wheelie threw the gears.
Posted August 18, 2003 - 04:35 PM
Posted August 18, 2003 - 07:29 PM
Posted August 19, 2003 - 03:58 AM
Posted August 19, 2003 - 04:34 AM
Posted August 19, 2003 - 07:08 AM
I'd say the longest wheelie I have ridden would be about 1.5 - 2 miles on a dry lake in CA. You can go in any direction which means not having to avoid trees, rocks, or the curbs along roads. I can avoid some obstacles, but the faster you go, the harder it is to counter steer quickly. I think my friend clocked me at 35mph in 3rd on my XR200. He also tortured his 2nd gear on his DR200 doing 50mph! OUCH! He didn't know how to shift and I was next to him in 6th gear. I'm sure I've at leat hit 50+ on my DR650s in 3rd. Low speed wheelies are harder as you need real good throttle control, higher speed balanced wheelies is like being in cruise control usually requiring nothing more than a blip now and then if you hit a small bump.
Posted August 19, 2003 - 07:54 AM
Posted August 19, 2003 - 05:59 AM
My buddy has an XR650R and can ride them for at least a mile. He pulls up in 3-4th gear and takes off. We were screwing around on the street and he set down at about 80 after at least a mile and the front was going so much faster that he left a 10' black mark on the pavement as white smoke poured off the tire. It was so cool to watch.
I fully agree with the back brake issue. Keep your foot on it at all times so if you get in trouble, you can come forward right away versus going over backwards.
Posted August 19, 2003 - 08:04 AM
Posted August 19, 2003 - 07:53 AM
Posted August 19, 2003 - 10:50 AM
I used to ride a KLX 650 before this and the thing was top heavy, never was able to. Lifting the WR is easy while on whoops etc, but on a plain gravel road? Won't work
Posted August 19, 2003 - 11:03 AM
Where are you sitting on the bike? Are you relying upon throttle only? That shouldn't matter either. I have the WR250 and I can sit ON the tank and gas it hard in first and the thing will power wheelie (and would loop out) if I don't chop the throttle. It will also pull 2nd and 3rd easily. Doing 4th gear requires some clutch or hitting a dip (with a slight bar tug) to cruise them in 4th. There is no reason a 450 shouldn't be able to pop the front end up with just a throttle blip.
Are you trying to do wheelies from a stop? That's the worst way to do them. The front tire needs to be rotating for you to balance properly.
Here is a pic of me riding a wheelie across an iced over river.
Okay, so maybe it isn't me, but talk about difficult.
Posted August 19, 2003 - 09:06 AM
Posted August 19, 2003 - 11:13 AM
I find that body position AND throttle control are very important.
I can still grab a couple of gears while standing, but honestly, I have real good luck with simply "bouncing" up and down on the pegs while just getting into 5th. Then I "blip" the throttle, and the front end will come right up. A little body english to get the front end up to the "balance point" and then it is all throttle control.
I feel pretty confident in saying that I can pull them for 1/4 to a 1/2 mile. (Some of my BETTER friends tell me they are farther, but you all know how CONSERVATIVE I am.)
LEGALIZE IT! (Wheelies that is!)
Posted August 19, 2003 - 11:19 AM
Posted August 19, 2003 - 11:22 AM
Then my buddy just kept telling me to scoot back, back, back. Walla, now they are no problem. Look at SBG picture you can see what I mean by leaning into it. I am still working on shifting, but one step at a time.