I'm going to get ripped for this, but I'm really struggling with them. They are inconsistent at best.
I think I am being shy of the throttle, I don't know. I can ride up to the bottom of the power band in first and whack it open to the stop and the bike just launches... the front gets light, but no wheelie. I wrap it to 8500, chop it, then slap it back on and it's up (only in first gear) but it comes up kind of fast, and I haven't been able to find the balance point yet because of that. It will startle me and I end up rolling out way to early because it feels like it is rising WAY too fast after I get over the 'hump'. I have clutched one up in second before (after about 5 consecutive attempts) and when I set it down I was doing over 120, which I am not comfortable with. On my Speed Triple I would always clutch it up in first leaving a stop, around 20-40 mph. I would like to be able to just be cruising around 55-65 mph and be able to bring it up with either the gas or clutch...but I haven't figured it out. It seems to only want to come up for me in first gear, just like my last bike, which had about 80 less horsepower.
I'm going to gear it down and see if I can slow my wheelies down, and go from there.
I'm sure it's my lack of technique, not the bike. I'll figure it out.
My friend (who is a wheelie king) just rode it and said he clutched up a sit down in THIRD and he brought it right up to the balance point, no problem. He makes me sick.
Last edited by casey; 09-09-2006 at 12:08 AM.