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    How to wheelie

    I'm trying to learn how to wheelie. This is the first bike I've had where lifting the front wheel is fairly easy.

    I've been using the "technique" of using first gear and then quickly increasing throttle to get the front wheel off the ground. I am getting the wheel up to about 10 maybe 11 o'clock but I can't keep it up there. I am afraid to go over my back so I tend to cut off the throttle. I assume that over time I will not be so worried about going over backwards. But in the mean time, I feel like I will be getting new fork seals somewhat soon!

    So, I am asking for some advice.

    1) Am I using the "best" technique to wheelie?
    2) Should I be covering the rear brake?
    3) How do I get to the balance point? Is it a matter of balancing by use of throttle or should I use my body to balance?
    4) Do you sit or stand?
    5) If I am sitting, should I lean forward, remain neutral or lean back?
    6) Any other tips?

    I appreciate any help that you can give me.

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    Re: How to wheelie

    I too am a 1st gear power wheelie kind of guy. I get the wheel to start coming up then apply more throttle as needed to keep it up. I have had troubles with running out of rpm's doing this. Eventually you hit the rev limiter and things fall to shit at that point. I'd love to learn how to clutch it in 2nd or 3rd, but I have't taken the time to practice. As far as balance point, I don't think I have the balls to find it. At least not on this bike. I'd hate to have to bail out and watch her slide down the road in a shower of sparks.

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    Re: How to wheelie

    You are doing better than me. I can ride it for maybe 15 feet or so. I too am afraid of going over and dumping her.
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    Re: How to wheelie

    This video was very helpful:


    There's a point in the video where the instructor says "stop here until you master what we've covered so far".

    I don't know what's in the rest of the video.

    Dfib's thread on here is also EXCELLENT.
    https://www.thespeedtriple.com/Forums...p?topic=1066.0

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    Re: How to wheelie

    I was going to recommend the same as paul99se. But I was feeling to lazy.

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    Re: How to wheelie

    Thanks for the help fellas! Imma watch the video and read the thread later. I did do some researching in the forums but most of it was more advanced than I needed. This one looks right up my alley. Thanks again.

    Quote Originally Posted by paul99se
    This video was very helpful:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...6&q=motorcycle

    There's a point in the video where the instructor says "stop here until you master what we've covered so far".

    I don't know what's in the rest of the video.

    Dfib's thread on here is also EXCELLENT.
    https://www.thespeedtriple.com/Forums...p?topic=1066.0
    Quote Originally Posted by 2doggs
    I was going to recommend the same as paul99se. But I was feeling to lazy.
    Ride with confidence. Not your ego.
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    "Hey, for some reason I pictured you on a bigger bike!" Said all too often


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    Re: How to wheelie

    Its all about practice. Don't sweat how long you can carry it, get good at lifting and setting down gently. The hight and length will come in time.

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    Re: How to wheelie

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Train

    1) Am I using the "best" technique to wheelie?
    2) Should I be covering the rear brake?
    3) How do I get to the balance point? Is it a matter of balancing by use of throttle or should I use my body to balance?
    4) Do you sit or stand?
    5) If I am sitting, should I lean forward, remain neutral or lean back?
    6) Any other tips?
    I'z be no pro, but here's my answers to yer questions...

    1) I learned exactly how you are, powering it up in 1st. Be very careful though, because you will learn, 1st gear is the touchiest when trying to learn how to wheelie. Take baby steps, once you learn to carry the wheel decently in 1st, try switching to 2nd or learn to clutch it up in 2nd(my preferred method)

    2) Of course you should cover the rear brake. Although, I believe JakeT said it best once, even though I do cover the rear brake, I'm not sure it would help much if the situation ever arose, because I've never practiced actually using it.

    3) The actual balance point is fairly high on this bike. I still can't nail it every time. But I achieve it by throttle and body position(it helps to lean back a little), see look amme go.



    and actually, the higher you bring it, the closer you are bringing the tank to yer chest also.

    4) I'm a *****, I sit.

    5) refer to # 3.

    6) NO!




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    Re: How to wheelie

    Thanks mang. Nice wheelie!! I;m working on it.
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    Re: How to wheelie

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Train
    I'm trying to learn how to wheelie. This is the first bike I've had where lifting the front wheel is fairly easy.

    I've been using the "technique" of using first gear and then quickly increasing throttle to get the front wheel off the ground. I am getting the wheel up to about 10 maybe 11 o'clock but I can't keep it up there. I am afraid to go over my back so I tend to cut off the throttle. I assume that over time I will not be so worried about going over backwards. But in the mean time, I feel like I will be getting new fork seals somewhat soon!

    So, I am asking for some advice.

    1) Am I using the "best" technique to wheelie?No, clutching it up is the way to go for a good long whoolie.
    2) Should I be covering the rear brake?Yes, always cover the rear brake.
    3) How do I get to the balance point? Is it a matter of balancing by use of throttle or should I use my body to balance?Your body plays only a small role in balance point. If the bike is at balance point you will be able to pull the clutch in without loosing your whoolie. If you can't do this your not high enough
    4) Do you sit or stand?1st gear clutch/sit> 6000RPM shift get to BP and use brake to control it. 2nd gear stand, use your body weight to compress the fork and quickly shut and reopen throttle, then lean back keeping your knees bent
    5) If I am sitting, should I lean forward, remain neutral or lean back? Doesn't matter unless your whoolie is gahbage
    6) Any other tips?You think that your front tire is higher than it is.

    I appreciate any help that you can give me.

    NT

 

 
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