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Inadvertent Wheelie

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Yep. Inadvertent wheelie.

The details of why I needed to pull into traffic so quickly are uninteresting and outside the scope of this post, but suffice it to say I needed to get into traffic QUICKLY.

I was practically lined up in the direction I needed to go from the merging street, and I'd launched it enough to feel comfortable that I wasn't going to stall it, etc, and cause myself to become a speed bump to the 60mph traffic.

As usually, I eased out the clutch, letting it slip as I reved up. Only this time I let the process happen more quickly than usual, and let the revs get up higher than usual (around 10k which happens to be my torque peak).

Now, I used to think that I had launched it pretty hard before, but no. I didn't. THIS was a hard launch. Almost instantly I felt the front end get light, and as I rolled on the throttle, the front end smoothly rose skyward (to about 10:30), and as I shifted into second and rolled on the throttle slower, it eased back down the ground.

I should have been scarred witless, but I wasn't. Mostly because I didn't have time to really think about the fact that my front tire was off the ground. Now though, the feeling is hard to describe. On the one hand, I wish I could have seen it from 3rd person. On the other, I realize that had my instincts acted differently and caused me to freak out rather than just go with the flow, I'd probably be in traction at the least, if not dead.

All in all, it was the coolest feeling every, now I'll never do that again.
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S’pose most will have this type of experience at some stage. Mine was I was looking for an address in a residential area, doing about 30km/h (~18mph) probably in 4th or 5th. As I went past this one house two rather vicious looking dogs came charging out and I decided that I didn’t feel like hanging around – I had a second or so, so tapped down a few times (had no idea what gear I was in then) and just in case I was still in 2nd or 3rd, took a handful of throttle and let the clutch go… The bike reared way up, and I really don’t know how I kept calm because it could not have been far to go to have been on my back. Funny thing is, once I got it down and under control I looked in the mirror and the dogs were outta there in a big way – dunno if it was the sudden engine noise, or the fact that this ‘thing’ suddenly got a whole lot taller, or both… Afterwards I got to thinking what could have happened if I fell, lying on the ground with two dogs to entertain…

:???: :mad: :???:
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