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In case you're curious - wheelies

Note: I didn't find anything in the searches so hopefully this isn't against the rules, but if it is feel free to lock/delete thread. Disclaimer - I don't condone wheelies, especially on public roads.

Okay, I was pulling out from a side road and had to do it somewhat quickly to ensure I didn't interfere with a car traveling in the same direction I intended to go. I gave it quite a bit more juice than usual and I felt the front wheel get light and strange. I let off the throttle a bit and the front end settled. Took me a few seconds, but I finally realized that I had just performed a "wheelie", although I most certainly didn't mean to. (First time I have ever wheelied a motorcycle in 7 years of riding. Seriously. I'm telling the truth.)

There you have it - I can attest to the fact that the Versys is most certainly capable of lifting the front end off the ground. I know, not the best time to wheelie, but I didn't mean to. Now I have a pretty good idea of how much throttle I can apply.
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In one of the first articles that Motorcyclist Magazine did about the Versys they have it popping a wheelie on the cover. That article was one of the reasons I bought the bike, not because of the wheelie but because of the display of torque, I don't ride fast but I like to ride hard and the V is right up my alley.
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It feels good! ah!
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Wheelies are fun! 99% of mine are done offroad while riding a dirt bike, where wheelies are easy, generally safe, and quite useful. The Versys doesn't have the power for roll-on wheelies, but it isn't hard to do with a little timing between the throttle and loading/unloading the front suspension.

It's stupid to loft the wheel while in traffic, and it's always illegal on public roads. Still, when the road is deserted and the devil is whispering in my ear ....
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A good hard shift into second also produces unintentional lift off .
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A full throttle 1-2 and 2-3 shift always gets a little air between the tire and the road on my V. It's all good. I still remember getting pulled over on my RZ350 for wheelying in 1984; I swear I spent more time on one wheel than two on that bike! Of course wheelying isn't wise in traffic, but on a clear road I could care less whether it's legal or not.

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The same thing happened to me, (unintentional) on my demo ride. I owned a new bike two weeks later.
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OK funny story, a week after I bought my bike (this is my first bike ever) I was in traffic with a friend and I stalled my bike when traffic started moving. I was still very green and freaked out popped the clutch and hit the gas. I had that bike at a 45 degree angle , screamed a bit thinking I was going to hurt my beautiful bike, I put the wheel back down and did the samething over again. I was just freaking out, all I wanted to do was get out of traffic and sit down for a minute. I left traffic came to a parking lot and had a bit of a calm down. My friend puts in behind me a just starts laughing at me. Then the cops showed up in a matter of 30second from pulling into the lot. . He wanted to know if I was alright and if I was blind because he was stuck in traffic right beside me . He watched the whole thing. He told me to be careful because he liked my bike and didn't was to show up at a accident scene

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK7GlzgG8bQ&NR=1

Check it out, the V wheelies just fine.
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wheeeelee

I had to smile at your description of an accidental front end lift off,
it certainly gets your heart pumping no matter how many times you experience it, yahoo,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Ive poped twice and both where accidental
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A good hard shift into second also produces unintentional lift off .
+1

Very first sprited ride after the "break in" was done??

I was acting like a dumbarse kid on a dirt bike again.


hehehehehehehehehe
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Very first sprited ride after the "break in" was done??

I was acting like a dumbarse kid on a dirt bike again.


hehehehehehehehehe
Me, too!! I've had my Versys for about three weeks and have recently completed my version of the break in. A day or two after that I lifted the front by accident at a light and have now done it a few more times not quite by accident

Of the several bikes I've owned over the years, this funky little machine is the funnest bike I've ever owned, hands down.
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Of the several bikes I've owned over the years, this funky little machine is the funnest bike I've ever owned, hands down.[/QUOTE

Right on Bro.... I never was one for wheelies but for me this one likes for me to pop the clutch a tad in second and ride it out.
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I have one or two good wheelie stories. I learned to ride when I was in college and purchased 1/2 interest in an abused 1980 YZ-80. Awesome little bike. Anyway, I was at a dirt track one day trying to show off for my girlfriend. I whacked the throttle wide open and popped the clutch, getting the bike nearly vertical. Promptly, I slid right off the seat, but for some reason couldn't let go of the handlebars. Couldn't let off the throttle either, so the bike proceeded to drag me about a hundred feet until I was able to crash it into a small tree. I'm not sure how impressed she was, what with her rolling on the ground laughing her ass off at me.

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Yeah, I have done one or two.. or three of those!
Fun stuff, but keep it safe fellas!


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IkgpB6aZF8

he gets a little air....

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Easy on the Vee

Roll-on wheelies are really easy in 1st - just hit the gas at about 3500 to 5000 rpm and look at the sky. In second, you need to slide back a bit to get your weight over the wheel. Note the guy in the video - he looks as though he has his butt on the passenger seat. Do that and it's easy to do roll-ons in 2nd if your legs are long enough. The Vee feels like a dirt bike when the front wheel is up - that's one of the few times that it feels like a dual sport to me. It has very good balance and easy throttle control.
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mine must be better than everyone elses cause I can keep it in the air in 4 gears without popping the clutch Ha Ha !
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Cool

just kidding but 3 gears is easy enough.and by the way avon distanzias rock the versys make it TRULY versatile!
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