The way I will tell you how to do a wheelie and you being able to just go out
and do it, and get it right after a while will all depend on how good you are at
knowing and feeling what you can do with your bike.
If you ride an R1 - CBR 900 - 1200 Bandit - etc, these types of bikes are the
easiest of all for wheelies because they will wheelie off the throttle in first
gear without trying hard at all.
There are different ways of doing them.
1: Riding off clutch all the way out doing around 20 - 30 mph shut the
throttle then open it and pull on the bars these people usually don't change
gear they rev the nuts of it and don't look in control.
2: Some others pull off usually from a traffic light as above and instead of
shutting the throttle they just give it more gas and pull on the bars, This is a
better way than above but still not right. You do not need to pull on the bars.
3: Others pull off and then pull the clutch in and out quickly " Slipping the
clutch " This is only needed if your bike will not lift just off the throttle.
Bikes " some 600s maybe some 750s, I say some because I have ridden the R6
Yamaha and new GSXR 750 and these will lift just from opening it up in first
gear and letting the engine do the rest, But it will be harder than on the R1
etc as these have more torque " low down power " than the smaller bikes.
The way I do a wheelie on an R1, CBR900, 1200 Bandit etc is. First gear, pull
away and let the clutch all the way out but try to keep two fingers on the
lever, " Some people may feel better with more or less fingers on the lever some
may not use the clutch at all. Use what you feel most comfortable with" This is
if you want to progress and start changing gear and if you do you will do it all
in this little one two step. So you have pulled away clutch out and two fingers
on the clutch lever all in one go open the throttle fast enough and wide enough
and the bike should pull away really quickly and if you are riding an R1 this
should start to wheelie at about
6-7000 RPM and it will literally jump up very fast so be careful not to let
it go too high too quickly, The Bandit will be the same but the Blade may start
to come up around 7000 to 8000rpm and will not wheelie as quickly as the other
two. Anyway back to the wheelie. When it comes up you need to change to 2nd gear
as it comes off the floor. Wait until it is say 2 feet off the ground, do not
try and blip the throttle a few times in first gear this is too aggressive the
bike will be a lot easier to control in 2nd gear, and you should be able to ride
it for a lot further than you could have done if you stuck to first gear. Now
you are up in second try to keep the throttle as smooth as possible while you
are doing the wheelie try not to keep blipping it, instead try to roll it on and
off slowly but to do this the bike will need to be up very high near the balance
point where you will only need to give it very small amounts of throttle. You
will need a lot of practice before you can wheelie this good but if you try hard
enough and think about what you and the bike are doing.. You should get the feel
for it soon enough. Remember to try and look where you are going when you are on
one wheel, try to look either side of the bike or just make sure you are not
going to hit something that you can not see!
When you are getting to the end of second gear instead of letting the bike
rev it's nuts off and hitting the limiter then it will hit the floor quite hard
and can easily burst fork seals. All you have to do is change gear again into
3rd. Again most people who can already change gear do it by changing as fast as
they can and sometimes it will stay up and they will ride it through 3rd as
well. To make it that little bit easier just before you change to 3rd give it a
little extra blip on the throttle this will help the bike stay up easier because
that change from 2nd to 3rd may be fast but the bike will start to come down and
you will have to give it more gas and if you have not got the wheelie high
enough it will go down. So try to blip it quickly as I said and this will help a
lot when you get it right.
This is nearly the same as with the other bikes except you will probably need
to use the clutch more to get it up. I said earlier on that some 600s will
wheelie off the power without slipping the clutch at all; I know the R6 Yamaha
will and I believe the new CBR 600 will also. The other new 600s
should do the same but I have not ridden these. The new 750s will do the same
but older bikes may not.
So here we go again the only difference is the use of the clutch and more
balance to keep it up for longer as you will not have the torque or power as the
When you pull off you should try and notice when your bike gives the most
power but not top end power when it is running out of revs. Halfway through the
rev range you should feel this. Maybe 5 - 7000 rpm when it gets to this you will
need to slip the clutch but very lightly. What I mean is do not open the
throttle get to 5-6000 revs and pull the clutch all the way to the bars and
whack it back out again. That is not what I meant, when it does reach 56000 just
pull in the clutch lever enough so you hear the engine go to 77500 rpm and let
it back out quickly but smoothly. The rpm may differ on what bike you are riding
but the rest is the same. Some people may like to whack the clutch in and out in
2nd gear to get it up. My way is safer and will not hurt the bike as much. To
change from 1st to 2nd this is the same as the bigger bikes but is a little
harder with less power.
If you get this far the rest is history you will be able to get 4th 5th and
maybe even 6th if your bike has six gears. Always get the bars as straight as
possible when it does come down and hold them as tight as you can to avoid a
For people who think this is all too much to remember I will put it as short
as I can.
Pull away, clutch all the way out, give it a lot of throttle and it WILL
wheelie, When it does change gear, don't try at all to keep it in first for a
bit just change gear straight away when it first comes up to 2nd gear then get
it higher and keep it up longer with easy smooth throttle actions ride it
through 2nd and when you feel it needs another gear give it the little extra
blip and go for 3rd as quickly as you can, the same for the rest of the gears.
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