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View Results: Should I learn to wheelie?
Yes, it is a vital skill and you'd be a fool not to. 38 20.32%
Yeah, you might as well, it could be handy someday. 51 27.27%
Yeah, Chicks dig it. 42 22.46%
Yes, but only after you've gotten good at doing it in the car. 16 8.56%
No, it is not really useful. 14 7.49%
No, it is dumb and dangerous (just like all the best fireworks) 8 4.28%
No, it is the first step towards The Darkside. 5 2.67%
You should sell the motorcycle and all other worldly goods to become a Ugandan prairie dog hunter. 13 6.95%
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Should I learn to wheelie?

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?

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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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.....

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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Old 10-23-2013, 07:10 PM   #3
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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?

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


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Old 10-23-2013, 07:34 PM   #4
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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


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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Old 10-24-2013, 05:41 AM   #5
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Very stupid poll.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:56 AM   #6
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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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Old 10-24-2013, 05:57 AM   #7
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what's wrong with the Darkside ?
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:58 AM   #8
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Loud wheelies save lives...
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:02 AM   #9
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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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Old 10-24-2013, 06:17 AM   #10
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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.
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
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:20 AM   #11
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Still a stupid poll. Not a stupid skill.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:26 AM   #12
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tasting asphalt.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:16 AM   #13
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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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Old 10-24-2013, 09:24 AM   #14
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Pretty much what the title says.

In fact, I consider the tendency of the DR (in stock form) to not wheelie on throttle alone to be a plus.
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..
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:34 AM   #15
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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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