Wheelie On A Motocross Bike
Learning to wheelie on a motocross bike isn't the most dangerous trick you can do, but wheelies on motocross bikes aren't tricks to be taken lightly either. Exercise extreme caution when doing any tricks on a motocross bike, wheelies included. Always, always, always make sure you're wearing the proper gear when attempting a wheelie on a motocross bike. Helmets are NOT optional. Neither is the padding. Make sure you're covered from head to toe when attempting a wheelie on a motocross bike.
What you need:
- motocross bike
- knee and shin guards
- elbow guards
- neck collar
- bike gloves
- protective jacket and pants
- motocross boots
- Get your gear on. Before you even think about attempting the wheelie on your motocross bike, make sure your properly covered. You're already running the risk of injuring yourself and damaging the bike. The least you could do his maximize your protection during your wheelie attempt.
- The wheelie. Doing a wheelie on your motocross bike is quite different from doing a wheelie on a bicycle. In order to pull of a wheelie on a motocross bike, you need to have great balance, understand how the throttle and clutch balance each other out, and finally, how to use your rear brake to help stabilize the bike in the even of you raising your front wheel too fast.
- Doing the move. While riding the bike, get into your neutral attack position. This is simply placing your butt squarely on the seat while leaning forward. You need to have your arms at right angles with your elbows towards the sky and you hands on the handlebars. Make sure your fingers can reach the cluthch and throttle on both. Now, pull back on the bike and shift your weight to the rear of the bike lifting your front wheel off of the ground. Use your clutch to help stabilize the bike. Gently apply pressure to the throttle to push you forward on one wheel. Applying too much pressure on the throttle will surely make the bike topple backwards, so pull the throttle just enough to keep you moving while using the clutch to balance you out.
- Your rear brake. This boy is your safety net. You can use your rear brake to counter the throttle. For instance, pulling the throttle too hard will push the bike backwards and you'll fall off. But, if you can catch that rear brake before the bike goes to far up and back, you can help to bring the bike back to the proper position to wheelie on the motocross bike. It's a game of balance.
- Practice. Learning how to manipulate your bike properly is the only way to successfully pull longer and longer wheelies on your motocross bike. Don't get discouraged if you can't hold long wheelies right away. Just practice using your clutch and throttle, as well as that rear brake to keep you wheelie-ing for longer and longer.