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Old 05-20-2005, 02:30 AM   #1
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klr650 Wheelie?

Hello Fellow KLRISTAS:
I've been getting this curiosity to learn how to pop a wheelie on the klr650.. Please don't laugh.. I have seen pics of KLR650 on one wheel.. so I guess the bike CAN do it.. I just don't know how.

The reason I would like to learn is that if it ever were to happen 'accidentally' I would (hopefully) not freak out and crash if I know how to control it, and it might be useful (overcoming an obstacle on the ground) and not just a "show off"
FWIW, I just put an pair of MCE Karoos, in case that has any effect on the "ability" of the bike to pop-a-wheelie.

thx for your input!
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Old 05-20-2005, 07:08 AM   #2
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it will not happen accidentallllly unless you chop the throttle in first gear like a fuckin lunatic... in which case you'll prolly be sittin on the road anyway, so you wont have to worry about riding out of it...

i wouldn't try doin it just yet. get a whack of seat time and one day you'll just realize you've been wheelyin for a few miles.
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Old 05-20-2005, 10:31 AM   #3
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Hello Fellow KLRISTAS:
I've been getting this curiosity to learn how to pop a wheelie on the klr650.. Please don't laugh.. I have seen pics of KLR650 on one wheel.. so I guess the bike CAN do it.. I just don't know how.

The reason I would like to learn is that if it ever were to happen 'accidentally' I would (hopefully) not freak out and crash if I know how to control it, and it might be useful (overcoming an obstacle on the ground) and not just a "show off"
FWIW, I just put an pair of MCE Karoos, in case that has any effect on the "ability" of the bike to pop-a-wheelie.

thx for your input!

A KLR's what I learned to do a balanced wheelie on. It's a wheelie machine

I tell ya. In first, you can launch it as you're pulling away, in second with

a hint of clutch. Got to where I could start in 2nd and keep it up for nearly

a mile ending up in 5th before I put it down.
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Old 05-20-2005, 12:10 PM   #4
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A KLR's what I learned to do a balanced wheelie on. It's a wheelie machine

I tell ya. In first, you can launch it as you're pulling away, in second with

a hint of clutch. Got to where I could start in 2nd and keep it up for nearly

a mile ending up in 5th before I put it down.
Check your frame for stress marks :)

I learned some technique on my WR and refined it quite a bit on my XR100.
Now that I have a better feel for it I can get some good wheelies out of a F650 with luggage on it
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Old 05-20-2005, 12:22 PM   #5
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This has worked on any thumper ive tried, real simple 1st gear trick without using the clutch or yanking on the bars.
Accelerate from a crawl, then let go the gas until you come to a crawl again (engine braking), then give 'er and it should go up.
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Old 05-20-2005, 12:26 PM   #6
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Hello Fellow KLRISTAS:
I've been getting this curiosity to learn how to pop a wheelie on the klr650.. Please don't laugh.. I have seen pics of KLR650 on one wheel.. so I guess the bike CAN do it.. I just don't know how.
First, I'd suggest, lightening the bike. keep the fuel low, no additional luggage and stuff...

Find a big open area, I'd prefer hard dirt.

Start small, rolling along 3-5 MPH, 1st gear, pullin' the clutch, rev up the engine and let go the clutch. You are aiming to get the wheel 1" of the ground... do that a few times till your comfy with it. Then work your way up, more revs, sit back on the seat, etc... When you are comfortable with getting 1 foot of the ground practice stomping on the rear brake to pull it down. Do that about 20 times till its second nature. This will save your butt if ever you get it "too high".
Then practice...

Or get a KTM, just turn it on an GO!!
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Old 05-20-2005, 03:51 PM   #7
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The problem is the CV carb. The power doesn't roll on until quite a few milliseconds after the throttle opens and makes it difficult to wheelie. Gotta figure out how many fractions of a second after cracking the throttle to transfer weight.

I put a jetting kit on mine and the best benefit was drilling the slide and the increased throttle response that gets. It was fun to wheelie before but took a bit of planning to do one. With the slide drilled, it lofts the front end when you expect it and makes it easier to maintain balance.

I'm also down one tooth on the countershaft which makes things easier too. Still second gear wheelies require a good sized bump or abusing the clutch... something I'm allergic to.
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Old 05-20-2005, 06:06 PM   #8
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Check your frame for stress marks :)
Oh that piece of poop's been gone for 4 years. Yep, bent the frame, never

wrecked though .







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Old 05-20-2005, 08:07 PM   #9
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I still don't think it can be done w/o poppin' the clutch, 2 oz of fuel, one of the Olson twins riding it while facing up a very steep hill.


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Old 05-20-2005, 08:19 PM   #10
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I still don't think it can be done w/o poppin' the clutch, 2 oz of fuel, one of the Olson twins riding it while facing up a very steep hill.


Z
You need to atleast try it with just the throttle..

nail the throttle in 1st gear when she's turning about 1500-2000 rpms, and she'll loft if with out no stinkin clutch... Drilling the slide helps, but I did them all the time before I ever drilled the slide..
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:35 PM   #11
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I still don't think it can be done w/o poppin' the clutch, 2 oz of fuel, one of the Olson twins riding it while facing up a very steep hill.


Z
you don't need the clutch...but it does help to have the tank half empty
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Old 05-20-2005, 09:06 PM   #12
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Some dude needs wheelie info.
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Old 05-20-2005, 11:05 PM   #13
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funny...

funny you mention fuel level....
last fall I learned to ride a motorcycle and bought a KLR. I pulled out of work too fast (who does not want to leave the place they work at 100 mph) and popped a f@cking huge wheelie (not on purpose). 2 blocks down the street I ran out of gas- so now that you guys mention the fuel level thing, it all makes since because I have not been popping wheelies lately but I have been keepin' her topped off.
BTW. I walked 20 mins to get gas b/c as a newbie rider, I forgot about the reserve fuel. What an idiot!
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Old 05-21-2005, 07:19 PM   #14
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You need to atleast try it with just the throttle..

nail the throttle in 1st gear when she's turning about 1500-2000 rpms, and she'll loft if with out no stinkin clutch... Drilling the slide helps, but I did them all the time before I ever drilled the slide..
I'm not foreign to wheelies....usually fighting to prevent them on my CR500. Low fuel, 1st, jet kit, pull hard, airbox cover off, I've tried it all. I must have a dud.

Second gear wheelie in a KLR you're killin' me.

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Old 05-21-2005, 07:23 PM   #15
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Second gear wheelie in a KLR you're killin' me.

Z

??????????

What? You don't think it's possible off the clutch?

I KNOW it's possible. Did about a thousand of em. No, seriously.

Came up easy pesy in second. Third was another matter entirely.weren't happnin.
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