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Beginner wheelies

So wheelies are somthing that I really want to learn, I know the basic concept of clutch ups and went out to try some lastnight. I was moving at about 40-45 in 2nd gear and found that I could bump up the tire at about 10K but 13k or so would bring it up far enough that I got super excited but in reality it probably wasn't very Far off the ground.

I notice that when it does come up I tend to throw my upper body on the tank rather than let the bike keep coming up in order to achieve Balance point. My question is, how do yall get over this fear?

These were sit down wheelies and I was covering the rear brake.

Also where is a good gopro placement (on the bike) to see how far off the ground the tire is and be able to see progress?

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Bad question huh? You're expecting some sort of entertainment?

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Yes. You will likely get flamed.

Anyway, hopefully you are doing this in a secluded parking lot somewhere and not on public roads where innocent bystanders can be impacted.
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Go on youtube, search for something like "how to wheelie"

It's very much at your own risk, though. Just be careful

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Anyway, hopefully you are doing this in a secluded parking lot somewhere and not on public roads where innocent bystanders can be impacted.
I don't know of a parking lot where you could do 45 mph.

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Go on youtube, search for something like "how to wheelie"

It's very much at your own risk, though. Just be careful
I know the concept of how it works it's the small tips that I think may help.

Do yall find stand ups easier?

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Personally... I hate wheelies that aren't caused by simply getting on the gas out of a turn. I have some kind of control over them. Maybe I'm just bad at doing wheelies on purpose But my train of thought is "There is no good outcome to a poorly done wheelie." And by that I mean... if something goes wrong you're gonna have a bad time. Maybe it'll just be something as simple as coming down too hard on the front end and blowing out some forks seals. But it could also end up with a sliding bike and a bruised ass (or worse).

So when I do them (Which isn't often) it's usually a first gear pop up or something... just grabbing throttle at about 9k rpm and letting the bike to the rest.

Get me on a dual sport of a dirt bike though and all I wanna do is wheelie.
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Like PG, I suck at doing wheelies that arent simply from hammering the gas coming out of a turn.

I am the opposite of a stunter, but to me it seems awfully fast to be learning to do wheelies at 45mph? Shouldnt you be doing 1st gear clutch ups or something?

Again, I have absolutely no idea wtf i am talking about...after 30 years of riding I still cant do a wheelie to save my life :-p
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Like PG, I suck at doing wheelies that arent simply from hammering the gas coming out of a turn.

I am the opposite of a stunter, but to me it seems awfully fast to be learning to do wheelies at 45mph? Shouldnt you be doing 1st gear clutch ups or something?

Again, I have absolutely no idea wtf i am talking about...after 30 years of riding I still cant do a wheelie to save my life :-p
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Truthfully OP the only way to "get past the fear" is to say fuck it. If you dont have one, pick up a beater bike, an old 99 or early 2000 bike. Otherwise you just have to realise every time you try, you could lose it and doen goes the bike.

when you want to go skydiving there is only one way to get over the fear of jumping out of a plane, and thats to just jump. Same with wheelies, just pop it. Youll likely spook yourself once or twice in the process.
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I know the concept of how it works it's the small tips that I think may help.

Do yall find stand ups easier?
I don't do them. Paid too much for this f#!%ing bike to do stupid stuff like that.

You might try the gsxr forums, though

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I've always done wheelies on my dirt bikes for the last 50 years but I didn't start trying on the street bikes until the last year. I can do decent wheelies at speed but I can't ride them "for miles" or do the really slow ones. I'm pretty old to be doing that crap anyway, but I've relaxed my position on the stunters a bit. Still not a big fan of shutting down freeways or mobs in general down public streets. I like doing them on the back roads and I find them a lot easier on my 1000s than my 600s.

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