Should I learn to wheelie?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Hesaid, Oct 23, 2013.

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Should I learn to wheelie?

  1. Yes, it is a vital skill and you'd be a fool not to.

  2. Yeah, you might as well, it could be handy someday.

  3. Yeah, Chicks dig it.

  4. Yes, but only after you've gotten good at doing it in the car.

  5. No, it is not really useful.

  6. No, it is dumb and dangerous (just like all the best fireworks)

  7. No, it is the first step towards The Darkside.

  8. You should sell the motorcycle and all other worldly goods to become a Ugandan prairie dog hunter.

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  1. Hesaid

    Hesaid Long timer

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    Pretty much what the title says.

    I'll start by saying that I have no desire to perform any wheelies (again. I did one once, the story is buried somewhere in "Faceplants", we needn't look it up). In fact, I consider the tendency of the DR (in stock form) to not wheelie on throttle alone to be a plus. However, I've heard it said that there are times when lifting the front wheel is a good idea, or even a necessity, and I can certainly see where that might be the case. Most of these scenarios would be off road, which isn't where we spend most of our time. Gnarly single track isn't our style. But even Forest Service roads can get rough unexpectedly due to time and weather.

    So, what say you? Is this a vital skill? Will it help me overall, being as it's another facet of the bike's abilities/handling that's I'd be familiar with? Is it just an open door to the world of hooliganism?

    MV
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  2. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    Maybe I'm a minority, but I can't pull a wheelie on the road. There's just some mental block there that I've never been able to get past. Off road, though, I've never had a problem getting it up when I need to.....:evil

    Something about soft ground I guess. That said, off road, it is definitely good to know how to lift the wheel at a moment's notice.
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  3. caryder

    caryder Been here awhile

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    Based on what you've said, I'd say no.


    Chuck
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  4. xymotic

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    I would say lifting a wheel and a wheelie are two different things.

    I wheelie a lot, because it's addictive and fun as hell. It's also a TERRIBLE idea with very few redeeming qualities (outside of trials type riding) and a lot of risk, esp to insurance premiums:deal


    That being said, it's actually a lot harder to loft the wheel on dirt, and knowing how to compress the forks and change the bike's stance is most definitely a valuable skill, and lofting the front makes when you need to makes riding a lot better/safer.
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  5. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Very stupid poll.
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  6. randyo

    randyo Long timer

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    certainly a good skill to know how to handle a wheelie, I have found my front wheel in the air more than once when not planned
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  7. randyo

    randyo Long timer

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    what's wrong with the Darkside ?
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  8. Handy

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    Loud wheelies save lives...
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  9. storymitchell

    storymitchell Member of the proletariat

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    Getting some to all of the weight off the front tire can be a critical survival skill. I have had to ride over extremely large/deep potholes, a 2x4 spinning down the highway, and a dog. In each case, lofting the front tire over the obstacle was probably the difference between staying upright and tasting asphalt.
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  10. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    I will say I once won a game of Chicken with a big assed & mean german Shepard once I decided I was gonna hit anyway and the wheel came up:evil
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  11. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Still a stupid poll. Not a stupid skill.
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  12. James Adams

    James Adams non impediti ratione cogitationis

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    a full-face helmet helps with that part :lol3
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  13. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

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    I love riding wheelies, nothing luts a bigger smile on my face. Off road being able to brig the front over logs and rocks is good, but I wouldn't call that a wheelie.
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  14. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    If you twist the throttle it will wheelie in stock form..

    But if you own a DR and have not found that out yet you might want to leave the front tire on the ground..:D
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  15. Auto-X Fil

    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

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    The three categories of wheelies:

    1) Unweighting or lifting the front wheel. It's quick, not very aggressive, and very useful. The front wheel barely comes off the ground, but it's useful for getting over logs and the like. It's not particularly fun, and can be done with a quick weight shift and a little throttle on almost any bike.

    2) Sustained power wheelies. You've got the front wheel decidedly off the ground, but still a ways from the balance point. You're holding it up by being at full throttle, or close to it. This is very useful for getting through water without getting soaked or endo-ing. It's also really fun on a bike with the balls to hold one for a while.

    3) Balance wheelies. These are harder, and completely useless. They are stunting. They are riskier to do than a power wheelie, but can be done at lower speeds, since you have to accelerate hard to hold a power wheelie. I can't really do these very well yet, but I keep messing around because it's a fun thing to try and get. I only do this on my dirt bike, because I feel like looping it is not unlikely.
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  16. gravityisnotmyfriend

    gravityisnotmyfriend Long timer

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    Pretty much my position exactly! My KTM 620 will wheelie in 1st 2nd and 3rd just by rolling on the throttle. I like 3rd gear wheelies best - higher speed means more stability. It will wheelie in 4th, but it takes a pretty good yank. Compressing the front end helps too.


    I gotta agree here too. It hasn't bitten me yet, but I fear it's only a matter of time if I keep pushing it. I'd really like to get up to a full balance wheelie, but that's when I gotta ask... why? From a pure cost/benefit analysis, I'd be gaining nothing and risking a ton. But, what can I say? If I wanted to completely eliminate risk, I'd be driving a car.
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  17. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

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    Its fun to just coast down a country road for a half mile with the wheel sky high :D
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  18. LittleRedToyota

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    being able to loft the front and place it where you want it is a vital skill for technical trail riding. you aren't getting over any decent sized logs, rocks, etc. without being able to do it.

    you are also eventually going to bury your front in some mudhole or rut and superman over the bars if you can't do it.

    comes in handy on the street once in awhile, too...for getting the front over potholes, etc. (though you can usually just go around them or just ride through them and take the hit instead if you want.)

    being able to ride wheelies for long distances is not really useful in and of itself. however, the balance, throttle control, clutch control, rear brake control, etc. involved is very useful for all kinds of riding. so, while i would not say it is a very useful skill in and of itself, it certainly does hone some basics that can save your ass someday.
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  19. storymitchell

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    Yeah, that's what I thought would happen. Unfortunately the dog wasn't smart enough and/or fast enough to get out-of-the-way.
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  20. Crisis management

    Crisis management Latte riders FTW!

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    Why not learn to?

    It's a skill that teaches clutch, throttle, brake and balance control, what's bad about that?
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