i guess i should have specified that i wanted to wheelie without beating the shit out of this thing. oh, that's right, i did. i am well aware of the ability to clutch it up in damn near any gear. i was under the impression that these things were wheelie mongers. evidently not. i am used to rolling it up with the throttle to the balance point and then sitting in the pocket until the road turns too sharp or i run up on traffic. thanks for the info martinfan30.
bad news is, this fat pig doesn't wheelie like i thought it would. good news is, a countershaft sprocket is a hell of a lot cheaper than a clutch job. here is a good question though -what is up with these tire locks? i'm 6' tall and weigh 220. think i will need the tire locks to keep from snapping the valve stems on the pavement???
really, as long as you don't burn your clutch up (by riding it and hitting the thorttle with the clutch half engauged) wheelies wont burn it up that fast..
Sure it might burn it a LITTLE faster.. but IMHO, I'd say the difference is say your clutch would normally go in 5 years, it will go in 4.. IMO..
I have 28k miles on my street bike (I know I know, totally different bike, totally different story)
but I know DOZENS of people in my town, who don't even ride wheelies, just ride normal, and they change their clutches at 10k, 15k, 20k.. DOZENS of people..
Mine is still on factory clutch! And this bike has been in my hands since 14k.. I just wheelie it ALL DAY!
Now I think slipping the clutch all days on wheelies does burn it a LITTLE.. But no more then launching it hard off the start
Hell now that I'm getting into more advanced tricks (like circles, and coasters) I get to where I'm slipping the clutch IN the wheelie, for 10+ seconds at times.. Working the throttle nad slipping the clutch to keep the bike from stalling out from going too slow
Anyways, whats a clutch cost, $70-$100? And about 2 hours to install max?
If you want to ride GOOD wheelies, the PROPER way is to use the clutch.
Clutch it up straigh to balance point, cover the brake to keep from going back..