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    hey guys. New here, I'm coming from a ninja 300. I put 500 miles on a vfr800 2014 and 500 on a deluxe (i also dropped both these bikes while not even sitting on them, but that's another story)



    I really enjoy the bike and I love its comfort, but I would be lying if I said I didn't want to play around with wheelies. Anyone know a safe place to start with the 8th gen vfr?


    Thanks!
     
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    Buy a cheap bike off craigslist to stunt?

    It's not like they can't do them, same rules apply as any bike. There's stunting tutorials on YouTube.
     
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    Bruh
     

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    Lmao I deserve any and all disrespect for dropping those 2 bikes... I'm not going to let myself live that down
     
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    My moto has been wheelied before, but each time it slammed down a little piece of me died inside. :(

    I would not wanna see an 8th gen wheelied, think I'd need CPR.
    thtanner has a super idea with messing around on a cheap stunt moto.

    Please tell me you wear gear...
     
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    I'm sure I could learn on a cheap sumo, but I want to be able to wheelie this bike, which is what I'll be able to ride for the next year most likely. I wear helmet, track boots, and leather gloves.
     
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    Don't do anything stupid
     

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    No offense, but if you dropped the VFR twice without even sitting on it, why would you even start thinking about doing wheelies on it? Sounds like disaster waiting to happen.
     
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    I would suggest you go out and buy a cheap bike and learn how to wheelie first. With practice and proper technique you will be able to wheelie anything even a Goldwing or a Rocket.



    The triumph rocket is far more impressive.




    Would rather watch someone handle the bike skilfully on a road making progress then pull wheelies.
     
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    Honest question here for anyone, what is the allure of a wheelie? I can honestly say that even when I was on a bicycle I never was overcome with the urge to ride on one wheel. What is it about wheelies that excites people so much?

    I do understand the desire for the skill of how to handle when the front end becomes light as it does at speed over a hill with a sudden drop after the crest or some other similar situation. When a bike loses traction or has hindered control, the skill to handle the situation is valuable. But popping the front end up in the air or braking so hard the rear end comes up "just for kicks" makes no sense to me. Do these people just hate their fork assembly?
     
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    i'm not OP, but wheelying can be a lot of fun. on my sv650 it was a lot of fun to give it a fist full of throttle on a green ligh, let the front come up, and then gently lower back down. a violent, jerky wheelie isnt much fun, but when you have a nice, smooth, controlled wheelie, it's a satisfying experience.
    having said this, i'm not the guy you see on a ratted out GIXXER BRUH, flying through intersections on my back wheel, with a pink helmet mohawk.
     
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    I learned to wheelie going over the rise in the road at the center of an intersection...
     
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    I'm not a big fan of amateurs doing wheelies, and certainly not on a 500 lb sport tourer! Get a cheap lite bike and get your jollies. I do appreciate the skill it takes to see pro riders pull a wheelie at 150+ mph on the back straight of Laguna Seca!
     
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    In all honesty, you should still focus on fundamentals. You will be amazed at how little you actually know about riding when you put the time into it.

    Pick up "Total Control (2nd Edition)" by Lee Parks as well as "Sport Riding Techniques" by Nick Ienatsch. These will do a lot more for your riding than learning how to wheelie.
     
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    Oh come-on, tell us the story!


    You might want to consider installing a dampener before you start launching the front wheel.


    It's cool, it's fun, it's exciting, it's challenging, and it's not for everyone. I like the challenge of performing a well controlled, smooth, and safe wheelie and stoppie. But not anymore, I'm 71 years old and the bikes I have, although capable of wheelies (FJR, VFR, and ZX14), are too heavy and I break easy and don't heal well! Although I have occasionally in the past month inadvertently pulled the wheel off with the ZX14, I didn't hold it very long and set it down gently. The ZX14 is an o6' gen1, without launch control and the only thing one needs to do with this beast is twist the throttle, so it is easy to get front air to the point the rider needs to pay attention to avoid it.

    My suggestion to the OP is similar to others, get a bike better suited for training (the little Ninja 300 would be a good one), attend a riding stunt school to learn, or perhaps find a riding partner who is seasoned and skilled to help on the introduction. A little dirt bike would also be good. And, of course make sure your medical insurance is paid up. Also, add a jacket and pants to you helmet, gloves and boots. Take it easy, ease into the feeling, and once you are confident on a smaller, lighter bike, then move up to the VFR. And finally, have some fun!
     
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    Get a trials bike, you'll learn more in 2 hrs than 2 weeks on a road bike
     
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    One thing that helps a lot is if you have a rear preload on your model set it on max.

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    Lol what?
     
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    Ya I have a different model, Interceptor 500 to be precise, with four preload settings on the rear shock, putting it on four helped a lot.

    It may not help much on the larger displacement models, but the 500 you have to abuse it fairly hard to get stood up.

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