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Old 26th January 2019
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I know guys who can wheelie ANY bike, and ride out of sight on the back wheel. Watch some trials rider videos if you want to see impressive riding skill! Those riders can even make the bikes hop straight up in the air.
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I used to like wheelieing Bobcat skid loaders at work. Best one I did was after fitting a new engine at a customers site I popped the front up and went across the yard and spun it around on the rear wheels about 6 times.
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On my 2nd Sportster I made it goal to make it wheelie capable through sheer power rather than popping the clutch at takeoff, as underpowered steeds can do.


I'd recommend starting with an 883 since they have lower gearing. I did the 1200cc conversion using higher compression light weight Wiseco pistons, just a few ounces more than stock HD 883 pistons. I added HD SE .497 cams at the same time. Also, being a 2005 it had the Dynojet Thunderslide kit too.


Winding it up from a stop it would lift the front tire in 1st and 2nd. I only did this a few times just to verify it had gusto for it. I figured it couldn't be good for the primary chain/sprockets. As with a dirt bike having that kind of power on tap insures you can also lift the front tire properly on jumps. There was one railroad crossing on a favorite ride with just the right incline for some air and a smooth landing. The dealer also has this speed bump to slow down traffic which instead gave me the opportunity to pick it up on the rear wheel with just blip of throttle. No leaning back or puling the bars required.


Balancing is a whole nuther issue. I didn't go sky high or very far. I'm too old and heal too slow.
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I used to have a Honda Trail 90 that came with 2 sprockets on the rear wheel, one huge and one small for the street. If you wrapped the chain around the big one you could just about climb a wall.
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Most of it is just technique. I would think that with some practice you can do it with a stock 883.
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