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    Wheelie poppin R1100RS. It this OK?

    Hey guys I've been riding wheelies a few times a week on my 1997 R1100RS. It's alot of fun, I don't use the clutch, I just twist the throttle in first or second at a higher RPM. And it stands straight up. I've got the M97 transmission, absolutely no gear grinds, pop outs or any other issues. Bike has 87K miles now.

    I'm not rough by any means, I ease it up, and ease it down. Should I be worried about breaking something? I don't let the front end slam down.

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    No comment positive or negative; but a detailed video would be much appreciated.

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    Constant wheelies will eventually cause the driveshaft cush (torsion damper) to let go.
    The GS crowd sees this happen.
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    This Thread is Worthless Without Pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tps3443 View Post
    Hey guys I've been riding wheelies a few times a week on my 1997 R1100RS. It's alot of fun, I don't use the clutch, I just twist the throttle in first or second at a higher RPM. And it stands straight up. I've got the M97 transmission, absolutely no gear grinds, pop outs or any other issues. Bike has 87K miles now.

    I'm not rough by any means, I ease it up, and ease it down. Should I be worried about breaking something? I don't let the front end slam down.
    How old are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tps3443 View Post
    Hey guys I've been riding wheelies a few times a week on my 1997 R1100RS. It's alot of fun, I don't use the clutch, I just twist the throttle in first or second at a higher RPM. And it stands straight up. I've got the M97 transmission, absolutely no gear grinds, pop outs or any other issues. Bike has 87K miles now.

    I'm not rough by any means, I ease it up, and ease it down. Should I be worried about breaking something? I don't let the front end slam down.
    My view, if you have to ask the question, " breaking something " be prepared for the answer, yes.
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    I didn't think it was common for a M97 transmission, R1100RS to strip the splines on the input shaft.

    I don't fan the clutch, or use the clutch at all. I just roll the throttle. I'll try and get some pics up today. That's if I can convince my pillion to get off, and take a picture of doing her least favorite thing. Doing a wheelie!.

    These bikes wheelie easier than my Ninja 900 did.

    It's alot of fun!

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    Here in BC you can get your bike impounded for doing wheelies, it's classified as stunting.
    Don't know the laws where you are, as you have not filled out your profile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tps3443 View Post
    Should I be worried about breaking something? I don't let the front end slam down.
    It's a little known fact that BMW actually recommends that your bike be wheelied on at least a weekly basis. This strengthens things like driveshaft components and clutch assemblies. Also, it's much better to wheelie on crowded interstates during rush hour. This provides entertainment for car drivers near you and enhances the reputation that all motorcyclists have as law abiding citizens.

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    This is the fun in bikes! The front end will lift quite often. There are alot of roads near me in NC that makes both wheels lift even while going the speed limit. I mean didn't BMW incorporate "Wheelie Control" in the newer bikes to prevent this? If I'm laying in to the throttle in first gear at the top of the rev range, and the road has a hump in it. The front end just lifts. I'm not a crazy driver, but I do feel that doing a couple WHEELIE'S a week is not that bad especially at low speeds.

    I couldn't imagine a R1200RS it weights about 90lbs less than my bike with 43% more HP!

    Also, I do not do wheelies in traffic. I'm a responsible motorcyclist. But I do make good use of the overgrown abandon parking lots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tps3443 View Post
    This the fun in bikes! The front end will lift quite often. There are alot of roads near me in NC that makes both wheels lift even while going the speed limit. I mean didn't BMW incorporate "Wheelie Control" in the newer bikes to prevent this? If I'm laying in to the throttle in first gear at the top of the rev range, and the road has a hump in it. The front end just lifts. I'm not a crazy driver, but I do feel that doing a couple WHEELIE'S a week is not that bad especially at low speeds.
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    My old RS lifts the front wheel pretty easily under throttle, as does my wife's R11GS. Yeah, doing that is just part of fun riding!

    That said, I have experienced a driveshaft failure on the RS. It was probably around 120k miles but I don't have a record of it. That bike got a lot more full-throttle riding than the GS ever did so I bet that driveshaft led a hard life.
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    Just don't get caught doing that in Canada, $10,000 fine for "Stunting" Impounding of bike for 7 days + storage fee at over $100 per day + towing fee over $200 + 6 demerit points.

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