How to wheelie with Rok Bagoroš

Duncan was asking in the comments about doing a wheelie so I thought rather than tell it myself, it would be better to ask the wheelie meister himself, Rok Bagoroš, so without further ado:

You must know how much twisting the right hand influences the throttle. If you have a powerful bike be careful. Do it STEP BY STEP!

There are two types of wheelies. Power wheelies and clutch wheelies.
The best way to learn how to clutch up the wheelie safely is by practicing off the street and away from any obstacles.
Clutching is by far the best way to get wheelies up, regardless of whether the bike has enough power to power it up.

There are many advantages to clutching wheelies vs. powering wheelies.
1. It allows you to wheelie bikes that don`t have enough power to power it up. 2. You can wheelie at lower rpm`s, and therefore slower speeds. This allows beginners to keep a wheelie up longer, with out being at the balance point. 3. The launch is more predictable. When powering a wheelie up, the front end comes up relatively slow. Then when the front end is about 3 feet off the ground, the front end jumps up very fast under full throttle, making for a scary and unpredictable launch. When clutching up wheelies right, the front jumps up close to the balance point. From there you just play with the throttle to fine adjust the height. After a little practice, clutching becomes very predictable and not frightening at all. 4. All of the pros that I know of clutch every wheelie.

How to clutch up the wheelies:
Close the throttle, and then pull the clutch in all the way, with one or 2 fingers. You need to have the clutch held at exactly the edge where it bites and let it out quite quickly as the power kicks in. When learning to clutch, only rev up the engine a little bit at first before letting out the clutch. This will give you the feel for clutching. Then gradually increase the rpm’s before dumping the clutch, until the front end jumps up close to the balance point. Reduce the throttle as the front end comes up to the balance point. If it comes up too far, gently push the rear brake to bring the bike forward again. When clutching second and third gear wheelies, the bike may need extra help, depending on what bike it is. If clutching alone doesn’t get the wheelie up, then bounce at the same time. This is done by pushing down on the bike (with your arms and legs) at the same time you open the throttle, and then leaning back slightly when dropping the clutch. It is not a good idea to pull on the bars. Pulling up on the bars may cause the wheelie to come up funny and wobble.

How to avoid crashing:
Always cover the rear brake and the clutch, as soon as the bike is going too much on the back squeeze the clutch and the brake to save you from the crash. Be careful the front tire must be always straighten up when you are going back down!

1 Comment

  1. herecomesduncan 5 years ago

    Been away from the machine for a few days and come back to read this – Brilliant!

    Can’t thank you and Rok enough for putting this together, it’s invaluable info.

    The virtual beers are on me – or reality beers if you’re ever in Cheshire :)



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