klr650 Wheelie?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by epolac, May 20, 2005.

  1. epolac

    epolac Forever n00b

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    Hello Fellow KLRISTAS:
    I've been getting this curiosity to learn how to pop a wheelie on the klr650.. Please don't laugh.. I have seen pics of KLR650 on one wheel.. so I guess the bike CAN do it.. I just don't know how.

    The reason I would like to learn is that if it ever were to happen 'accidentally' I would (hopefully) not freak out and crash if I know how to control it, and it might be useful (overcoming an obstacle on the ground) and not just a "show off"
    FWIW, I just put an pair of MCE Karoos, in case that has any effect on the "ability" of the bike to pop-a-wheelie.

    thx for your input!
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  2. Loadedagain

    Loadedagain making chips

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    it will not happen accidentallllly unless you chop the throttle in first gear like a fuckin lunatic... in which case you'll prolly be sittin on the road anyway, so you wont have to worry about riding out of it...

    i wouldn't try doin it just yet. get a whack of seat time and one day you'll just realize you've been wheelyin for a few miles.
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  3. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia Tamer

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    A KLR's what I learned to do a balanced wheelie on. It's a wheelie machine

    I tell ya. In first, you can launch it as you're pulling away, in second with

    a hint of clutch. Got to where I could start in 2nd and keep it up for nearly

    a mile ending up in 5th before I put it down.
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  4. terry.mc

    terry.mc Stop ruining my vacation

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    Check your frame for stress marks :)

    I learned some technique on my WR and refined it quite a bit on my XR100.
    Now that I have a better feel for it I can get some good wheelies out of a F650 with luggage on it :D
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  5. Quig

    Quig Been here awhile

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    This has worked on any thumper ive tried, real simple 1st gear trick without using the clutch or yanking on the bars.
    Accelerate from a crawl, then let go the gas until you come to a crawl again (engine braking), then give 'er and it should go up.
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  6. AusieRob

    AusieRob Just Gas It!!

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    First, I'd suggest, lightening the bike. keep the fuel low, no additional luggage and stuff...

    Find a big open area, I'd prefer hard dirt.

    Start small, rolling along 3-5 MPH, 1st gear, pullin' the clutch, rev up the engine and let go the clutch. You are aiming to get the wheel 1" of the ground... do that a few times till your comfy with it. Then work your way up, more revs, sit back on the seat, etc... When you are comfortable with getting 1 foot of the ground practice stomping on the rear brake to pull it down. Do that about 20 times till its second nature. This will save your butt if ever you get it "too high". :eek1
    Then practice... :thumb

    Or get a KTM, just turn it on an GO!! :D
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  7. dhaynes

    dhaynes Alpha geek

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    The problem is the CV carb. The power doesn't roll on until quite a few milliseconds after the throttle opens and makes it difficult to wheelie. Gotta figure out how many fractions of a second after cracking the throttle to transfer weight.

    I put a jetting kit on mine and the best benefit was drilling the slide and the increased throttle response that gets. It was fun to wheelie before but took a bit of planning to do one. With the slide drilled, it lofts the front end when you expect it and makes it easier to maintain balance.

    I'm also down one tooth on the countershaft which makes things easier too. Still second gear wheelies require a good sized bump or abusing the clutch... something I'm allergic to.
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  8. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia Tamer

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    Oh that piece of poop's been gone for 4 years. Yep, bent the frame, never

    wrecked though :huh .





    :evil

    :D
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  9. HomeMadeSin

    HomeMadeSin Been here awhile

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    I still don't think it can be done w/o poppin' the clutch, 2 oz of fuel, one of the Olson twins riding it while facing up a very steep hill.


    Z
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  10. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    You need to atleast try it with just the throttle..

    nail the throttle in 1st gear when she's turning about 1500-2000 rpms, and she'll loft if with out no stinkin clutch... Drilling the slide helps, but I did them all the time before I ever drilled the slide..
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  11. Fat Toney

    Fat Toney Long timer

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    you don't need the clutch...but it does help to have the tank half empty
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  12. Max Power

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    Hello Fish..... We need you in isle 6..... again.

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    Some dude needs wheelie info.
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  13. dgriss1

    dgriss1 mountain to medicine man

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    funny you mention fuel level....
    last fall I learned to ride a motorcycle and bought a KLR. I pulled out of work too fast (who does not want to leave the place they work at 100 mph) and popped a f@cking huge wheelie (not on purpose). 2 blocks down the street I ran out of gas- so now that you guys mention the fuel level thing, it all makes since because I have not been popping wheelies lately but I have been keepin' her topped off.
    BTW. I walked 20 mins to get gas b/c as a newbie rider, I forgot about the reserve fuel. What an idiot!
    dave
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  14. HomeMadeSin

    HomeMadeSin Been here awhile

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    I'm not foreign to wheelies....usually fighting to prevent them on my CR500. Low fuel, 1st, jet kit, pull hard, airbox cover off, I've tried it all. I must have a dud.

    Second gear wheelie in a KLR:rofl you're killin' me.

    Z
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  15. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia Tamer

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    ??????????

    What? You don't think it's possible off the clutch?

    I KNOW it's possible. Did about a thousand of em. No, seriously.

    Came up easy pesy in second. Third was another matter entirely.weren't happnin.
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  16. Shakey

    Shakey Adventure Hooligan

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    I am built like a male silver back gorrilla and figured my fat ass and center of gravity very far foward prevented me from wheelies on my KLR .:rofl

    A riding buddy taught me a different technique.
    1st gear
    Fat ass slightly back :lol3
    Crack(ok no ass crack jokes)throttle while at same time
    press down or push hard on pegs and pull up on on bars (note not yank)
    Up she comes.

    As for second gear start wheelies... I am sure a better... less apeish shaped rider could do it.
    But I bet he or she cant do a chest pound like me .
    Scuse me I have some lice to pick.
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  17. mromo98

    mromo98 Adventurer

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    it can be done, not by me though

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  18. carlrf

    carlrf Been here awhile

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    Like the other guy said, no problem! Just get into it. I wheelied by my boss on his Hardley on the way home the other night, what fun that was! And yes, my bike was real dirty and I had just skidded to a stop sideways beside him at a stop light. :eek1 Stock motor and carb, with one tooth drop on the countershaft sprocket. And with full tank bag, tail bag and a fender pack.
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  19. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    Three kinds of wheelies.

    1) Power wheelies - Induced by engine power (or final drive gearing).
    The best kind.

    2) Clutch wheelies - Induced by fanning that clutch (not dumping it).
    Hard on the clutch, but hey, they're cheap.

    3) Preloading wheelies - Throttle chop or "bouncing the front end".
    You are using compressing the fork springs when you chop the throttle, then using the stored energy of the expanding fork springs along with the torque of the engine (and body mechanics if you yank on the bars/sit your ass to the aft of the seat) to get the front wheel off the ground.

    Of all three the power wheelie is the easiest to control and the funnest to perform.

    Of course you could always put a 62 tooth rear sprocket on it, that would guarentee wheelies in 1-3 gears.


    The previous owner of my KLR put a 16 tooth countershaft sprocket on it.
    That does nothing for power wheelies.
    I have a 45 tooth rear sprocket and both a 15 and 14 tooth counter shaft sprocket coming (along with a new chain) so I will find a combo I like.
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  20. strongleftleg

    strongleftleg Rider on the storm

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    I have a buddy whos ridden dirtbikes all his life, could do little wannabe wheelies. This summer he went from a klx300 to a KTM450SX. All of a sudden he's a wheelie master! All about the power wheelie. Making bad riders look cool. It's magic!!
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