How to wheelie?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by airheadpilot, May 8, 2007.

  1. airheadpilot

    airheadpilot Le Poulet du D├ęsert

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    All,

    I've got a problem. I can't seem to wheelie. Well, I have, but always on accident. I'm not interested in hooligan antics - riding down the freeway on one wheel and such, but occasionally it would be nice to deliberately and in a controlled fashion loft the front wheel to get over an obstacle. Seems that, when I goose the throttle on my XR650R all I get is tons of acceleration, but with both wheels on the ground. The harder I whack it open, the faster I go, but always on the level. What's the technique that I'm missing?

    Thanks!

    Andrew
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  2. Ceej

    Ceej Been here awhile

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    First gear, get the revs up a bit, close the throttle, compress the forks, on the rebound open the throttle, lean back, and pull up. I would recomend trying these in small increments. And make sure someone is there to see you fall so they can point and laugh.
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  3. Airhead

    Airhead More human than human

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    And keep your foot over the brake pedal!!!! That way, when you feel like you are going to flip over backwards, all you have to do is stomp on the pedal and the front end will come down. Try to resist the urge to throw your legs out behind you...that's how you get injured or get a foot caught between the chain and sprocket...:cry
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  4. bikeslut

    bikeslut Long timer

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    pointing up hill helps

    get back on the seat

    cover the rear brake, and keep the fingers on the clutch

    your R should wheelie easier than most bikes
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  5. alpiv

    alpiv Sr. nOOb

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    Check you jetting -- Uncork the thing and it should not have a problem.
    I use my weight to my advantage and put my butt as far back as possible and just use the power of the bike to get over things.

    Also, depending on your gearing it may help to lower it a bit.
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  6. B DIRT

    B DIRT Long timer

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    dude I can yank my R up in 5th with some body english, just hold the throttle WTFO and dump the clutch and make sure you get us some video :deal
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  7. getmedirty

    getmedirty Mr Magoo

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  8. ChrisC

    ChrisC Amal sex?

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    That's on your Ruckus, I suppose...? :wink:
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  9. Ted West

    Ted West n00b-ish

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    Yeah but then things start to skid off the tracks somewhere toward the middle. It kind of turns into this freakish movie script deal and then there is this whole Hillbilly/Deliverance theme that quite frankly makes me feel uncomfortable.

    Watch your back man is all I'm say'n :eek1
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  10. focallength

    focallength Long timer

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    I have a 600r in first and second I can power wheelie no problem. If I may be so bold I think you just arent being brave enough with the throttle. Its best to learn going around 2-5 mph then give it at least 1/2 to 3/4 throttle you will wheelie easy. I would not suggest doing it from a stand still as you will very easily find yourself with a completly vertical bike. I found this was the easiest way for me to learn. IMHO you dont need to compress the shocks and quickly releasing the clutch is a completly different technique, but at the same time one that can get you into alot of trouble if you are inxeperienced. Experiment with moving power wheelies they are the safest way to learn. Also shift your weight back more, if you ride the can the bike has to lift your mass as well as the front end. Good luck just get a little braver with the throttle and give it a good sharp opening.:D
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  11. bryantjt

    bryantjt Long timer

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    My buddy's 07 650L will pull roll on wheelies in first and second on the pavement. Are you sure you just aren't getting a ton of wheelspin with that acceleration? Heck my KLX250S will loft the front tire if I whack the throttle in first, OR if I'm sitting about halfway up the seat it will just break the ass end loose.
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  12. focallength

    focallength Long timer

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    yeah I think he just needs to man up and give it some gas!:D
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  13. bitterjoe

    bitterjoe killing the fatted calf

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    Sadly, I am going to post this link (click on the "download file" to get it to work right). Not that I have ever seen this website before... :shog

    I am wheelie deficient. :cry Every time I get it lofted enough to look good I am afraid I'm gonna loop it.
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  14. jpaige

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    You and me both brother. Been on the loop it end once too many.
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  15. getmedirty

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    That's why I ride sweep, so I can keep and eye on all you Hillbilly types!!!:kumbaya
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  16. WaterWheel

    WaterWheel Multi Talentless

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    :lol3

    I'm not even going to touch that one.
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  17. autolycos

    autolycos True vulgarian

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    Fixed
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  18. B DIRT

    B DIRT Long timer

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    what the fuck guys :dunno
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  19. hippopo

    hippopo hermit

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    I f you REALLY, seriously, want to learn how to wheelie this is the thread to go to: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173274 There is tons of advice, comments, people's experiences as well as humor, though at times it does tend to go a bit "out there". (and an ongoing movie script.:wink:)

    TEd, don't scare people off!!!:cob
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  20. Ted West

    Ted West n00b-ish

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    Prudent.

    I can't help it, it's my nature. You know, a scorpion and fox kind of thing. That being said, I would like to point out it was Zrod (not me) who stopped riding long enough to take a picture of a half naked man going to the bathroom. That's just plain "You got a pretty mouth boy" kind of scary :eek2.

    -T

    PS I did it again didn't I? :shog
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