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Well, I've been trying to wheelie here and there for the past week. Basically just trying the roll on in first gear. I can feel the front end floating slightly and the front tire will skip a little on the pavement. Well, left for work early to grab some food for the work week at the grocery store. It was midnight and there was nobody out at all. Figured I'd try a little harder. I rolled on hard around 20mph and the f'r came up fast! It wasn't huge but got it about 2 feet in the air. Hell, my feet even fell of the pegs because it startled me. I wish it wouldn't have happened because now I want to go and try some more. One thing I've realized is that when I think I'm at WOT, i'm really only using 75%. You have to really bend your wrist to get the throttle opened up completely.

Now I need to go and find some abandoned roads and keep on practicing. Now that I know what it feels like I should be a little bit more prepared. If you don't hear from me in a while, I'll either be in the hospital or jail!! :devil:
 
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Congratulations! It's a lot of fun.

Not that I'm good at wheelies or anything but it shouldn't be that hard to get it to come up. I'm guessing you must be leaning forwards, maybe without even realising it. Just concentrate on staying in a neutral position and it should come up with not much more 1/2 throttle. I accidentally wheelied the '06 I took for a test ride. The S3 just makes it too easy.

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Yea, when I get on the throttle I automatically lean forward. Just gotta keep telling myself to sit upright the whole time.
 

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If you can remember to actually lean back (think of hanging from your hands to your shoulders), it's easier to feel the balance point.

For Speedy riders, note that it's a whole lot easier to wheelie once the proper TuneBoy tune is installed!
 

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Other than throttle induced, I suck at wheelies. Nice to see others making progress. :drink:
 

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Not that I'm an expert yet by any means, but I can say it gets easier with practice. I'm not riding out 500 yarders like our economically minded friend, or resident expert corners (anybody heard from him lately?) but it gets easier and better every time out. :drink:
 

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Congrats!!! Keep hope alive brotha' and keep practicing. They will get easier as you become more comfortable with the bike. :smitty:
 

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There arn't too many things that feel as cool as riding one out. I'm trying to perfect mine. I get get uncomfortable when they come up real fast and I end up closing the throttle too much. When I get th e1st gear down to where I can get it up high on th efirst try, i'll start playing with the clutch and 2nd gear... Like MN said, If you don't hear from me....
 

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I have only wheelied on accident. I absolutely cannot turn off my instinct to roll off when its up more than like 6 inches. I can float off of hilltops and that kinda thing, but at slow speeds it freaks me out. I have a friend who rides a frankenbike '80 Kawi KZ750 with an '02 ZR750 engine in it. He can 12 O-clock all day on that thing, and gives me shit cause I don't want(read can't afford) to wreck my bike. Its funny, I can ride circle around most sportbikes on the few kinda curvy roads we have around here, but I cannot and will not wheelie for the life of me. It sucks.
 

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you dont need a tuneboy to wheelie.

when you understand the dynamics and motion of the bike,
(throttle & suspension) youll understand how to pull a wheelie with ease.

nobody can tell you how to wheelie. you gotta work it out yourself...

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Nice work! :drink: Fanning the clutch in second will be easier to control though. You will still be able to keep it up via the natural torque of the engine.
 
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