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. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    I learned on a DT 175 Yammie when I was 15. I learned the balance point by going past it, not letting go, and diving back onto the seat. Did that a few times, and I was on my way. Got real good at it in the dirt, but really have no desire to do it on the street.
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  2. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    It IS useful offroad and even occasionally onroad to clear obstacles , but balancing for distance , I don't care WHO you are or how good you think you are , EVERYBODY goes over sooner or later.:deal
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  3. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

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    I have a wee, and suck at wheelies too. I've only wheelied it twice in 30k. Both times unintentionally while going through the same intersection. rad on first from a light while crossing an intersection where the cross street road crown goes through the intersection. With that, up she comes. All other times, I can get on it pretty much full throttle and the front stay down. I have a steel skid plate and sw-motech bars which all add a bit of weight to the front.

    It will do it, but extra weight of the plastic and headlights up front make it resist a little. Also I suspect the softened suspension of an aged/unmodified wee, probably doesn't make it any easier.

    From what I've been told, most any bike can wheelie. It is just some riders, don't normally come close to the necessary inputs to make it happen. I have a WR250R also, and have seen other rider on them loft the wheel all the time, but for me, it doesn't seem so easy.
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  4. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    You can do wheelies on a bicycle with NO horsepower.:lol3
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  5. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    No..you can't..:deal


    :lol3
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  6. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    Pretty much.

    I did one on my ex's Ultra Classic....with her on the back. She was less than amused. She was also convinced that it couldn't do it. :lol3
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  7. johnson

    johnson Been here awhile

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  8. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    This...this is where I struggle...
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  9. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    Bullshit the rear brake is useless just ask anyone































    :hide
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  10. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Off asphalt..when I clutch my bike..it just spins the rear when I dump it back out..:dunno

    Play with it all the time..

    I have zero problem bringing front up on throttle for off road obstacles..or carrying front off a bump..can go a ways..just can't get it up..:lol3..to start on a road or flat ground..etc..(with clutch)
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  11. xymotic

    xymotic Long timer

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    In the Tech industry we refer to that as a PEBKAC error:wink:
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  12. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    aka
    PEBCAK, PICNIC, PIBCAK, POBCAK and (my favorite) the ID-10T fault.

    ....in the motorcycle world we call it the broke nut on the seat :lol3
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  13. LittleRedToyota

    LittleRedToyota Yinzer

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    move your weight back further (and maybe let some air out of your rear tire).

    also, though not necessary just to get the rear to bite and bring the front up instead of spinning, preload the suspension a bit...think pogo stick.
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  14. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Sittin' on the fackin' fender...I think I rev it too much..then pop clutch too fast..(on a 2 stroke..) (with a trials tire..)
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  15. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    :fitz



    :lol3
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  16. Auto-X Fil

    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

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    Slide back on the seat as far as you can. Sit bolt-upright, no leaning forward.

    Get rolling forward in 1st gear at low speed. Go to wide-open throttle. Just before the power really builds, give the clutch a quick pop - just in and out real quick and smooth. Stay upright during this - don't lean forward when you pop it, but didn't jerk back, either. Keep the throttle wide open as you pop it, and only come off the gas once the front wheel is airborn. There's a LONG time between take-off and looping it, so you'll have time to cut the throttle and bring it back down if it comes up too fast/high for your liking.

    If it doesn't come up with a quick pop of the clutch in 1st, make sure you are scooted WAY back on the seat, and try again with a little more clutch. Still WOT the whole time, just be a little slower on the clutch so that the revs build a little higher before you let it out.

    I haven't ridden a Wee, but dang near anything will lift if you do that. I would expect a Wee to do that in 2nd. Try it at different speeds, too - 10mph, 15pmh, 20mph.
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  17. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    yup, preloading the front is usually the key. a bone stock DR should pop up easily in third when you get it right. and in fourth when you do the jetting and airbox mods. this vid shows the preloading fairly well.

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BQeMmKsyjgI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  18. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    You make it look easy.^^
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