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I'm a Rookie, How do I Wheelie?
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Join Date: November 17, 2003
Location: Bethesda, MD
December 2, 2003, 01:07 PM

My opinion doesn't matter any more than yours, but nowadays... unless you begin on a bike with the limited accelerative capacity of a Rebel 250 or comparable, it makes little or no difference whether you spend six months learning on an R6 or an R1. The safety difference is almost too marginal to measure.

However, it's after the learning curve flattens out (post six months) that you're going to increase your skills more confidently on a middleweight than on a liter bike. Ideally, I think a newbie street rider should spend six months on a 250, then a few years on a 600, and if interested, step-up to a liter bike after that.

Again, that's just MY ideal. Budgets are a factor, among a dozen other things to think about when you buy a bike. Like someone has said before me, a modern 600 is faster than literbikes were ten years ago. Thank goodness they're also a lot lighter. Now I'm already sick of this discussion, but saddened to hear someone was killed. You guys know it wasn't the R1, right?

Johnny V.
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