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post #31 of 43 Old 06-09-2015, 10:45 PM
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My first wheelie was in 93' on my first dirt bike. A 1977 Yamaha 100. Biggest piece of shit you've ever laid eyes on. Was completely unintentional also since I was only 8. There was a little spot with a few hills just outside of town where my dad would take me and we would hit some trails. We came to a curve witch was more of a V and really tight. Well if been riding a few months and at 8 I thought I was the hottest shit around. Was playing cat and mouse with my dad when we came up to the V. My dad took the curve on his bike, clutched and slid the ass around, dumped it and send a wicked rooster tail which at the time I thought was the coolest thing ever. Well me and my wealth of 8 year old knowledge and on a bike half the size was determined to out do his rooster tail and show ol dad up. Well it took the V, half assed slid around, opened the throttle and dumped the clutch. Only there was no rooster tail. Only traction. I remember thinking to myself as the front wheel lifted that "hey this isn't supposed to happen". Then there was panic throttle. (I'm sure most of you know what that is) the next 3 to 4 seconds, which I thought were my last, consisted of me, with a death grip, attempting to run behind a monocyle that is accelerating at a much faster rate than my chicken legs could match. The 3 to 4 seconds following that consisted of me hitting the ground and sliding down the trail and finally coming to rest, family guy style (with the arm behind the back) a face full of dirt, a crotch full is piss (yeah I literally pissed myself) And a feeling throughout my entire body that said that this was the coolest thing that has ever happened to me. The rest is history lol
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I have been learning wheelies. Started on my Ninja 300, yes they can do wheelies. Now on my zx6r I am doing first gear clutch wheelies at 35mph. I find they are more comfortable and controlled when I roll the throttle with the clutch instead of popping. I did the longest wheelie today. I had to bring it down to make my turn. I have been bringing up the front end and then chasing it out more and more. I don't know if I ever want to get to the point of balance wheelies. Is it possible to learn wheelies without ever wrecking. Have I been lucky so far?
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I've never looped so so yes it is possible
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My first wheelie story urs?

First wheelie was a power wheelie that was the result of gravel on an on-ramp.

Rolled onto RT4, kicked the back out, froze up, and next thing I know, caught traction and the front ripped up. At that point I tried controlling it but panicked and cut throttle, came down hard, and speed wobbled. Foot came off the peg, but I regained myself and got off the highways to smoke and calm my anxiety.

Fast forward a year, car came out of nowhere on a backroad mid wheelie, I hit the back brake too hard. Came down hard, lowsided, shattered my collarbone, broke 4 ribs, and lost a shit ton of skin.

Still wheelie everyday, more controlled, way longer, and I choose where to do so a little more wisely.
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I have been learning wheelies. Started on my Ninja 300, yes they can do wheelies. Now on my zx6r I am doing first gear clutch wheelies at 35mph. I find they are more comfortable and controlled when I roll the throttle with the clutch instead of popping. I did the longest wheelie today. I had to bring it down to make my turn. I have been bringing up the front end and then chasing it out more and more. I don't know if I ever want to get to the point of balance wheelies. Is it possible to learn wheelies without ever wrecking. Have I been lucky so far?

2nd gear at 45/50 on stock gearing is way more comfortable. 1st gear is too unforgiving. 3rd at 65 is smooth coming up, but wind speed becomes sketchy at that point. I'm dying to slow down the wheelies but my 636 is my only bike so I like having stock gearing. Debating on a 54T sprocket though
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Went on youtube and started practicing on my 300. Then I noticed the chain stretching and sprocket wear and wept realizing I had wasted my time learning something useless (but fun as heck).
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2nd gear at 45/50 on stock gearing is way more comfortable. 1st gear is too unforgiving. 3rd at 65 is smooth coming up, but wind speed becomes sketchy at that point. I'm dying to slow down the wheelies but my 636 is my only bike so I like having stock gearing. Debating on a 54T sprocket though
I actually started with power wheelies in first, then was playing around with clutch wheelies in second, but did not want to be going that fast. That is why I moved to 1st gear clutch wheelies. I just don't want to loop it.
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I actually started with power wheelies in first, then was playing around with clutch wheelies in second, but did not want to be going that fast. That is why I moved to 1st gear clutch wheelies. I just don't want to loop it.

Once you get a feel for 2nd, the Mph you bring it up at goes down. I started high rpm 2nd, around 65, then mid at 50. Now I'm aiming for low like 35 40. The '13 pops so easy it makes it more comfortable at lower speeds in 2nd. Could be preference. I hate the response in 1st. Too sketchy
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first ever wheelie was when I was 16. I was learning how to ride a dirt bike. Let out clutch too fast panicked and grabbed a handful of throttle. Bike popped up, got scared, grabbed throttle as reflex, WOT, looped over me, saw the sky, then was on my ass. Bike kept going though. haha

first wheelie on street bike a month ago. Merged into heavy traffic from a yield, hard roll on in 1st, shifted up but forgot to let off throttle. So up she went but it didn't scare me. I think the wheel only came up like 4 inches at most, so I just rode it out and kept on riding. Felt badass. lol from what I can see power wheelies are a lot less scarier than pop up wheelies.
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The first and only wheelie I did was about a month ago on my '14 636. I always tried doing one on my old ex500 but never had the right sprocket setup. I went to Lowes to get something small, when I came out to leave I decided to go behind Lowes because they have a nice back side road that is never really used. Cruising at about 15mph in 2nd gear, held the clutch and twisted the throttle up to about 5k rpm, and brought the bike up to about 10:30 or 11:00 o'clock. Didn't ride it for very long maybe 30ft or so but controlled fairly well on the bring down. Kinda scared the piss out of me a little. Have tried to do another one since then mainly because I don't want to wreck my bike by doing something stupid. Be Safe and Ride Free.
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The first and only wheelie I did was about a month ago on my '14 636. I always tried doing one on my old ex500 but never had the right sprocket setup. I went to Lowes to get something small, when I came out to leave I decided to go behind Lowes because they have a nice back side road that is never really used. Cruising at about 15mph in 2nd gear, held the clutch and twisted the throttle up to about 5k rpm, and brought the bike up to about 10:30 or 11:00 o'clock. Didn't ride it for very long maybe 30ft or so but controlled fairly well on the bring down. Kinda scared the piss out of me a little. Have tried to do another one since then mainly because I don't want to wreck my bike by doing something stupid. Be Safe and Ride Free.
15 mph in second and you brought it up at 5k rpm?
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I did my first power wheelie racing a friend down a straight away a couple days ago. after we came to a stop i was freaking out like child in a candy store ! will be practicing more wheelies yep !
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I could do them on a bicycle back in the day and I have never tried them on a motorcycle.
I bought a 07 gsxr 750 new and let my younger brother ride it. When he came back the story was like ... MAN the front wheel kept coming up but I didn't do it on purpose. If that counts as a wheelie ....he also retired his Yamaha to buy a 08 Gsxr 750.
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