince ourselves that the engineers have accounted for all this nonsense. It's a lot like the way we mistreat out bodies. We smoke like chimneys and because we didn't croak yesterday we convince ourselves that we can continue smoking forever. It just doesn't work that way.
Motorcycles will last a long time when they are treated properly and maintained. If you give your bike a regular diet of wheelies and power shifts, its longevity will be reduced in direct proportion to the degree of abuse. I've had five bikes this year getting complete engine rebuilds, none of which had more than 12,000 miles. I have 120,000 miles on my own bike, must be the gasoline.