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Any one consider themself a skilled wheelie master? what did you practise on, how long did it take you to master the art and how many times have you flipped over backwards...


My next goal in life is to learn to take a proper wheelie and i must gather all the info i can...
 

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Watch one or two episodes of superbikes on Speed TV and that should put you on the road to wheeliedom. Don't forget the ICON gear.

They actually had a wheelie school on one episode, I think it was in So Calif
 

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I learnt to wheelie as a kid on a push bike..then a little more on a the dirt.

I used to spend a lot of time on one wheel on my RG and GSXR and I learnt to do wheelies on a road bike just by slipping the clutch and getting it to come up if you feel you are going too far back off and/or tap the back brake.

Just do it gradually until you get a handle on how much throttle it takes to lift the wheel off the ground and sooner or later you will find the balance point and work out how to stay there though I'd be practicing on a dirt bike or even a push bike to begin with if you are not confident.
 

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There are a few sites out there. Google how to do a wheelie. Of all the bikes I have ever owned the Brutale's front wheel comes up the easiest but is the hardest to control for long distance wheelies. I can keep the front wheel up all day on a GSXR or ZX9r but I can only ride a few hundred yards on the Brutale. Maybe other people don't have this problem. I think it has something to do with the short wheel base.
 

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I learned on a BMX bike as a kid. When I finally got my first motorcycle at age 20 I promised myself that as soon as I felt confident enough riding around normally that the wheelie was going to be the first real stunt to learn. So after riding for about 3-4 months I have been riding around on one wheel ever since. I even mastered the dreaded 12 O' Clock High Wheelie, the most elusive, rarest, dangerous and difficult of ALL wheelies. Never looped one yet, and do not intend to ever. Thank God!

Its not that hard to do. All you have to do is rev out first gear to about 10-11 Grand on the Tach. Close the throttle and wack it back open before the needle falls to far. Thats it. The front end will come right up. dont wack the throttle back open to wide or you'll loop it. Its a dangerous balance of wheel up/ wheel down but you'll get it after some practice. Dont forget you dont have a front brake when the front is off of the ground so cover the rear brake. Disclaimer: This is strictly given for informational use only. I do not advocate or reccomend that anyone wheelie their motorcycles (even though I wheelie everyday LOL!). Wheelies are dangerous and should only be attempted by capable and skilled riders. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Also wheelies are killer on drive train and suspension. If you wheelie, you are doing so at your own risk. LOL!
 

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Disclaimer: Don't try this at home. I am by no means a 'wheelie master', but I am certainly capable. I learned on a BMX bike as a kid, then dirtbikes, then finally on an R1. The advantage of my R1, MV, GSXR 750, DRZ400, CR250, and my since sold RC51, is that they will all wheelie WITHOUT clutching, easing the learning process. I would describe my process as progressive, my first wheelies on the R1 being floaters only a few inches off of the ground. As I mastered carrying this wheelie farther and farther from each start, I began to let the wheel rise.

I don't do 12 o'clocks, don't need to...Just high, long floaters at or close to the balance point, that can be aborted by just barely closing the throttle, then adding it back in before touchdown, for a nice soft landing. I have been riding all of my life, and my advice is go slow and stay in your comfort zone, and stay away from people. I have the benefit of miles and miles of deserted backroads to practice on!

Here's a nice one from Clint Ewing to give you some motivation!!!



Be safe and sane...

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You can ride much faster when both wheels are on the ground. In the early 70's I learned to get my motocrosser back on the gorund as quick as possible over jumps to minimize air time and maximize acceleration.

Have you noticed that MotoGP bikes now have anti-wheelie electronics to go along with the traction control???

Intentional wheelies are for the SuperBikers crowd. When the front end naturally comes up a bit under really hard accelertion out of a curve, then you are using your motor properly, and you won't have to try...just exhilarate in the sensation.

Just my opinion (one of those 2 thing everyone has, the other an anatomical orifice).
 

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Certainly in the UK they have wheelie school. Not into them myself, however done in the appropriate place, they obviously require certain skill and handeling
 

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I taught a guy at a set of lights once. He did a good 10m on the back wheel !


Try sitting neutrally, most guys try leaning forward, it makes the whole prospect much harder.

Just bunny hop at first, then you will progress to fuller fun.

NOTE Learning to wheely is no good for chains, cush drives, fork seals and most of your machinery.Its wiser to do this tomfoolery on a cheaper bike.
 

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Get a dirt bike! Four stroke is best and 250cc to 400cc will do it.

Best way to learn and sort of safe. I spent many an afternoon learning how to first wheelie then go through the gears, all off road first.
 

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Just to let you all know: I am NOT using my Brutale to practise or when i get there do wheelies (ye right) planning on getting a 250 dirt bike...

i just have this dream haunting me every night that i do a loooong nice perfect wheelie on the Brute, and someone once told me to follow my dreams :D
 

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I first learned to wheelie on a bicycle when I was a kid. I am now 40 years old and unbelievably, can still wheelie.

The greatest majority of my motorcycling experience is motocross. It takes (or at least took me) a little while to transition from doing wheelies on a bicycle to a motorcycle. Motorcycle wheelies teach you throttle control, for sure!

To begin with, I suggest a four-stroke off-road bike...preferably one you do not care too much about. Ha! It is also a little easier to learn on a slight uphill.

Some people like to 'pop the clutch' to lift the front wheel. This apporach can cause you to violently loop out and be on the ground before you know what just happened. I prefer to have the motor revving, not drastically, but just pulling well...close the throttle and immediately open it again while slightly tugging on the bars. Also vary your seating position. Practice, practice, practice and you will learn the 'balance point'. Should you feel you are going to loop out, obviously close the throttle and apply the rear brake. As your skill improves, you can also manipulate the clutch to keep from looping out.

For me, it is actually easier to do a wheelie at speed. The faster I am going, the easier it is to wheelie. Obviously, though, the consequences are greater! Also, as you get better, you learn to gently lower the front wheel to the ground, not let it slam down like some goon, therefore minimizing damage to your bike.

Personally, I do not wheelie my Brutale. Don't get me wrong, I would love to. I am just too old to possibly get hurt (I have looped out, crashed, wrecked, etc. and hit the ground way too many times to count in the past) and now surely do not want to wad up my bike.

Wheelieing (sp?) is fun and impressive, no doubt. Keep practicing! :f4:

Tim

P.S. Everyone who 'throws-off' on wheelieing...I guarantee you, CAN'T DO IT!
 

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i just stopped at the gas station near paris, a young guy on a yamaha took all the way to the Autobahn on his rear wheel-made me smile, just fun and impressive. I saw a lot of french riders doing wheelies(seams beiing in fashion) even down town paris, they love it...me too..;-)
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oh, come on all you Brutale owners, how can you not wheelie them? its a hooligan bike!:f4:

I don't have enough self control to NOT wheelie the Brutale!

oh yeah, the easiest thing to learn to wheelie on is a 4-stroke 4-wheeler, then a 4-stroke dirt bike. What makes the 4-wheeler easy is you don't have to worry about side to side balance on slow speed wheelies.
 

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The easiest way on the 910r i find is to set off in 1st, get to 5000 rpm in then just whack the throttle open & up it comes, as you get the hang of that, as the front wheel hits the ground, change to 2nd and whack it open again and up she'l come again, scared the shit out of me the 1st time i did it in 2nd but the rush is fantastic.
 

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How did I learn to wheelie?

14 yrs old, kawaski KX80 big wheel, dirt roads, good helmet.
 
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