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Took my first ride on a true-blue racebike tonight. I borrowed said bike from a co-worker and took it for a spin in the parking lot. WOW. I didn't realize it was possible to wheelie clear into 4th gear, but apparently it is. I know, an awfully squid-ly thing to do, but luckily I nor the bike was damaged in any way. Yes, I had FULL gear on and I was simply applying a touch too much throttle. Brian (the owner) was laughing hysterically during this little exercise in terror...when it was over, I laughed too, albeit with shaky knees and poor bladder control (haha!). The bike was a Gixxer1000 with some different gearing (wondered why I had to shift so much), and a slightly shorter swingarm than stock (maybe that explains it!).

What have I learned, dear reader? NOT to play grab-ass with a no-shit bike, despite my years of experience riding. Beginners' error, I guess. No, I wasn't intentionally trying to wheelie, least of all in a parking lot where there were lots of very pricey autos around.

The kicker? Brian didn't tell me it was a racebike until AFTER I was through embarrassing myself. The bike was simply decked out in its street skins.

Silly me, ah well.....why is it I want to do that again? Arrrgghh!!

*Anti-flame suit ON!!*
 

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Why's that, man? Because I made an error in judgement? At least I can laugh about and I'm not busted up, you know?
 

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that's funny...so out of curiosity, what ws the pucker factor on that ride? 10 out of 10? I would LOVE to ride a serious race bike...maybe in the next year or so...
 

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silent_R1 said:
that's funny...so out of curiosity, what ws the pucker factor on that ride? 10 out of 10? I would LOVE to ride a serious race bike...maybe in the next year or so...
Yeah, 10 out of 10 sounds 'bout right!! I still can't figure out just what in the hell I was doing wrong. Oh wait, I know!! Being a dipshit by riding a bike that was a tad out of my league like I knew what the hell I was doing!! Ah well....glad you all got a laugh out of it, though.
 

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Chauncey said:
Took my first ride on a true-blue racebike tonight.
Sorry to break your heart, but a GSX-R1000 street bike is not a "true-blue" race bike, it's not anywhere close. I'm not saying the bike wasn't fast, but it takes more than a wheelie in 4th gear to make a race bike. :confused:
 

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Still, even if it wasn't a racer, it sure as shit felt like one :eek: to a noob like me!
 

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Well, I'm just glad your ok. Funny story tho. I can just imagine the look on your face :eek: and your wet boxers! :lol I prolly would of done the same!!
 

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so a gixxer1k isnt a race bike? why do they say that that these bikes can be pretty much entered into races off the showroom floor? huh fireboy? :confused:
 

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well in chauncey's defense, which guy was it took a bone stock R1 off the showroom floor (complete w/mud flap) and qualified for one of the AMA races a couple of months back? I seem to recall reading that w/each race they have done some upgrades to it. like the next race, it got a full system, the following it got suspension, etc...IIRC, the guy not only qualified w/it bone stock, but placed 13th in the overall finish...I can see where the Gix would've felt like a "true" race bike...
 

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silent_R1 said:
well in chauncey's defense, which guy was it took a bone stock R1 off the showroom floor (complete w/mud flap) and qualified for one of the AMA races a couple of months back? I seem to recall reading that w/each race they have done some upgrades to it. like the next race, it got a full system, the following it got suspension, etc...IIRC, the guy not only qualified w/it bone stock, but placed 13th in the overall finish...I can see where the Gix would've felt like a "true" race bike...

I believe the guy actually finished in 11th and it did have 1 modification, a rear shock. However, he was racing with the rear fender/mud flap/license plate holder still on! Was truly amazing.
 

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12RPilot said:
When I set down a second gear power wheelie on my ZX-10R I'm going about 120 mph. I can't imagine what speed a fourth gear power wheelie is. 150?
Yeah, and he did it in a parking lot.

Sure. Take your :bs elsewhere.
 

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4th gear power wheelies in a parking lot?

shorter swingarm?

in a parking lot wondering why you had to shift so much?

i have a hard time believing this story
 

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Me thinks.......that was Larry Pegram. That mud flap was a classic, for sure.
 
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