So in the absence of my beloved Hornet 900 (hub destroyed by rear wheel bearing destroyed by hacked up chain and too many crap wheelies, it would seem), dear Cheng has consented against her better instincts to let me commute on her Across. I've just about had it with this 250cc caper, I can tell you. Brakes, suspension, chassis and of course the engine feel piss weak. Not that I'm complaining, mind! But in the spirit of solidarity with my quarter-litre bound brothers (and because I was abused mercilessly by a little kid when I went to take off without giving him a mono last night - oh, the shame), I thought I'd see if I could wheelie the thing. And the answer is YES, in a very crap manner, but definately. The technique is somewhat simpler to explain than on a bigger bike: 1) Crawl along at walking/jogging pace in first gear 2) Pull in clutch all the way 3) Hold in clutch for as long as it takes to crank the throttle all the way around to the stop and hold it there 4) Dump clutch 5) Crap wheelie! I've got it consistently coming up a foot or two. I can also happily confirm that crap wheelies are much less frightening on a wee bike than on a larger one. On the Hornet I'm fearing for my life, as a bit of extra twist has it shooting up and threatening to act as an ejector seat. On the Across it's more like "Awwwwwww, ooo did a widdoo wheewieee... How cute!" Now, as I have destroyed vital parts of my own bike in the pursuit of crap wheelies, I feel it is prudent to stop this nonsense on Cheng's bike. But all you 2fiddy riders out there, youuuu can dooo ittttt! Crap wheelie-man, over and out.