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So I have finally started practicing wheelies on my GSXS and I feel like first gear clutch up is rather easy(Practiced for like 4 hours today). But I can barely get the wheel more than 6 inches off the ground in second and third gear wheelies are non-existent so far. For those of you that like to do wheelies on this bike, what is your advice for second gear and third gear clutch ups? How are you doing it? What rpm, speed, tips? I wear full gear while practicing on empty roads and understand the risks of wheelies. Just looking for advice from those that have mastered the art of the dank wheelie on this beast. lol
 

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You can't change genetics, and anyway getting it up six inches is still perfectly adequate.
I should be so lucky! Can't get it up at all these days, probably to do with that other thread on having no snatch.;)
@dfossati , excuse the obvious question but have you got Traction Control off?
 

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I should be so lucky! Can't get it up at all these days, probably to do with that other thread on having no snatch.;)
@dfossati , excuse the obvious question but have you got Traction Control off?
Yes traction control is off.
 

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It's amazing how most of the comments on this thread didn't answer the question and were of zero help. Thanks to those that gave input pertaining to the question though.
 

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It's amazing how most of the comments on this thread didn't answer the question and were of zero help. Thanks to those that gave input pertaining to the question though.
Wazzup buddy someone stole your sense of humour.?

Perhaps it's a reflection of what people thought of the question/title.;)
 

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It's amazing how most of the comments on this thread didn't answer the question and were of zero help. Thanks to those that gave input pertaining to the question though.
Really? You went with that title, and you're surprised that you got silly responses?

Welcome to the Internet, I'm glad they finally connected where ever you are.
 

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I too find this thread to be quite funny!

However, when I owned my GSXS clutch ups in 2nd gear I found to be very easy. I would be going about 50mph in 2nd and hold clutch and rev to about 8-9k drop clutch and then its on you to keep her at balance point. Bike is plenty capable of wheelies just gotta give it more throttle which is always the case when trying to wheelie. KEEP rear brake covered!!

Be safe and don't worry 6 inches satisfies most!
 

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Yea perhaps I was being a bit grumpy to be honest, but just stating the truth. Anyways, I'm really excited to try out these tips and hopefully I don't need to buy viagra to get it up in second. lol. I roll around with a guy on a BMW s1000r and another buddy rides on his Yamaha FZ-10 (both really good at wheelies and riding in general), so I got to represent the GSXS. Thanks everyone!
 

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just enjoy watching them wheelie...you'll be better off...be carefull
As much fun as they are, you're probably right. Adds wear and tear to the bike like a probable fork rebuild, clutch plate wear, etc. Which means more time and money I would have to spend working on it rather than ride it in the long run. But I think if I do a couple rare first gear wheelie every few weeks or every month, that will be enough for me and the bike should be fine for the most part I would think as long as I chase it out and don't slam the front end down.
 

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Ive had my bike a week, last few days I went out to highway on stock gearing, 2nd gear at 60-65. instant flip of throttle with a slight pull of clutch, and it floats right up. I need to take air pressure out of the rear tire, it is either too high or the wind blows this non fairing bike around too much, because its hard right now to keep 100% straight. Other bike gracefully floats down to the road.


The bike is not hard to get up, learn your technique. Please do not try and replicate my style, because if you get hurt I dont want to be responsible just use any points from what I say to yours.

but I just cruise to 60-65mph. in 2nd, slightly pull clutch in with 1 finger, its like 80% disengaged. and I crack throttle and hold, as I release, im instantly in air. works every time, my gsxr I did it at 55mph, so I raised the mph a few mph due to power/torque.

Its all about technique, my action looks like its 1 action that I do it so quick. Same exact thing lifts both bikes the same.



edit. You are crazy to be attempting clutch ups on this high torqued of a bike, I have never done clutch ups in 1st on any bike at fast speeds. Its too risky man, do 2nd. I believe 3rd gear clutch ups are manageable as well. I just prefer the response and twitch with 2nd gear. COVER THAT BRAKE.

Ride them for days.


I dont believe wheelies hurt bikes as long as they are properly filled with oil ( I add just a hair more ) than I should for like 3/4 the bubble filled instead of half. The clutch ups are not aggressive at all to the bike, if they are done smoothly. It feels so gentle, if you are pulling the entire clutch in, 100% off the clutch and dropping that clutch, its a hard shock. I just pull in 3/4 quick, and release while giving a crack of throttle and floats the wheel.

My cutch never leaves the friction zone, unlike a gear change. I feel it jerk a little if I dont try a wheelie and I pull the clutch in like I would be doing a wheelie itl pull you forward. I use shorty levers, I keep hands on the grips, and I just use my index finger and ever so lightly pull the clutch in. always keep hands on the handlebar. 6 inch will turn into 5 feet real quick.

for wheelies I keep the back tire around 28-30psi. it helps keep bike straight. more psi / more round the tires will be. Hard to keep it steady


edit again. my 65mph is probably 70mph to your bike, I corrected my speedo to read actual mph vs the incorrect. I did it at 60mph as well, that would prob be 65mph for you. I dont look at rpms, its all by feel. you shouldn't be thinking about rpms or anything, just a light squeeze clutch, and a flick and hold of throttle while releasing the clutch. I dont know what to say man, be careful if you attempt any high speed wheelies.
 
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