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How to Wheelie - Thanx 2 Ratty & Gixxer for their Tips :

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' started by Guest, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. Speed and riding position for learning wheelies

    Its better for beginners learn wheelies in first gear. It is easier to
    launch the wheelie in first gear, and it hurts much less and breaks
    less stuff when you crash. :p

    There is more engine breaking in first gear. This means that you can
    ride a wheelie higher without the danger of looping it. It is also much
    easier to go from riding out first gear wheelies to second gear wheelies
    than vice versa. The only downfall to learning wheelies in first vs. seconds
    is that the wheelie won’t be as smooth. The throttle will feel much more
    sensitive. About 25km/h is a good speed to launch wheelies while
    learning; any slower and the wheelie may feel unstable to a beginner. I
    was recommended to start learning wheelies standing up with the left
    foot on the passenger peg, and the right foot on the front peg, covering
    the brake. While it may feel awkward at first to wheelie while standing,
    it will be easier after you get used to that part. Most people think it is
    easier to balance and control a wheelie standing up vs. sitting down. It
    is also easier to launch the wheelie from standing up.

    Why clutching wheelies is the best method for launching wheelies

    Clutching is by far the best way to get wheelies up, regardless of whether
    the bike has enough power to power it up. There are many advantages
    to clutching wheelies vs. powering wheelies. 1. It allows you to wheelie
    bikes that don’t have enough power to power it up. 2. You can wheelie at
    lower rpm’s, and therefore slower speeds. This allows beginners to keep
    a wheelie up longer, with out being at the balance point. 3. The launch is
    more predictable. When powering a wheelie up, the front end comes up
    relatively slow. Then when the front end is about 3 feet off the ground,
    the front end jumps up very fast under full throttle, making for a scary
    and unpredictable launch. When clutching up wheelies right, the front
    jumps up close to the balance point. From there you just play with the
    throttle to fine adjust the height. After a little practice, clutching becomes
    very predictable and not frightening at all.

    How to clutch wheelies

    There are a couple different methods for clutching wheelies. I prefer the
    second method.

    Method 1: First accelerate with the clutch engaged. Then, with the throttle
    still opened, pull in the clutch with one finger, to the point where the clutch
    disengages. With the engine still under throttle, quickly let the clutch back
    out as the tach is rising.

    Method 2: Close the throttle, and then pull the clutch in all the way, with
    one finger. Then twist the throttle and dump the clutch. When learning to
    clutch, only rev up the engine a little bit at first before letting out the
    clutch. This will give you the feel for clutching. Then gradually increase
    the rpm’s before dumping the clutch, until the front end jumps up close to
    the balance point. Reduce the throttle as the front end comes up to the
    balance point. If it comes up too far, gently push the rear brake to bring
    the bike back forward. When clutching second and third gear wheelies,
    the bike may need extra help, depending on what bike it is. If clutching
    alone doesn’t get the wheelie up, then bounce at the same time. This is
    done by pushing down on the bike at the same time you open the throttle,
    then pulling back at the same time you drop the clutch.

    Steering wheelies

    To steer wheelies which are over about 40km/h, you simply slowly lean in
    the direction you want to turn. However, to turn slow wheelies, you must
    first make the bike lean in the direction which you want to turn. For
    example, if you want to turn to the right, first, slowly lean to the right.
    Then quickly lean a little to the left / twist the handlebars a little to the
    left. This will cause the bike to start to fall to the right. Then, instead of
    completely correcting the lean, you keep the bike leaning at that angle.
    This will cause the bike to turn to the right.

    Using the rear brake: Slowing wheelies down

    Wheelies are slowed down by riding the wheelie behind the balance point.
    This is one of the hardest parts of learning to wheelie, not because of
    skill, but because of the balls required. To learn how to use the rear
    brake, you basically need to grow some balls, bring the wheelie up behind
    the balance point, and tap the brake. This process will become second
    nature. To slow a wheelie down, you must give the bike enough throttle to
    get the wheelie behind the balance point. Now if you get scared and push
    the rear break hard at this point, it will quickly bring the wheelie forward
    without slowing it down much. To slow it down, you must keep it behind
    the balance point by gently riding the brake.
  2. Re: How to Wheelie - Thanx 2 Ratty & Gixxer for their Ti

    No you can't. It's impossible, we have a thread yaaaaaay long that proves you can't steer with weight alone. *carefully places open can of worms on floor and backs away with evil glint in eye*.... :wink:
  3. is this just for bigger bikes or even 250's?

    looks good kishy
  4. nice

  5. Well lets just say it's not good for 250's... but it is possible.
    An accidental (or intentional :twisted: ) bit of quick clutching with 2 teeth off the front sprocket will see a 250's front wheel go skywards.
  6. Hey that's wheelie good.

    I like wheelies.

    I even like the word. Wheelie. Wheelie wheelie.

  7. I sooooo want to learn how to do this, but i'm too aprehensive to start clutching..... :cry:
    Any tips on what to expect when the front comes up for the first time? :oops:
  8. Loz.
    Our bikes were made for wheelie big monos. :D
    Hope the hornbag's goin well. :wink:
  9. Yes well currently I do wheelie crap ones off the power in first. Deano gave me the crappest wheelie award in Tassie.

    Must.... learn.... clutching.... to.... hoist.... mingers....

    I haven't had a lot of success with the clutch but then I haven't spent much time with it yet. Should have a ping at this standing up palaver.
  10. we should catch up and have a practice one day,cos i cant do them too.
  11. I think we'd all end up laughing too hard.

    "DUDE! That was CRAP! HAHAHAHAHA!"
  12. I need those engine bars like what the stunters have, so if (when) i bin it, there is minimal damage.....
    Loz. Are you leaning back when you power wheelie in 1st? :?
  13. Re: How to Wheelie - Thanx 2 Ratty & Gixxer for their Ti


    is it just me, or is the guy steering around a corner??


    cheers ratty
  14. fun

    well it was a suggestion
  15. Re: How to Wheelie - Thanx 2 Ratty & Gixxer for their Ti

    But look at his front wheel he is counter steering. :p :D
  16. Aw a little bit.

    Helps when Chengaleng or some luggage is on the back...
  17. The luggage didn't seem to help from where i was sitting. :p :LOL:
  18. QUIET YOU!

  19. kishy are you the rider that the police are trying to catch after doinga wheelie on Sunshine Ave? :LOL:
  20. "How to wheelie"

    One for the Old bastards like me. Do you remember when a 'wheelie' was something you did when you spun-up the back end of a car, and what is now a 'wheelie' on a bike, was called a 'mono'? Another bloody intrusion of 'yank-speak' into our language. :x