Popping on a wheelie is a fantastic way to impress your friends and onlookers or to look cool on your motorcycle. Doing a wheelie on a bike is the easiest tricks to learn but if you don’t have your balance right, popping a wheelie can become a difficult trick for you to master.
To be honest, doing a wheelie on a bike is one of the most time consuming and difficult moves out there. But once you can accelerate quickly, pull up the handlebars of the bike and knowing how to position your weight for balance, then you are good to go.
There are two types of wheelie.
- Power wheelie
- Clutch wheelie
HOW TO DO A POWER WHEELIE ON A MOTORCYCLE?
The first way you can learn to do a wheelie on a bike is to discover how to do a power wheelie. This version of the wheelie is the most basic and it will help you build your confidence, so you can know how to do the more difficult clutch wheelie.
To perform a power wheelie on a motorcycle you will have to-
- Lean or sit back on your bike
- Switch into first gear and take off
- Let the clutch out once you`ve started moving
- Open the throttle.
If you get these 4 steps right, the front end of your bike should lift off the ground. Continue the process until you can control your throttle so you can ride the wheelie longer.
HOW TO DO A CLUTCH WHEELIE?
The clutch wheelie is very different from the power wheelie and it usually takes a longer time to master it. However, it is not beyond your reach and you will be able to ride this wheelie longer and farther. You can ride this wheelie once you follow these 6 steps.
- Sit upright
Unlike the power wheelie, you don’t have to lean backward. Stay comfortable on your bike and allow the throttle and clutch tp do all the work. The major challenge for persons who want to learn this trick is figuring out how to control the clutch and throttle.
- Maintain Your Speed
To start with, you will need to build a steady RPM. Foe this wheelie, you should have between 1,500 to 2,000 RPMs which breaks down to about 10 to 20 MPH.
- OPEN YOUR THROTTLE AND ACCELERATE
To start this wheelie trick, you will need to open the throttle quickly and accelerate which will compress your rear suspension. Compressing your suspension is very important for a clutch wheelie. Just remember that you are not building speed, you just need enough power to go vertical which happens around 5,000 RPMs.
- DISENGAGE THE CLUTCH
You need to disengage the clutch quickly so you can acquire lift. So, immediately after your acceleration, you need to disengage the clutch, thus allowing your engine to re to between 5,000 to 6,000 RPMs. You will have to practice this until it becomes a smooth transition.
- RELEASE THE CLUTCH FAST
When your power is around 80%, then release the clutch. However you don’t have to release it too fast or your RPMs will become too low, in other to maintain a wheelie. The truth is, you will need the practice to master this, there is no magical formula to acquire this wheelie technique. Once you get it right, your bike will pop up.
- CONTROL YOUR THROTTLE AND CLUTCH
Once you can master the getting up part, you will have to figure out the right balance of throttle and clutch to maintain the wheelie. To stay up, you will obviously need to keep on the throttle and clutch. You need to balance both and it will definitely take you time to learn how much of each you need.