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Old 03-15-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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How to wheelie for starters

Not a wheelie artist, if you will, but had a number of requests on a video about how to do a wheelie. Well, the only way I know is to wheelie for functional reasons like going over a log or deep rut. So if your looking to ride out a big stunters wheelie, ask a stunter who can teach you how to balance out and feather the clutch. For those wanting to see how to do it without the clutch, I hope this is of some value.

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:04 PM   #2
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Is there a min cc limit to popping wheelies? Would you think its possible on a 200, or is it just too weak?
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:32 PM   #3
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Thanks for the insight, is that a klr?
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:32 PM   #4
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Laugh

It's all technique. I've seen videos of guys riding wheelies on 50cc bikes. Search it on youtube and we will see you back in a week after watching all of them.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:43 PM   #5
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Is there a min cc limit to popping wheelies? Would you think its possible on a 200, or is it just too weak?
Long ago, when I was 16, I managed to pop wheelies on my 50cc Honda ...
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:07 AM   #6
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I learned how to wheelie on a 175cc Yamaha DT. I kept flipping it until I found the balance point. After a couple of years I got a Bultaco 250 Pursang. That bike was great for long ones.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:40 AM   #7
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I've watched several wheelie videos, that was pretty good explaining and showing the process.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:51 AM   #8
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I enjoyed that. My 450 has no problem w/wheelies but my old 250 used to make me work a little harder. I'm the guy who is yanking back on the bars w/ straight arms. Not anymore.
As far as the minimum cc s, the less power you have the more body english may be required, but anything can be wheelied. I have to be careful on my sons' TTR90 or the front wheel will come up and it's only b/c I'm sitting far back on the seat.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:18 PM   #9
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I enjoyed that. My 450 has no problem w/wheelies but my old 250 used to make me work a little harder. I'm the guy who is yanking back on the bars w/ straight arms. Not anymore.
As far as the minimum cc s, the less power you have the more body english may be required, but anything can be wheelied. I have to be careful on my sons' TTR90 or the front wheel will come up and it's only b/c I'm sitting far back on the seat.
Thank you, glad the video is useful. While not being an expert by any means I do know the torque, wheel base and tire grip all play into the overall equation, such that I've wheelied bikes as small as a KE100 and fought a V-max that wanted to wheelie at 100+mph. Like any other riding skill it is developed thru practice, unless you're one of those lucky SOBs who can balance so well that walking a tight rope is like staying on the side walk for the rest of us.
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Now, Iím going to be looking for some grass to practice wheelies on my EX500. Theyíre supposed to come up pretty easy especially with the LSL handlebars I have on it, but Iíve never really tried. Then maybe Iíll graduate to trying them on the Versys (supposed to be very easy to wheelie).
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:14 PM   #11
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Now, Iím going to be looking for some grass to practice wheelies on my EX500. Theyíre supposed to come up pretty easy especially with the LSL handlebars I have on it, but Iíve never really tried. Then maybe Iíll graduate to trying them on the Versys (supposed to be very easy to wheelie).
If the Dl1000 can do it......

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Old 03-16-2012, 08:18 PM   #12
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While I can see an advantage to doing on on the trail.....and I've done some of that; not sure why you'd want/need to otherwise.
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:20 PM   #13
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Silly noob... a cool wheelie is the best way to impress traffic cops!
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:34 PM   #14
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While I can see an advantage to doing on on the trail.....and I've done some of that; not sure why you'd want/need to otherwise.
A short list of reasons to wheelie on the road.
Pot hole
bridge expansion joint
uneven pavement transition
Animal (cat sized, dead) in road
Curb hop
speed bump
tree branch or 2x4 in road
knowing how to handle a high speed front wheel lift (like the type you get on whoops at high speed)
knowing the limits of the vehicle under heavy acceleration and how to control if you exceed them.

I'm sure there are other reasons other than impressing the neighborhood kids or the local hottie to lift the front on the road but you get the idea.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:05 AM   #15
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Is there a min cc limit to popping wheelies? Would you think its possible on a 200, or is it just too weak?
I've done it on a 50cc Honda Metro....
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