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Old 03-21-2013, 05:46 AM   #1
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Dude, Do a "pop a wheelie"

Ok Ok.. Bucket list time, Though i have been riding all my life. I have never mastered the wheelie. I mean I can lift the front tire easy enough and hold it up as long as I have throttle. But I cannot do a good or even bad, Balance wheelie. I'm sure it's a guts issue. but at 50+ years I have decided that it is time.
Too old for the school of hard knocks I was thinking of taking a lesson somewhere. ( don't laugh.. I am proud to be at a point in my life where I can respect someone else's knowledge)
So where do I find a great jedi wheelie master with the means to teach me his Art? I live in New England and would be willing to anywhere within a day or so's ride.
Keep in mind that once I learn.. I will probably do one long ride in front of my riding buddies house and then retire from all further competition.
Any info would be helpful .
Also, How and where did you learn?

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Old 03-21-2013, 06:00 AM   #2
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Here ya go mate.

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

A lot of the balance is in your shoulders when doing the "pop a wheelie". Good throttle and clutch control also important...........and remember to cover the rear brake.... Ask me how I know???
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:05 AM   #3
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Ok Ok.. Bucket list time, Though i have been riding all my life. I have never mastered the wheelie. I mean I can lift the front tire easy enough and hold it up as long as I have throttle. But I cannot do a good or even bad, Balance wheelie. I'm sure it's a guts issue. but at 50+ years I have decided that it is time.
Too old for the school of hard knocks I was thinking of taking a lesson somewhere. ( don't laugh.. I am proud to be at a point in my life where I can respect someone else's knowledge)
So where do I find a great jedi wheelie master with the means to teach me his Art? I live in New England and would be willing to anywhere within a day or so's ride.
Keep in mind that once I learn.. I will probably do one long ride in front of my riding buddies house and then retire from all further competition.
Any info would be helpful .
Also, How and where did you learn?

Thanks, g
i think there's some how to videos on you tube

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Old 03-21-2013, 06:10 AM   #4
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Google 'Wheelie School'. It's safest to learn on someone else's bike, in a closed environment, under expert instruction.

NB: I am rubbish at wheelies. I taught myself (what little I can do) clutch-up wheelies, in a car park following reading a paragraph in Bike Magazine.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:17 AM   #5
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Buy a KX500.
Ok, seriously- there aint nothin to it but to do it.
Buy an XR100 or XR80 and just practice i nthe softest dirt you can find. There are 2 advantages to using a small bike, 1 you're closer to the ground when you fall, and 2 with less power you'll be forced to balance rather than power the wheelie.
I'm not the best at it mostly because I'm always sure there is a cop watching me (a little paranoia helps keep me alive)
My brother can ride wheelies for miles at 100 mph on his TL1000, he is fearless and a little crazy.

But definately do it in the dirt, it's way more forgiving.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:25 AM   #6
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Buy a KX500.
Yep! What he said!
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:45 AM   #7
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Not sure a KX 500 would be the bike to learn on. However a dirt bike would be the place to start. I started off road and can wheelie anything on two wheels. But never,ever for a camera. Bad JuJu.

Or you could buy a Tuono. The easiest to wheelie big bike I've ever ridden. And I get paid to ride other people's motorcycles so there isn't much I haven't ridden.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:47 AM   #8
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I'm sure this has been posted 205 times already, but be leery of who you ask to teach you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx4F94DnATY
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:48 AM   #9
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Here ya go mate.

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

A lot of the balance is in your shoulders when doing the "pop a wheelie". Good throttle and clutch control also important...........and remember to cover the rear brake.... Ask me how I know???
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:53 AM   #10
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Just swing on by Grreatgarage and borrow my MXC200. The problem will solve itself. I had to learn how not to wheelie that thing to keep the APD happy.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:39 AM   #11
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:08 PM   #12
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I learned the balance portion of it on a montain bike and it was fairly easy for me to transition over to my dirt bikes. At one point on the mtb I could ride them as far as I wanted especially if it was on a slight incline, come to a complete stop, circle wheelie, whatever. Just my $.02 plus I felt a lot better about dropping a mountain bike at extremely low speeds than dropping even my xr100
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:43 PM   #13
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I haven't ridden out a wheelie on a pedal bike in years.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:38 PM   #14
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Here ya go mate.

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

A lot of the balance is in your shoulders when doing the "pop a wheelie". Good throttle and clutch control also important...........and remember to cover the rear brake.... Ask me how I know???
Weeeeeeeeeeee!! Thanks I'm there Englishtown in may. I'll be the old guy with a handfull of cash.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:39 PM   #15
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here is a good discussion on wheelies and power wheelie vs. clutching up
http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showt...lutch-vs-power
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