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Been wanting to wheelie my Z so bad, the riding position seems so inviting for shenanigans... but Im not gonna lie, I'm hesitant. Its got way more torque than my 636 and I obviously dont want to loop it. So I was wondering if anyone here pays attention to where their RPMs are when they pull up the Z (in various gears). I wasnt an "expert" on wheelies on my 636 either so the learning process has transferred to my Z. Its an 03 if that helps. side note, I'm not out there giving us a bad name and screwing around in the streets, I practice on non public roads :)
 

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surely not as much gas or rpm as your 636 lol...i wheelie my z from almost every stop i never pay attention to the rpms but you dont need to be going more than like 10-15 mph before you bring it up.. Also prolly about half throttle then slip the clutch but its really about your body position than anything I find it way easier to slip the clutch just a little for the initial hop but then use the throttle and your body (lean back or forward) to bring it back to a balance point but im sure you will find what works for you best in just trying it. when i first started i asked soo many questions but really where i figured the most out and got better was just going to a parking lot way back off of a side road in an industrial complex after business hours and practice or play around till you get a feel for it and the more time you spend out there i promise the better you will get
 

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1st gear running 6k rpm, and then crank the throttle it will walk the front right up in the air. I have been toying with wheelies lately myself.
 

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Thanks guys! Im going to keep trying different methods and see what ends up working. I'll post updates of my progress
 

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Any luck?
 

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I recently sold my KTM supermoto and I spent most of my time on the back wheel. It's a miracle I didn't get busted. I'll be picking up my Z on Saturday and can't wait to loft that front tire. I'll keep you posted as for what works for me. It'll take time to build confidence. Just a little advice that may help. Try learning in second gear with a little clutch work. The higher gear in second will tame the power enough to help control the lift. First may be so responsive that over lifting could be a problem. Tap the rear brake if it happens.
 

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I have yet to pull the front up on my 05. I just got it a few weeks ago and am still getting used to it. I hovered the front tire under hard acceleration from a stop light but Im a little hesitant to try an full fledged wheelie. My last bike was a Ninja 650R which had a lot of torque for a parallel twin. I never rode one for a long way but enough to run out of gear and never learned to shift up to the next one. With the 650 Id run it in 1st or 2nd(forgot what RPM) but kept it in the midrange and very quickly close the throttle and quickly open it again and it came up very easily. I never clutched it up either...Something I will have to learn. But my 650R riding days were 3 years ago...Im back on 2 wheels after a bit of a hiatus so Im taking it easy for now.
 

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I have had my Z for about 3 years, and one before it for about 4 months. I just this year started to get comfortable with wheelies. Take your time, the bikes not going anywhere. The only one thats gonna hurt if you rush it is you. 1*
 

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i have had my z for about 5 years now. since i disabled my secondaries i can be barely rolling along at 2 or 3k rpms & small blips on the throttle will easily bring the bike up. so i have been practicing wheelies alot more here lately. i am by far no expert at it but now my bike will wheelie as easy as the vtwin sportbike i had b4 this one.
 

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i have had my z for about 5 years now. since i disabled my secondaries i can be barely rolling along at 2 or 3k rpms & small blips on the throttle will easily bring the bike up. QUOTE] you must weigh alot less than me, or your bike is just performing a hell of alot better. To power up a wheelie, I have to be running 5-6000 Rpm's or clutch up around 4000 Rpms. What gives? :dontknow:
 

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i have had my z for about 5 years now. since i disabled my secondaries i can be barely rolling along at 2 or 3k rpms & small blips on the throttle will easily bring the bike up. QUOTE] you must weigh alot less than me, or your bike is just performing a hell of alot better. To power up a wheelie, I have to be running 5-6000 Rpm's or clutch up around 4000 Rpms. What gives? :dontknow:
must be the weight, i weigh 170lbs. clutching it comes up a little 2 fast for me.
 

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must be the weight, i weigh 170lbs. clutching it comes up a little 2 fast for me.
I never clutch it, feels the same... comes up too fast. Maybe it is weight, I have about 70-80 punds on ya.
 

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Got an 03 Z1000 two weeks ago. My first bike. Rode my buddies GSX 650f before. not mine and not enough power to power wheelie and didnt want to learn clutch up on a friends bike. I am learning power wheelies on my Z now. I bring it to around 6000rpm in first and crack the throttle, she comes right up. You have to commit to the throttle crack though.
Havnt tried in second yet but want to. Any advice?
Also tried a few clutch up but found it just thudded into gear. Do you need to just let the clutch go or come off it quickly but with more control then just popping it?
Thanks

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Easy buddy...... calm down and take some pills. Welcome to the forum!
 

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I say ride your bike for a season first atleast, before trying wheelies. That said, coming from a stunt background, clutching is the smoothest, most consistent way to bring it up.
 

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Easy buddy...... calm down and take some pills. Welcome to the forum!

I am not an inexperienced rider. I have had my buddies gsx 650f for at least a month and as much as two for each summer for the past couple years. I also have a dirt bike. I am very comfortable on bikes. I have RIPPED my other buddies R6 as well as other buddies R1. I have great clutch control as well as throttle control. Now I want to learn the fun stuff.

So clutch up is much smoother and I am guessing easier to control? When I power it up because I cant change gears yet I find I run out of rpm. If I power it up high enough and let of slightly can I keep it running at a consistent speed as oppose to constant acceleration?
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I am not an inexperienced rider. I have had my buddies gsx 650f for at least a month and as much as two for each summer for the past couple years. I also have a dirt bike. I am very comfortable on bikes. I have RIPPED my other buddies R6 as well as other buddies R1. I have great clutch control as well as throttle control. Now I want to learn the fun stuff.

So clutch up is much smoother and I am guessing easier to control? When I power it up because I cant change gears yet I find I run out of rpm. If I power it up high enough and let of slightly can I keep it running at a consistent speed as oppose to constant acceleration?
Thanks
I didn't say anything about inexperience.... I was referring to this statment that you posted:

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Been riding for over 40 years, most of my generation are not interested in wheelies. Nobody i know does this.
We also do not do smokey burn outs and ruin a good tire.
I guess things just come to easy for young folks today. We respect our equipment.
Now if this is not stiring the pot for a fight i do not know what will.
Please do not slam to hard ,just having fun.
 
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