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just wondering if you guys know any wheelie instructional video. this forem has helped me a lot but i need a real visualization that could get me a better idea of how to do wheelie ...
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I dont know how to say this without sounding rude. There is no video you can watch and learn how to do wheelies or tricks. Everyone has there own way and opinion. Its something that comes with seat time and being comfortable on a bike, once you get it down its not hard to jump from bike to bikr and do tricks. The balance point your in when riding a wheelie is something you sorta feel, and it changes by the way your standing or sitting. How I practiced when learning was me and some friends rode out to a safe spot and just practiced and practiced. We rode around 16,000 miles in 10 months. Just take your time and learn at your own pace, and listen to everyones own opinion on how to do tricks and come up with your own way that you like. Hope this helps. If you look at my video's there is one showing me clutching a wheelie in 2nd and one doing a standup in 3rd on a stock 01 6r.

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thanks miny ... did you fall off when practicing? this is the thing, i would love to be able to do wheelies but i can't afford it if my baby has another scratch or dent ...
 

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Knock on wood, I havent fell off any street bikes, but when I was younger riding dirt bikes I flipped and wrecked trying wheelies and stunts. On wheelies just start out small and keep doing them higher and as you get comfotable, and dont be affraid to let off the gas and slam it down. When I was learning if the smallest thing didnt feel right I would set it down. Are you tring to learn sitdowns or standups?

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Just like minytrker said I don't think videos are going to help but if you know any one that can take you out hit them up. If you see it in person and get specific tips from someone watching you that'll improve your wheelie skills a lot. One of our riders never had done a wheelie before riding with us and within a couple of weeks he was busting 2nd gear standups forever. More than anything it's practice. As far as crashing I never crashed a wheelie before trying 12's, but that's a whole differant animal. Here's a couple quick vids of some of my wheelies.

http://www.btbriders.com/movies/highchair.wmv
http://www.btbriders.com/movies/sitflamingo.wmv
http://www.btbriders.com/movies/doublefreeway.wmv
 

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Well, about the videos... FastBikes Magazine (UK) has at leat two videos of their collection that are called "How to pull wheelies" (I and II). I've seen the II, and they don't tell ya how to do it. THey just do it over and over, on the most incredible situations. All you can do is watch, learn and be stunned at their crazyness!!

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I'm actually trying to learn both, sitdowns and standups. Which one is easier? Well, let me ask again, which one do most people think easier to do for first learner?
And I want to know, what do you feel when you're doing your first wheelie? Did it feel like you want to fall off to the back or what?
 

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It all depends if you feel better sitting down or standing up. You have to get comfortable with the front wheel off the ground. I never felt like I was gonna fall off, but in the begining you always think you are higher than you really are.I think it is harder to learn standups first becuase its more technik on pulling it up in 2nd, but I have taught people both ways. I say do which ever you like. To me its all about learning the balance point. Obce you learn that and are comfortable it doesnt matter, standup, sitdown, standing on the seat or doing combo's. Just take your time and go at your own pace.

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BTB...that bikes looks like it comes up so easy. I just don't get what I'm doing wrong. Maybe not enough rpms?

In first gear I've tried being at 6000 rpms popping the clutch to 8k or so and I can only get my wheel up for a split second and it comes down right away. I've tried just throttling it as well and that doesnt work either. It just revs the shit out of my bike but the wheel never comes up. And forget about 2nd gear anything.

Damn I'm frustrated.

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I can almost turn mine over popping first like that, and I ride at 8300'. Might your clutch be slipping?¿

-gary
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Not fully engaging when you release it.

-gary
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I'm no wheelie expert like btb is, but Marine, I have a 96' zx6r, and I can bust first gear wheelies like a kid on a ten speed. All I do is speed up at a normal pace up to about 8000 rpm, then let off completely, then gas it hard. Front end comes up every time. I can ride it out so far that I have to set it down to shift into second. Haven't quite perfected shifts while the front end is up in the air. I can get the wheel up a little bit in second too, but haven't really put a lot of work into it yet.

-keep the rubber side down. (yeah, right)[}:)]
 

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Oh by the way, if you're new to wheelies, I wouldn't suggest popping the clutch as a method of getting the front airborn. I've seen people loop out like you wouldn't believe.

-keep the rubber side down.[}:)]
 

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I do mine just like TommyV with the exception that I can ride second out. When shifting from 1st to 2nd, I make sure I'm just about near a perfect balance point while the front wheel is still climbing then shift (no clutch / with slightly off throttle since the momentum of the wheel going up) and your set. I also agree that popping the clutch in first is not a good idea, second you should be ok and able to correct since the climb is slower.

 

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i got the same bike as you :) no decal in front and just ninja in back and also the half tank bra.

except now i put short stalks in the rear.
btw, i'm trying to learn to wheelie myself...is your bike stock and is this the bike you wheelie on?


Originally posted by yratellim

One other thing, learn with your right foot resting on the bake brake to drop the wheel down if you get in big trouble.

 

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Just got it two days ago and hit some nice wheelies on. I don't get crazy with anything other than just sitting. Standing up is ok but that's it. I haven't done any standing up yet on this one. DOn't think I'm going to either. I used the same method for my GSXR750, and other 600's except for the 90CBR600F which I had to fan the clutch. I try to stay away from the clutch if possibly on any bike.

My bike is stock with the exception a 2Bros slip on. I live in PGH, PA and hit a couple today. Weather is about 50 degrees, but still a little cold for my taste. This bike does wheelies pretty well. I'm still getting aclimated from my Vmax. If you really want to do some wheelies easy I would increase the back sprocket one tooth higher. Don't lower the front sprocket, it generates to much hp robbing friction/heat, espcially on the parkways.

 

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Beautiful in PGH, PA today (66 degress). Went out today to see exactly what RPM to load the fron end and give a tug on the bars. 8Grand, on throottle back on quick and with authority while giving a tug on the bars. I went through first, even short shifted second adn road thrird gear for a short time. If I had a better balance point and high RPMs, third can be ridden with no proble. I blame it on being so new to the bike. I will say one thing, I really don't liek doing them that much. The feeling is great but I can't help to think what the impact is on my bike. That's alot of torque and abuse. Not so much as fanning the clutch so if you going to do them, do it this way. This was all sitting down. None standing.

 

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I'm personally more worried about my front shocks taking abuse on landing than I am the engine. These things are made to run hard, but soft front end landings are pretty hard to come by, for me at least, unless you get it just right. Oh well, I guess I need some more practice.:D
Honey, go get my helmet.

-keep the rubber side down.[}:)]
 
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