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Old 12-01-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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Question Self Preservation...

Ok so I took my bike to an empty lot, I read a ton of the wheelie threads, watch a bunch of the youtube vids, and listened to fellow riders who pop wheelies like its nothing. I zipped down the lot pulled in the clutch, slightly throttled releasing the clutch. The bike lurched and my ate half of my underwear!!!! What the was I thinking??? This is insane. I had the "OH SH*T" factor big time. Needless to say, that was enough for the day. Is it because in my mind I don't want to wreck my ride? Is it my mind doesn't want me to get injured?

How do you overcome self preservation of self and/or wrecking your bike?
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:17 PM   #2
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:19 PM   #3
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Best advice i could give you would be either get a 50 or TTR125 to get the technique and back brake.

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Old 12-01-2009, 12:23 PM   #4
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yea im barely learning myself. trying to teach myself through youtube videos and just random threads. best advice i can give you is COVER THAT REAR BRAKE! im riding a never dropped 06 gsxr 600 and ive almost looped it a time or two. of course i dont want to drop my bike either so i feel your pain, but you gotta start somewhere if you dont have stunt bike to practice on
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:04 PM   #5
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buy a 50
This is the best advice...I used to try and wheelie my big bike and always had that pucker moment...after riding a 50 for a few months and getting the brake control down, my confidence has built up a lot more then what it used to be


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Old 12-01-2009, 01:08 PM   #6
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Makes you get comfortable on one wheel.
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and stay in 1st gear on that thing lol you can run 5mph but cant run 20 in 2nd lol
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:20 PM   #8
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Seriously...... Learn on a 50 or you will crash that pretty bike.


Once you have throttle/rear brake control your ready to step up to the plate. Untill then, only time will tell before you loop it.
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:31 PM   #9
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if learning on a 50 isn't an option then you need to resign yourself to the fact that you are more than likely going to crash your bike......i can guarantee a wreck or two on any bike you're learning to wheelie if you've never done it before....
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:35 PM   #10
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if learning on a 50 isn't an option then you need to resign yourself to the fact that you are more than likely going to crash your bike......i can guarantee a wreck or two on any bike you're learning to wheelie if you've never done it before....
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yea, start on smaller bikes. a 50 is good for brake control, but i always said go bigger so you can get used to clutching it up and catching the brake
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let ur hang and clutch that up... lol get a fiddy learn back brake to where u can slow down a wheelie then once u got that covered get on ur big bike and clutch it up ta da sounds easy huh just takes seat time and have fun doing it and ull have wheelies down in no time
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:57 PM   #13
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I learned to wheelie, then bought a 50.. Even then, practicing on the 50 has more than helped my wheelie skills overall.

But like a few have said, take it slow and get comfortable. No need to rush it and wreck that pretty bike.
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I learned to wheelie, then bought a 50.. Even then, practicing on the 50 has more than helped my wheelie skills overall.

But like a few have said, take it slow and get comfortable. No need to rush it and wreck that pretty bike.
true i could wheelie on the freeway all day long but then i got on a fiddy learned back brake and then i could wheelie a big bike in parkin lots, skool zones, sidewlks, gas stations, neiborhood streets and its mucho fun
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and stay in 1st gear on that thing lol you can run 5mph but cant run 20 in 2nd lol
Im stuck in 1st gear
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You gotta get comfortable with where the front wheel needs to be to keep it up. Clutchin up wheelies comes with time. Just practice coming off lights and gettin to about 5-6k rpm let off a little and roll the throttle till you start getting the wheel higher and higher. Everyone pretty much learned doing power wheelies, but once you get the feel for where you front wheel needs to be to not fall down instantly you will slightly understand what balance point is. Do this 1000 times until you can ride the wheelie a good ways through the powerband. Then start feathering the clutch in second and you will learn to ride them farther. Its hard to learn in a parking lot with no experience and a stock sprocket. If you really wanna clutch them up, stand ups with some bounce make it easier. but yes it is inevitable you will wreck, so take your time and practice on empty roads.
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Learn to whoolie on a 100 with a clutch.
I still suck, but it's helped a lot on the big bike.
I'll let ya practice a little on mine if ya want to build up your confidence. You break you buy.

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I always tell this to people, don't wheelie the phifty faster then you can run. Thumbs up to people backing up the power of the 50. Either a ttr or xr/crf 50 is the best learning tool ...you can make fun of a 50 and learn the hard way and take 6 years to learn it all instead of a year
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