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so i thought it'd be fun today to try a wheelie on me 03' 636. Read some advice on here, and me and my bud were on our way to the bank. I took first to about 8k, dropped the throttle, and opened it allllll the way up. About this time i realized i hadn't opened the throttle all the way up before.

(my previous bike was a kaw super sherpa) and that 250 just needed a little clutch dropping to get up for a second or two.

So on my big mean new 636, 2/3 open goes real fast. Anyway non of anyones advice (that i read) remined me to HOLD ON FOR DEAR FOOOKIN LIFE. my wheel lifted the whole bike about jumped out from under me and my left had came off the grop. I dropped the throttle rather quickly grabbed the handle with my left hand, the bike dropped the 5 inches it had lifted, and my had was still shakin so hard i could barely fill out my bank form.

i can't wait to try it again.

i just have a question, you gotta crank it all the way open to get it up.. but should you let it down alittle once your up, or will it not flip, i flipped my sherpa once dropping the clutch, but i'm a total squid when it comes to my big mean rocket.
 

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You dont have to open the throttle "all the way." Just get going in 1st gear to about 6-7k RPM, and get off the gas, and then GOOSE it back on. All of that has to be done within a split second. Dont ride, get off the gas, then wait and hit it again. The whole point of getting off and then back in is to let the front forks compress when your off the gas thus "rebounding" you into the air once you hit the gas again. Make sure your not pulling up on the handlebars when you hit the gas, cause that will throw everything way off and you could possibly land in a tank slapper. I dont know how your hand slipped off the grip[:0], thats just strange.

Anyway, just take your time and take baby steps. Dont rush anything. Before you know it, it will become 2nd nature. Learn 1st gear wheelies for a bit, then move on to 2nd gear, clutch them up. 2nd gear comes up much more easily and smooth, its not so violent.

And you answer your last question, if you gas it to bring it up, and you let off right away, the bike will come down. You have to bring the bike up to balance point then you can ease off and on the throttle to maintain height. YES you can flip the bike in first...i seen it first hand about a month ago, but when you first try wheelies, your always lower than what you think. 5 inches in the air, probably made you feel like it was 4 feet in the air.

Ride safe
Good luck

Mike
 

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yea u have to hold on cant just flop around up there. 1st gear wheelies are tire eaters.
 

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It's all relative to how much you weigh. Personally, I drop and whack it open at 8k and she lofts up for me, then I sorta hesitate with the throttle once up to keep it from looping and give as much gas as needed to hold 'er there for a bit.

Anybody trying these for the first time, for the love of God, please cover the back brake in case you come up too hard, as -Gary has suggested several times. I don't wanna be to blame for someone looping a brand new 636... baby steps is a good philosophy.
 

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I'll second that 5 inches feels like 4 feet. My first wheelie I felt like I was gonna flip and my tire was only 6-8 inches off the ground or so.

-Flash
 

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Yeah i felt like i was 12'n, well not quite. but thanks for the advice, i'm a skateboarder and a risk taker by nature, so i like to push things a little too hard, i figure i'll get it eventually. But i'll be sure to take it easy, and be content with lower wheelies. i just wanna fly down the road on one wheel SOOOO bad ;p but i'm off to MMI in arizona in six months or so, so i'll learn a bunch there i think.. in and out of class.
 

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you guys are scraring me, dont want to try stunting anymore
 

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I have had my bike for a 1 month and 1 day as of today. I'm getting more comfy and some of my 1st gear wheelies are better then others. I have to say I have no idea how you can get it up in 2nd!!! I know that around 9-10K I'm holdin pretty tight and can't seem to make myself to "feather" the clutch.
 

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I was having the same problem in first I was getting great at getting it up and even shifting in second but I couldn’t seem to do it in second. Yesterday I nailed it in second with no problem. this is what worked for me.
1. come off the light (from a stop) in 1st shift at about 5000-8000 dont rev it out
2. shift into second and give it full gas at about 7000 rpms pull the clutch with your index finger just enough so you feel it loose power your RPM will shoot up pop it back out. If you keep the throttle at full you will bounce right up.
Hope that helped I'm trying to figure out how to come up when doing 55-65 mph down the highway.
"life’s biggest regrets are the risks never taken"
 

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I clutch mine up in first and 2nd gear. Clutch the bike up in first at slow speeds, say like 10-15 MPH...it will come up nice and smooth. Power wheelies in first are OK, but i would rather clutch it up cause it comes up every time at the same height. Powering up 1st gear is unpredictable.
 

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I've yet to try another one, i probably will tonight, i just gotta get comfy with the revs, i weigh in at a hefty 135lbs, so might not need to rev like some 200lb-ers so get my wheel up, anyway wish me luck.
 

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Originally posted by Deftone636

I've yet to try another one, i probably will tonight, i just gotta get comfy with the revs, i weigh in at a hefty 135lbs, so might not need to rev like some 200lb-ers so get my wheel up, anyway wish me luck.
I ride with a 130-pounder, and if he rides my bike and just plain rolls on in first or second WOT the wheel starts flyin' up on him. He doesn't need to clutch, he doesn't need to chop throttle, just gas through the gears and he can't HELP but power-wheelie. You should be in the same boat. Once it hits that 8k rpm mark, she'll lift if you just roll it to the stop. :D

You know, I'm not one to recommend wheelying the bike in town especially through the tight residential areas as I've always said, but I don't care WHO you are, there's just something grin-making about a nice smooth wheelie away from the stops. :D:D
 

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for the 636 don't shut the throttle then wot open throttle unless you are in low rpm's like right around 4 maybe 5k. to get it up cruise to about 9k the just open the throttle, baby steps, at first you will feel the wheel come off slightly the go back down, just open her more and more till you are comfortable with holding it up while varying throttle. takes practice.
 

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Sweet guys.. i never got to go out and try my wheelie, but knowing of a another 'little' guy like me doin em of natural throttle is nice.. i'll just take it out and open er up... see how high i get. the thing that sucks about my town is there's not alot of roads that are long and fairly clear, i don't wanna have to drop my wheel and break all hard as hell so save my life. most the country roads are gravely as all hell...
 
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