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I keep hearing people say "I did a wheelie" or "and the front tire came up" I dont believe this to be true whatsoever. The bike is so front heavy I just dont buy it. I believe most people think they get the tire off the ground but in all reality its just the front forks extending. Someone show me a pic or a video of a 109 doing a wheelie and I'll eat my words and apologize. And there is no use replying to this without any kind of proof.
 

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I can see it happening off the line but I have never had it happen. I have had it happen off the line on my vtx when the tires are very hot. I was cautious the first few times I hit it off the line with the 109 because so many people were saying that. Of course I don't want the front wheel coming off if I am trying to get a better start. The weight shouldn't be a problem it is lighter than my vtx by 70 lbs and more tire out back to grab the road with.
 

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I'm not talking about popping the front tire off the ground 1-2 inches for a ft or 2. To me thats not a wheelie. I just think that word is getting used to much for this bike.
 

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I'm not talking about popping the front tire off the ground 1-2 inches for a ft or 2. To me thats not a wheelie. I just think that word is getting used to much for this bike.
Yep I agree, the sport bike guys do wheelis we get a little lift off the ground but not wheelies.
 

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Yeah that front end stays planted pretty good. I have had the rear light up on a hard start in 1st and it stayed planted and on a hard shift to 2nd the front got very light for a second but i couldn't tell if it actually left the pavement and if it did it wasn't by much.
 

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I dont mean to go out on a rampage, but I read a post that caused this post. Someone said they got the front tire 2ft off the ground at 40-50 mph. Now thats just a load of BS. Lol man I'm crabby right now I guess working all night will do that to a guy. I'm off to bed soon.
 

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I definitely had the front wheel off the ground bro. And as you say it was only a 1-2 incher probably. There was significant enough force to pull it right back down. It was several weeks ago now but I think in order to get it up in the first place I jammed second really hard after hitting about 4500-5500 rpms in 1st, but that is just a guess as I really wasn't watching rpms, because I was so busy grinning from ear-to-ear. It was a complete accident but I have a witness who was riding with me and saw it if that is proof enough.

BTW, I am not planning on trying that again as it's a very strange feeling to have that wheel pop up and although it was exciting, I could definitely see it going very wrong as well as I have only been riding like 10 months total and don't feel I have the experience to be trying stuff like that on purpose. I will leave the wheelies to the street fighters and crotch rocketeers.

Speaking of wheelies, I was watching Two Wheel Tuesday (or one of the four shows that all run together that night on the Speed Channel) and saw an excellent interview with Robie Bolger and he is introducing a new Street Fighter bike I think they said here in the US, which can do like 212mph (at least his personal prototype can) and they said that one of the world records he holds is for riding a wheelie while sitting on the handlebars facing forward, the distance was like 9 1/2 miles on a GSX-R1000 during which he reached speeds over 105mph. Now that takes some humungous doodads!

-Tim
 

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Hmmm...intersting post. Can we get back to more important stuff like burnouts and powerslides like I iused to do on my bigwheel...
 

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Point proven Lamonster. Hey can you post a message in the main board or somewhere where people can see it regarding using the SEARCH option. I don't want to sound like a jerk, but I am getting tired of seeing all of these redundant messages from newer users. Thanks.
 

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I have not performed or tried a wheel stand on my 109 but I know from past experience with my 1200 Madura, that once you put as little as 100 lbs of passenger on the back, it will pull the wheel big time and continue to rise unless some judicious use of the throttle is made! :bigthumbsup:
 
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I don't know if it is possible. I launched my bike from a dead stop and all it did was shoot forward and hit the rev limiter before I could graab second gear.

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How much guts you got,I guess.I got a friend that can do the 1/4 on a Busa on 1 wheel,dat's a wheelie. when he see's mine I wll let you know.
 

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What is a wheelie? I dont have the definitive answer and I am sure it will vary between riders...
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There is plenty of power here to get the wheel in the air. All you need is traction and a little weight transfer.
If I slide back on the seat (350lbs)... and "try" to lift the wheel going into 2nd hard on it I am sure the wheel will come up...
and then I crash... because I am unexperienced at these things. It almost happened once but THANKFULLY popped out of second right away.

To me wheelie = getting the front wheel/wheels off the ground (easy enough)

To me riding a wheelie = keeping it up by modulating the throttle (I doubt that will work well here)
 

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sledzep01 said:
What is a wheelie? I dont have the definitive answer and I am sure it will vary between riders...
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There is plenty of power here to get the wheel in the air. All you need is traction and a little weight transfer.
If I slide back on the seat9350lbs)... and "try" to lift the wheel going into 2nd hard on it I am sure the wheel will come up...
and then I crash... because I am unexperienced at these things. It almost happened once but THANKFULLY popped out of second right away.

To me wheelie = getting the front wheel/wheels off the ground (easy enough)

To me riding a wheelie = keeping it up by modulating the throttle (I doubt that will work well here)
At one time I was a wheelie freak. I could pretty much ride a wheelie on anything as long as I could get it to the balancing point, after that power has very little to do with riding a wheelie.
 

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I read this post earlier, maybe yesterday. Anyways, went to the store w/ wife to look at some flooring, kitchen cabs ( Hate it, cuts into riding time,, the install )
On the way home I hit it fairly quick at a couple of stop lights, just not all out. I noticed the front wheel not getting light, but coming off the ground, and fairly easily. Easy to tell it's not forks when you feel the front touch, and get a slight dir change if your not parallel. I tried giving it more from a stop at a stop sign, and got the front wheel 1-1.5 ft off the ground easy.
Plenty of throttle left, so I feel it could have done a stand . Anyways, no pic, but I live by my word so if you cant's get it up, your not trying hard enough.
Wife weighs 115.
 

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I read this post  earlier, maybe yesterday.  Anyways, went to the store w/ wife to look at some flooring, kitchen cabs ( Hate it, cuts into riding time,, the install )
On the way home I hit it fairly quick at a couple of stop lights, just not all out. I noticed the front wheel not getting light, but coming off the ground, and fairly easily.  Easy to tell it's not forks when you feel the front touch, and get a slight dir change if your not  parallel.  I tried giving it more from a stop at a stop sign, and got the front wheel 1-1.5 ft off the ground easy.
Plenty of throttle left, so I feel it could have done a stand .  Anyways, no pic, but  I live by my word  so if you cant's get it up, your not trying hard enough. Â
Wife weighs 115.
We all know that having a rider on the back is like wheelie viagra, something about the added wieght over the rear axle changes the whole dynamic and the more top heavy she is the easier it comes up. :p
 
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