How To Wheelie A Small-engined Bike?

Toma Rider

Hailing from Japan
Jun 7, 2017
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Miyazaki Japan
I ride a
Kawasaki Ninja 400R
Hey guys, I'm looking to learn how to wheelie. My bike is a Ninja 400r (43hp). I'm scared lol, any tips?
 

Reize

2 Wheeled Islander
Jan 20, 2016
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I ride a
DRZ400SM / Shadow 400 ACE / ZX6R
Make sure to be geared up from head to toe so when you inevitably fall it hurts less.

Drive off slowly, gear 2, clutch in, rev it and dump the clutch, and keep the throttle open. If you wanna lower the bike a bit without losing the wheelie use your rear brake.
 
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Toma Rider

Hailing from Japan
Jun 7, 2017
125
60
28
Miyazaki Japan
I ride a
Kawasaki Ninja 400R
Make sure to be geared up from head to toe so when you inevitably fall it hurts less.

Drive off slowly, gear 2, clutch in, rev it and dump the clutch, and keep the throttle open. If you wanna lower the bike a bit without losing the wheelie use your rear brake.
Thanks! I'll try it in a safe area
 

WheelyPerd

Everywhere @WheeliePerd
May 18, 2017
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Triumph Tiger 800 XCx
Firstly I'd recommend getting used to the feeling of full throttle, start in 2nd. Go slowly and then open the throttle fully, dont snap it open, but open it quickly. This will let you get used to that feeling.

To actually wheelie, same speed in 2nd, keep a consistent throttle position. Pull the clutch in but only so that it starts to slip, give it some revs and release the clutch. This should feel smooth and if done right should pop the front wheel up. Try more throttle opening and more clutch slip if its just not coming up.

Remember to cover the rear brake, this is deeply important, anybody can pull a wheelie, controlling it is hard.

Whatever you do, don't get frustrated at your progress. Rather take it slowly and build up your confidence and wheelie height.



Give us an update on your progress? Tried anything yet?
 

Toma Rider

Hailing from Japan
Jun 7, 2017
125
60
28
Miyazaki Japan
I ride a
Kawasaki Ninja 400R
Give us an update on your progress? Tried anything yet?
Hey I forgot about this thread sorry -.- My friend is actually going to lend me his dirtbike soon and teach me how to do wheelies on that! I'm tentative about trying on my bike before knowing what I'm doing
 

WheelyPerd

Everywhere @WheeliePerd
May 18, 2017
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South Africa
I ride a
Triumph Tiger 800 XCx
Hey I forgot about this thread sorry -.- My friend is actually going to lend me his dirtbike soon and teach me how to do wheelies on that! I'm tentative about trying on my bike before knowing what I'm doing
Great idea, dirt bikes are relatively cheap to fix if you crash it. Great friend you have!!!
 

EDcase

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KTM RC8 Putytat
Yes, great using a dirt bike first. Going on grass would be much better than road of course.
When back on your 400 I think you'll need to be in 1st not 2nd but let us know...
 

WheelyPerd

Everywhere @WheeliePerd
May 18, 2017
580
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South Africa
I ride a
Triumph Tiger 800 XCx
Yes, great using a dirt bike first. Going on grass would be much better than road of course.
When back on your 400 I think you'll need to be in 1st not 2nd but let us know...
Agreed, I dont think 2nd has the power to pop the front wheel up. But rather start in 2nd, then go to 1st.

Also agreed on the grass, much softer on your skin than tarmac.
 

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