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I know we have all seen this pic, but its just now that I found a bigger pic. I wanted to take it into PS and see if I can see any artifacts that might give it away as a fraud.



I havent done that yet, but seeing the larger one, I think this one could be legit. Looking at where the tailpipes touch, it looks like I would expect it to-maybe.



Also, the reflection in the rotor covers are appropriate for a bike that is elevated. If the bike were shot on level, then rotated in photoshop, the angle of the sky/grass reflection might be different.



Might be.



 

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I wonder why, though, the front wheel apparently isnt turning... I would expect it to freewheel a bit in a wheelie.
 

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From looking at the flat spot on the bottom of the back tire and the expression on the drivers face Id say its the real deal:shock:
 

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A 1500 with two up. I wouldn't want to bea fork seal on that bike when it came down. I'm suspicious but not aphotoshop expert.
 

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front wheel not turning and the front forks do not look fully extended ,,fake I say ..rider is holding his foot on the rear brake ?? no sparks from the tail pipes hitting the road .. yep fake ..:)
 

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I agree the reflection looks correct . The flat area of the tire looks right . The shadow of the looks ok. But then there seems to be a shadow going just about straight up the middle of the picture under the bike .What I would like to see is some sparks coming off the exhaust tips .
 

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The foot on the brake and the front shocks are the biggest question I would have too. The front wheel not spinning doesn't bother me, I've tried to take pictures back when I used my ole Minlota 35 of planes and helicopters in the air and would have the shutter speed wrong.
Yep,,, stop the prop dead still.
Look mom this airplane is about to crash.
 

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i'd have to clean my drawers if my bike did that with me on it.:)
 

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the bike is not in motion what they did was loaded the saddle bags with weights he then puts his foot on the rear brake lets out the clutch and the bike tips back so its rotating on the axel if you look at the rear tyre there is a lot of contact with the road thats not normal unless under inflated or over loaded
 

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real, look at the saddle bags, the shadow angle matches the rotor covers. As far as the rear wheel contact patch being too large, think about it, it is now carrying the full weight of the bike and 2 riders, so it will be alot larger than a normal contact patch.
 

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Look at the look on the drivers face. You can't just make that up, I'd say it is real. I know face expressions, I'm a professional at that.
 

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If that was my wife and I on there it would be easy to tell that it was real because I would be bleeding profusely from the wounds caused by my wife's finger nails clawing through my leather coat.
 

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Man that's a good looking bike!! :D

About the front wheel rotation, I'm not so sure it's not turning. Look at the tire. It appears a bit blurred. Below is a picture of my bike on US129. The wheel looks stopped, but the tire is a bit blurred.

I guess I'll just have to try it on my bike to see if it can be done. :dude: Not really, I like my fork seals working like they are supposed too. ;)

John

 

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I don't know if it is fake or not, but the fact that he has his foot on the rear brake pedal does not make it any less likely to be real. Keeping a foot over the back brake is a good way to keep from over rotating. I have done that many times on a bicycle.

Look at his right wrist. It looks like he is letting off the throttle. The chain of events could be-bike starts to over rotate-use a bit of back brake to control it (would also cause the front wheel to stop due to linked brakes)-roll off throttle to prevent more over rotation. If that is the case, then we might be seeing that moment just after the exhaust lost contact with the ground.
 

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I.m tempted to think its the real deal, either that or a lot of PS work, the rear wheel is blurred, the front wheel is not why, well the guy may have a little pressure on the brake pedal(profesional stunt riders always cover the brake pedal, as if they go to far they can press it and bring the bike back) causing that to slow or near stop the front wheel, when the photo was took the wheel appears stopped as the shutter speed was higher. the riders stance also seems right but you never know. It would be easy to blur the front wheel, if it was a fake you would think the guy would have blurred it also
 

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ok lots of opions now has any one on the forum done a wheelie on a 1500 and if so how the hell did you get it to stand up
 

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Real. The foot on the brake goes along with the right hand closing the throttle and bringing the bike down. The passengers head is leaned forward, and is looking at the horizon not up in the air. Sparks may not show up that good in the bright sunlight. Just my $.02.
 

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REAL.
This pic is from a British rag called "Bike". I read the issue in 2000 when I was in the UK backpacking. There's also a pic of 3-4 of the test riders on the bike, one sitting in the trunk, and maybe one in a saddle bag. The mag usually reviews top end sportbikes, and they were abusing the crap out of the GW and made fun of Honda for letting them borrow it for the review. I always remember the article because they were surprised with how well it handled.
I can see some sparks behind the tailpipes, they look like gravel, but it's always hard to see steel sparks in the daylight. You always cover the rear brake if you're going to loft it up to the balance point, and if he's hitting the rear brake that would stop the front wheel (the 1500 has linked brakes too right?) He's also chopping the throttle, which is what I would do if I had that thing up that high.
I've wheelied every bike that I've ever owned, but not the 1200. I think when it slammed back down to the ground parts would fly off. Roll about 15mph, pull in the clutch, rev it to 4k, then drop the clutch. I've got the 1200 front off the ground, but just to see if it would do it.
-kevin
 
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