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I watched a video the other day, it had a Sporty out doing seemingly effortless power wheelies. I was wondering, how much horsepower is required to do this?
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could be a stock bike with the gearing changed. is what typical stunt bikes will do. super large rear sprocket will stand even a modestly powered bike right up.
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could be that much, used to do the schwin.
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I watched a video the other day, it had a Sporty out doing seemingly effortless power wheelies. I was wondering, how much horsepower is required to do this?
Here ya go...stock 883 gearing...see what was done to the engine at the beginning of the video.

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That is the one! So cool. In the old days we would knock a link out of the chain to make them wheelie better. Can you get a shorter belt?
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It takes a combination of speed, traction and the right RPMs to keep and maintain a wheelie. The more HP and the better the tires the easier the wheelie. More weight, the more HP/Torque you'll need. In 1975 I bought a brand new '75 Honda CB360 Twin, 395 lbs. and I don't even remember the tires, but with a lot of practice I got that 23HP? motorcycle to wheelie across a truck-stop parking lot and come down soft. It took just getting to know the bike. Practice ..Practice ..Practice
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That is the one! So cool. In the old days we would knock a link out of the chain to make them wheelie better. Can you get a shorter belt?
I'm not sure I understand how shortening the chain helps it wheelie. Is it just so you can adjust the wheel a little further forward without it falling off to make the wheelbase a tiny amount shorter?
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Yes. Like the inverse of ricers putting real long swingarms on to keep the front down.
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I can do a wheelie on a friken Vespa. The technique is opposite of the drag. Pull the handle bar and go up, on a drag you push, people even strap the front end.

Some can wheelie at 2 miles per hour balancing the bike.

Take some practice and the more you have practiced the slower you can do a wheelie.

The torque or HP don't count, technique and set-up do. Doing a wheel with a twenty over fork take more torque ??? with the right technique it can be done.
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Harleys are difficult, the balance point is waaaaaay up there and you run out of rpm quick. I can get the sporty up and hold it but my old dyna used to scare the shit out of me, never could balance it.
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