Non-bikers are obsessed with wheelies. Witness the innumerable X-Treme Stunta videos on YouTube and the ubiquity of sportsbikes on one wheel in rap videos. We’re more interested in the challenge stringing together a perfect set of corners brings, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that many people first become interested in bikes through wheelies.
Enter the Wheelie Machine. By offering an easy, safe, accessible way for potential new riders to experience an exciting part of bike riding, this piece of equipment could help encourage more interest in biking. The company envisions the Wheelie Machine at bars, bike nights and amusement parks. We’d like to add dealers and bike shows to that list. A video follows the jump.
The Wheelie Machine is basically a dyno that doesn’t measure power, with
a pivot attached to the rear wheel. A strap connected to the front
wheel prevents the bike from flipping.
Of course, beset with insurance liability and the fear of draconian
legislation, the motorcycle industry understandably avoids any open
association with the stunt movement. We wish they’d lighten up and
appreciate this opportunity, which allows potential customers the chance to
experience the exhilaration of riding their products.