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Old 11-09-2008, 07:37 AM   #1
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How do you know when you hit the balance point of a wheelie?

ok heres the deal,ive been riding like 2 years now,and i can clutch and power wheelie fairly well,but i clutch 98% of time. i can hold it for about um....10 to 15 seconds,but by the time it gets to 15 seconds,my speed is over 100 and in 2nd gear. im a bit scared to try to change gears in air for fear that it might jerk too hard and flip me back or just not stay up,SO my question is how do i know when im the balance point?i wanna be able to hit a wheelie to where im not SPEEDING up constantly to keep the wheel up.

o by the way im riding a gsxr 1000

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Old 11-09-2008, 09:22 AM   #2
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When you reach the balancing point of the bike, the first thing you will notice is that you are no longer having to increase throttle position to keep the front wheel off the ground. The bike will feel like it's kind of floating once balance point is met and at this time only maintaining throttle position will be necessary. You should be able to get there when you are initially clutching the bike up to one wheel, as you may find it much more difficult to increase throttle position up to balance point after already being on one wheel

As for shifting gears in the air, you will not fall back. You will need to be close to balance point and load the shifter peg prior to shifting, while minutely increasing throttle position and then shift. Not too difficult, however takes a little practice and confidence.
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:24 PM   #3
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:01 PM   #4
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When you reach the balancing point of the bike, the first thing you will notice is that you are no longer having to increase throttle position to keep the front wheel off the ground. The bike will feel like it's kind of floating once balance point is met and at this time only maintaining throttle position will be necessary. You should be able to get there when you are initially clutching the bike up to one wheel, as you may find it much more difficult to increase throttle position up to balance point after already being on one wheel

As for shifting gears in the air, you will not fall back. You will need to be close to balance point and load the shifter peg prior to shifting, while minutely increasing throttle position and then shift. Not too difficult, however takes a little practice and confidence.
ahh...thats good info thx alot man,ill have to get to practicing
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:57 PM   #5
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it is when you dont fight it anymore, kinda like riding a unicycle its just upright and easy, just tooling along, not having to keep speeding up, balance point is different on all bikes, some are more vertical than others at BP.
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its also the point right before you bust your if you dont know brake control.
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:52 PM   #6
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Perfect explanation here: It's the "oh " feeling right before you let off the gas and slam down your bike throwing your into your tank. Wear a cup.
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:20 PM   #7
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Perfect explanation here: It's the "oh " feeling right before you let off the gas and slam down your bike throwing your into your tank. Wear a cup.
LMAO dude...i swear i say that everytime i bring it up further than i intended to..now i get it..jus gotta work on it
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:21 PM   #8
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Awesome advice from the stunt pro's ! lol
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:17 PM   #9
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Awesome advice from the stunt pro's ! lol
lol you know your at balance point when u let off and it doesnt do any good. i would recomend getting a 50 and learning brake control on that first so you dont trash your big bike.
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:34 AM   #10
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Just be sure to roll off the throttle, dont just let off at once or you will end up blowing your fork seals and your ! lol
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:52 AM   #13
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You could buy a 50 for $700-800, big bars/ and 12 bar for around $300. Learn it, get it down and apply it to the big bike. Or pay around $230 for a sick inovations cage find a big open parking lot and practice, just you will risk messin up tha big bike up if you loop it. but on a fifty it wont be that big of a deal. Just ride that back brake!
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