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Does any know why it seems that Wheelies look
so effortless when you watch them done at the end of a race(I am speaking about races where bikes that are off the showroom floor are used and the ony addition is a pipe.) on tv. However when you see them done on a public road it appears as if the person is doing alot of work to acomplish the performance?

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Well, the bikes you're thinking of are what they call Supersport class. While they are basically stock bikes just like the ones you can buy, they have numerous modifications done to them.

All of these mods are simple things that you, as a regular street rider, could easily do to your bike, with enough money, and a good tuner.

The reason they do such effortless wheelies (in addition to skilled riders, who pretty much make everything they do look "easy"), are things like exhausts, jetting, valve jobs, different gearing from what the street bikes come with, bigger radiators (in World Supersport) for better cooling, and lots of dyno tuning for optimal performance.

Furthermore, in race trim, the bikes weigh a good 30 lbs. less than the street versions, due to removal of all unnecessary lights, brackets, accessories, etc., as well as bodywork that weighs much less than stock.

Add all this up, and you have some pretty wheelie-prone motorcycles!

:) :) :)

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Thanks! I'm new, I'll learn! :;

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I agree> Those guys make it seem like they are not even trying, and those wheelies sure look sweet.

I have to believe that it is a balance between great skill and a highly tuned machine.



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Yeah, it just seems like they just think about a wheelie, and WHOOP, there it is! Sweet indeed.

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Yup!! It is amazing, they look so relaxed and
so poised you'd think they were on the couch
watching football. But it is tough, b/c even
Max Biaggi almost bought it on National TV...
just barley missed looping it...

I just can't get enough of it; I don't know
how some of these cats get 5th and 6th gear
standing wheelies literally for MILES!!!!

Someday...

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Hello everyone! I'm new to the forums (I'm going to post my profile under 'new members'). Last night a couple of guys were doing wheelies, one on an R1 and the other on a 929. They were fairly impressive as they would ride them for several hundred yards, but then the guy on the 929 MADE A CURVE while riding one. Now THAT'S impressive! :)


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On my better days when I am relaxed I can
do that but I haven't figured out how to do
it on command yet... Still got a learning
"curve" hehe!! ;)

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that was pretty lame there chris! :p

funny though, i think you can curve buy putting slight weighton one of the foot pegs?

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Anybody have a how-to on initiating a wheelie by popping the clutch? My RR will wheelie fine without it in 1st but most of the people I've seen use the clutch. I had a friend who would do it and it would make a cool little 'chirp' sound before the front came up and I know the guy who starts his at 80 mph is using the clutch. Do you just rev it on up into the powerband or is it a little more gradual than that?

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tigerblade, do a search on "wheelie" in the "How Do I" forum for all you need to know on the subject.

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I used to know a guy who rode wheelies anywhere, he could do 1-2-3 through the gears and around sweepers at the same time all while in wheelie mode. It was pretty impressive. (he was even on a plain 93 ZX-7, non-R) havnt seen him around in some time tho.

Needless to say it was DAMN impressive!!!

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Forgot to metion that someone other than the owner was riding the 929. The owner is on his 2nd 929 after looping over on the 1st one. The first 929 was a replacement for his 900RR (I don't know how that one was destroyed?) :D

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Saw a 929 about a month ago for the first time. That thing did the more effortless wheelie I have ever seen. I also wasn't sure if that guy was going to come down...until it stopped for that red light. Impressive.
Then again...I've seen a guy on a ZX6R (not me) do really effortless wheelies. I was riding through town and saw these two guys on 6Rs. I knew who they were. I rode with them a while. We got to a stop light and I said, "Hey, are you those two guys I always see doing wheelies?" Of course they smiled and said no. "That's a shame, because there are these two guys on bikes just like those that can really ride."
Surely enough we are going down the road and they are behind me. I hear the engine go and look left and here is a tire about a foot away from my arm. Then he curved in front of me. You can turn a wheelie! Scary, and it wasn't the smartest thing they've done. Good way to get me killed, but impressive. You can get as close as you want...just don't touch.

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Duke, you got a 916 bro, just twist the wrist and look at all the fluffy clouds :)
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duke, no offense.. but if you read the thread u would see some advice to go to the "how-to" forum & search for "wheelie".. this site has been around for a while & believe it or not this is not the first thread on the subject. :D

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Tony,
Whats up its Mike i sold you u that 916. All you have to do is get going in 1st up to about 3000 rpm get on the throttle let off and then get on it again. It will come right up i promise. If that dosnt work, me and 2kRacer6 - Michael- have a instructional video of me on the duc and him on the r6 done some nice long wheelies. =) I was glad to see you made it home safely. How do you like the bike. Email me @ [email protected]

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aroight~!. iknow this ain't "How to"..but i finally got my gixxer up like that "on, off and then on the throttle agian".. i did it wit out the clutch.. i juss gotta figure how much i can squeeze da brake to do an endo. or stoppie.. however you wanna look at it.. shiny side up ... peace out..

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Now that's comedy, Fizzman!

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