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Anyone up for a ride this Sunday? Short notice, but I gotta ride.

I usually do a route similar to the SFBMHA Alice's loop, plus minus a few excursions. The roads are simply the best.

I'm only interested in a group ride, not solo, so please confirm here ahead of time. Meet at Alice's 9:45-10am? ;D
 

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I would have been up for it if I had seen your post in time, Sivan. Could have been fun, maybe next time...
 

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Hey Jordan, yeah for you I would even get up late. ;)

I went anyway, missed a BARF group, followed a couple of riders, then took off on my own. I was in a serious hooligan mood, even cracked a couple of wheelies for the first time! [smiley=evil.gif]
 

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Hey Sivan...Any tips for wheely riding? ??? I've been popping a few lately, but it always seems to be a mistake. :mad: I would love to have control over them.
 

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I'm hardly the one to ask, check out the wheelie FAQ on the site. With your bike, you should have no problem. For 750/620's, add in pulling the handlebars and some luck.
 

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Practice, practice, practice. I've been wheelieing (sp?) anywhere from 2x-10x a day the last couple months to get the balance point down. Start small, just pop up the wheel, let it fall down. Then start trying to get it higher. Once you're comfy with just doing a wheelie, go for distance, hold the throttle at that balance point. It's definitely a blast and fun to practice.

Maybe on the Oct. 25 afternoon ride we have planned we could have people do a little wheelie exhibition for those who want to learn... ;)

-Jordan

P.S. I have an M800 and it pops up VERY easily. It's all power, never touch the clutch, and I can hold it well into second gear. So, for those of you on the "smaller" bikes, have confidence, with practice you too can wheelie!
 

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I don't have any problem wheelying... but I can't ride them out yet and coming down is usually very hard! Any advice on how to set the wheel down gently???
 

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As a friend of mine just said to me the other day when I was bitching about coming down too hard on my front forks, "welcome to the world of wheelies." Once you're at a point where you're doing bigger wheelie (i.e. more than 45-60 degrees) there really isn't a lot you can do about your front end coming down too hard unless you have room to ride out the wheelie. You could always try to pop the thottle open again as you're coming down, it may give you just enough kick to keep you from hitting too hard, maybe...

Just yesterday I did a very phat wheelie, got very close to vertical. Unfortunately I ran out of room and had to put the front end down. When I came down I hit so hard I was bounced out of the seat a good foot. Not something I want to repeat very often...
 
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