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Wheelie help

#1 Post by Chill » Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:41 am

Ok. So I have told everyone that will listen. I got my bike on one wheel finally. ( even if it was only an inch or two )

I am so excited that I can't stop thinking about it.

How do I get comfortable from here and how do I work on keeping it up?


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#2 Post by *chamorita* » Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:05 pm

Girl, keep going back to that spot and practice....
That's awesome....
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#3 Post by Chill » Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:52 pm

*chamorita* wrote:Girl, keep going back to that spot and practice....
That's awesome....
I think you might catch me out there hanging with the fellas as often as I can.

Thanks again for rolling with me.
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#4 Post by skarkburmer » Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:34 pm

Im not much of a stunna, i just like the curves but i sail a nice wheelie when required. I have more of a subdued style so standing wheelies are also not in my vocabulary, but here is what worked for me.
When i was learning to get comfy on the back wheel i would be mid range in 2nd (stock gearing on my 929, a 600 will likely need first) going up a hill, (Black rd, bear creek...)as i would pull up on the bars id apply full throttle for a second and then back out of it so i didnt keep going backwards. that would normally result in a nice smooth transition to the back and balance was easy to achieve.

dont worry about shifting for a while, just get more comfortable reaching the balance point. Once you can balance, or close to it, then you can worry about shifting.

Some people suggest first, but watchout because things can happen really quickly in first. Like going over backwards if you are at full throttle for too long.

Some people suggest fanning the clutch but that also adds another factor to the equasion and looping it out becomes more likely.

Always cover the rear brake but i have found that most people learning to wheelie never seem to be able to brake if they are going over, its a "oh crap!" moment and a lot of people chop out of the throttle which will help if you are not over too far. You want to cover the rear brake anyways, its good practice and when you are comfortable on the rear wheel you will be able to easily modulate the brake as needed. Try not to focus too much on your right hand.
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Re: Wheelie help

#5 Post by Big Cory » Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:33 pm

RachellePP04 wrote:Ok. So I have told everyone that will listen. I got my bike on one wheel finally. ( even if it was only an inch or two )

I am so excited that I can't stop thinking about it.

How do I get comfortable from here and how do I work on keeping it up?


Cory....Anyone?
I am sorry that I missed this. Like anything else, practice , practice , practice. Whatever you are doing so far to get it up a little bit, rip the throttle a little bit more to get it up higher. Take baby steps though and please cover the rear brake. But be prepared for an OH SHIT moment. I sure had one. Got the scar to prove it
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#6 Post by Scarlett » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:37 pm

rear brake is your bestest friend. better flopped on your side than looped.
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#7 Post by Chill » Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:46 pm

Ahh yes. I have certainly been practicing. I got some learning to do cuz I can't keep it up longer than a few seconds. I am discovering, I need to get over the throttle jitters and leave it open longer. Slowly but surely.

I am doing all this in 2nd gear. I get up to about 15mph, pull in the clutch with the index, rev up to about 9,000 rpms and let her rip. Works every time.

Now, as soon as I pop it, I roll off. It's a reflex. No body position movement, no standing no nothing. I think I will play around with the standing. Then the bike won't have to fight my body weight too.

Ok. In the event I don't get my hands on another bike anytime soon. I heard about changing out the sprockets. +2 in the rear, -1 in the front or something like that. What do ya'll think about that?
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#8 Post by Jello_Biafra » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:23 pm

That much of a gearing change on your bike will make freeway riding a headache. You'll be revving way too high at those speeds. :(

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#9 Post by Chill » Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:29 pm

Hey Kyle. I want to try the sprocket thing. Will you help me? :)
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#10 Post by CrashDummy » Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:13 am

Install a rack on the back of your bike and load it with about a hundred pounds of weight. Just before you hit the gas to bring the front up, stab the front brake for a split second to get the rebound effect as you hit the throttle. Let me know if this works , I've never tried it. :lol:
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#11 Post by Big Cory » Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:06 pm

RachellePP04 wrote: No body position movement,
ok two things, first , put your butt towards the back of the seat, You want to try to keep the momentum going backwards.

also, before you consider changing sprockets on your bike, BUY A 600. That is what you are going to end up doing anyway so dont waste your money trying to make a 500 into a 600, just buy a 600
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#12 Post by Chill » Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:45 pm

ok ok fine... I'm getting a 600 then. That is what everyone keeps saying. I would LOVE to have one of those new GSXR's. I can touch the ground soooo good.
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#13 Post by Scarlett » Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:32 pm

RachellePP04 wrote:ok ok fine... I'm getting a 600 then. That is what everyone keeps saying. I would LOVE to have one of those new GSXR's. I can touch the ground soooo good.

There's a salvage title fairingless F3 on craigslist for 2K!!!
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#14 Post by Jello_Biafra » Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:34 pm

If wheelies and faster riding is your goal then I have to agree with Cory, it's time to step up. However I'd suggest riding one before you buy one.. make sure it's something that you think you can handle and behave yourself with. The power to weight ratio on a sportbike is pretty crazy, and there's not always enough braking or tire traction to support it.

I won't tell you not to do it, that is your decision to make. :)

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#15 Post by Scarlett » Sat Oct 27, 2007 6:06 am

Scarlett wrote:
There's a salvage title fairingless F3 on craigslist for 2K!!!
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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