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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-15-2004, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Dumb wheelie question

I know this is stupid... but can anyone tell me how to get over the fear of looping the bike in a wheelie? I can pull the bike up.. but I just can't seem to get myself to pull it up more then 6-8 in. That's a skimmer... not a wheelie. I have a Bandit 1200.. so I am doing power wheelies in 1st gear... not clutch wheelies. Any help out there?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-15-2004, 07:19 AM
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yeah, give it more gas.



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Practice mainly. While your starting try pulling the bike into you more as it comes up. Keep your arms bent and relaxed. Whe you start hanging back and pulling on the bars is when you get that feeling you're gonna loop. Keep your body position more upright until you get the feel of the front end being in the air.


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i am no one to give advice for high wheelies but the advice i will give is to cover the rear brake. I am sure you knew that but once you hit the balancing point its all cake from there.

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Practice on a dirtbike or a 4-wheeler. A big 1200 bandit is hard machine to learn how to loft the front wheel.

I'm no wheelie king like Gixxer Nick, but I've rode my share
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Powerwheelies r less predictable. My advice is use clutch. But no matter how u get them up, cover the rear brake, in case you're about to loop it. Other than that, u just got to grow some balls
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Damn dude, you got that little bandit floating quite nicely!
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my advice is practice, It takes a long time to get use to the roll off of the throttle that is needed when you do find the right height. But as far as learning how to get it higher, I like to stand up if I am riding one far it tells me how high the bike is because I can judge it on the rock up. If I am standing totally straight the bike is at a perfect angle to ride out, but that takes alot of practice and only works well if you are use to it.

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Thanks for the advice. I always have at least Jeans, boots, gloves, leather jacket and a helmet, but it's good to be reminded from time to time about the gear. Also.. still learning the bike and taking it slow... but, as I'm sure you all know, it's haed not to do something stupid and show off from time to time.

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The fear of looping is a survival instinct, and it's kept you alive this long.

Honestly, a little fear is a good thing. Take it slow learning wheelies. The more you practice them the higher they will start getting. Just give em a little more gas and try holding the throttle steady. First gear wheelies are twitchy, and as soon as you roll off the throttle (survival instincts) your engine breaking is going to bring the wheel right back down. Try getting it up and holding the throttle steady, and COVER the REAR BRAKE incase you come up to high.

Good Luck man!!

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