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Offline silentbob

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Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:45:18 pm »
So on Tuesday I'm commuting home on William Nicol and this bloke on what looked like a KTM 950 Super Enduro with a KINI Red Bull sticker kit (to the owner ... nice bike) pushes past me... OK, slightly not impressed because if he has just waited 30 seconds there would have been ample space and I did not have to almost have my handle bar clipped.

I however catch him at the next light and the moment it turns green he fly's off and so it goes for about 8 lights (I guess though some folk have this absolute need to be the first to stop at the next traffic light). Racing off like that is however not my problem and since I'm riding my speed behind him, I'm not really bugged by it. What however did bug me was this absolute need of his bloke to pop a wheelie and try hold it for as long as possible (or at least till he caught the tail end of traffic) from each and every friggin' traffic light. Heck the one light he even stopped the bike on a front wheelie.

This blokes skill on the tar is OBVIOUSLY far superior to mine and impressive (I can't wheelie and I don't really care to either) ... but really, that sort of riding is just immature and reckless in my opinion. If you want to pop wheelies, fine ... go pop wheelies on a track where you don't pose a hazard to your fellow road users, because quite honestly everyone just looks at this and thinks "<insert Afrikaans word for a box here>".

So my question is why? Why this need to act like a "<insert Afrikaans word for a box here>" and pop wheelies during afternoon traffic? I just don't get it. Please explain.

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« Last Edit: May 02, 2013, 11:47:10 pm by silentbob »
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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2013, 11:49:07 pm »
Just smile and wave.. I have yet to find one of those okes who haven't seen their asses at some point. Amazingly when they do see their ass it is the bikes fault you know.  :laughing4:

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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2013, 12:01:06 am »
I have never heard a guy that can wheelie, complain about another guy popping wheelies in traffic.

It is always the non wheely okes making a fuss.

Why? Please explain.
 

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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2013, 05:01:23 am »
When I still had my SE I did the same quite often.
You just cant help it on the SE it is so easy to wheely and loads of fun.
Tour has my old SE now and those of you thats been riding with him will know he now also has the habit of wheely almost everytime he pulls away.

If it endangers other road users you should not do it, I agree with you.
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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2013, 06:34:58 am »
I agree go wheely somewhere where there aren't as many lives at risk..
 

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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2013, 06:43:19 am »
Wrong forum bud. Go try those safety conscious okes with their bright vests and banners. This site likes wheelies (the ones who can wheelie anyway)
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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2013, 06:52:14 am »
I agree with Dwerg. The guy obviously knows what he's doing and if he pulls away ahead of the traffic then he's only really endangering himself.
 

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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2013, 06:55:59 am »
I have never heard a guy that can wheelie, complain about another guy popping wheelies in traffic.

It is always the non wheely okes making a fuss.

Why? Please explain.

 :laughing4: you need to ready his post again..
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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2013, 06:57:55 am »
Cry me river, not this shit again???
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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2013, 07:03:53 am »
Hmmmmm
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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2013, 07:06:49 am »
I wheelie all the time

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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2013, 07:11:06 am »
Die enigste gevaar wat ek sien elke keer as iemand wheelie is dat ek amper my kombi afskryf om vir my seuns te wys hoe daar iemand is wat wheelie en dan vra hulle my waneer gaan Dad dit leer doen
 

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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2013, 08:01:32 am »
To wheely in traffic is soooo dangerous, motorists rubber-neck to look and thus drive over poodles and small ducks and pavements, where they may hit a pram.
 

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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2013, 08:06:17 am »
I always give the guys a big thumbs up, so does everyone else around, small kids and not so small kids stand next to the road and show "wheelie" with their hands in anticipation, most people like it and think "Cool" not twatwaffle!

So yes - those who can - gooi us a show, why don't you  :thumleft:
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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2013, 08:08:36 am »
Hmmm --

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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2013, 08:08:55 am »
Wish it was me :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
If i had to explain you would not understand anyway......
 

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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2013, 08:13:14 am »
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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2013, 08:19:27 am »
Barring the obvious fact that popping incessant wheelies is reckless (to some of us) and illegal (yes it is) it is bad for your engine... :pot:

I would never buy a bike that had been ridden in this style... :sip:

However... like the 4x4 guys say... "as ek kan dan sal ek". A good wheelie is always impressive... :biggrin:
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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2013, 08:31:03 am »
Rob - you'd be surprised how little stress a properly executed wheelie on a big bike puts on the engine.
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As to the 1st question - 'want hy kan'

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I also agree on not doing it when endangering others though.

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Re: Popping Wheelies in Traffic
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2013, 08:31:28 am »
Onthou net om nooit te staan en wheelie nie... Netnou lyk dit of jy dans...

En onthou asb ook volgende keer voor jy wil wheelie: jou bike is nie daar om te geniet nie, so trap in jou spoor!!!

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