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The Raised Front : Types of Wheelies (Part II)

The most awaited Wheelie month begins to walk around different kinds of Wheelies mentioned and assorted last time. Consider reading this article if you want to grab the element and gist of each Wheelie. We have listed a brief about the first 9 out of 18 diversified Wheelies and also given a proof that Sportbike Freestyle Riding (SFR) is less understood and comprehensive motorsport.

So, let’s change the gear without cruising over the same topic.

Beginner Wheelies

As the name suggests, beginner Wheelies are the ones you should start with learning various elements on Sportbike Freestyle Riding (SFR). Thus, we are starting with this first chapter of the book and talk about one of the two types of Wheelies we know. The beginner Wheelies assist in factors like; learning to balance, sustaining the balance of bike on the wheel for recurring length, feeding or leaving the amount of throttle, and braking or clutching as per your needs.

Furthermore, most Wheelies in this category are in action while riding or sitting position.

Given below are common beginner Wheelies you can select.

  1. Basic Wheelie

Basic Wheelie is practiced in riding mean position after your bike attains a considerable momentum. While observing the position, half engage the rear brake with simultaneous clutch and engagement to lift the front wheel at 75-80 degrees against the surface. Then, immediately throttle the motorbike after releasing the rear brake and clutch at the same time. The longer the height is, the more is the possibility to sustain this Wheelie. The main concern is to balance the bike and body in continuous motion with required throttle and rear brake inputs.

The position is effectively evident by the test of endurance, the strength of arm muscles, and maintaining the dynamic equilibrium. This Wheelie is of two forms, namely the Basic Straight Line Wheelie and Basic Circle Wheelie.

  1. One Hand Wheelie

The basic Wheelie above is to carry over in all the Wheelies mentioned from now as step one. After practicing step one, you need to rest the hand on the right handle while removing the left hand from the handlebar. The selection of the right hand also assists you in throttle inputs. This Wheelie also demands the same balancing procedure with balancing the motorbike at a rear-wheel angle with continuous minimum throttle and foot brake inputs as per your requirements.

Here, all the weight got shifted to the right handlebar, which gives a look that the bike is tending towards the right. Thus, you should be confident and experienced enough in a basic Wheelie to proceed with a one-handed Wheelie. It is also in two forms as One Hander Straight Line Wheelie and One Hander Circle Wheelie.

  1. No Hand Basic Wheelie

It is a combination of basic Wheelie and one-hander Wheelie without hands. Once you have put all weight on the right handlebar and maintained an ideal counterbalance, you need to lock the throttle in place as constant inputs will not be possible here. You can now remove both the hands. You have to tap slightly on the foot brake to keep a steady balance. The No Hander Wheelie is in two variants; No Hander Basic Straight Line Wheelie and No Hander Basic Circle Wheelie.

  1. No Throttle Hand Basic Wheelie

You can practice No Throttle Hand for any Wheelie. In simple terms, the Wheelie refers to no throttle inputs. To be specific, start with the basic Wheelie, lock the throttle, keep the left hand on the handlebar to fiddle with the clutch. It is how you achieve a trick. The right-hand doesn’t touch the handlebar at any time during the throttle lock. The Wheelie is in; No Throttle Hand Straight Line Basic Wheelie and No Throttle Hand Basic Circle Wheelie.

  1. Twelve’O Clock Wheelie

A daredevil form of basic Wheelie is the Twelve’O Clock Wheelie, where all focus should be on maintaining an angle against the surface. Here, you need a shift from the typical primary Wheelie angle of 75-80 degrees to 90 degrees or a bit more. To perform the trick, softly press the rear brake. The method is complete after you hear a scraping Wheelie bar noise. The challenge is to sustain at twelve’o clock or return to the mean position.

However, the trick needs a lot of practice as a minor tilt than the vertical mean can cause the whole bike to flip on the rider. The Wheelie is performed in a straight line only: no nomenclature here!

  1. Old School Wheelie

In Old School Wheelie, the biker can get off the seat to practice beginner Wheelie, unlike others. The feet rest in the mean position with the left foot in the standard peg to shift gears while the right one being busy with the foot brake. The hands will rest busy with throttle protocol and the standard clutch. Well, you need to get out of the saddle and pull the bike up to maintaining the basic Wheelie angle of 75-80 degrees. The trick has two variants to perform: Old School Straight Line Wheelie and Old School Circle Wheelie.

Intermediate Wheelies

Proceed with intermediate Wheelies only when you have performed basic Wheelies correctly. As they are a step ahead of basic Wheelies, one needs to understand the specific poses and the amount of work done in brake, clutch, or throttle. Unlike basic level, intermediate Wheelies aren’t usual in giving importance to the riding positions. Instead, the concern placed is in the abdominal part of the body. It is required to perform different tricks with a high degree of control and balance.

  1. Can Can Wheelie

To achieve a specific posture, start with a basic Wheelie, and graduate with Can Can. You need to carry a set of things on this tricky Wheelie. The left foot is placed onto the right ralph flu-peg with the right foot engaged in the foot braking. This all happens with the front wheel raised in the air with required throttle inputs. The Wheelie is also in two forms, namely; the Can Can Straight Line Wheelie and Can Can Circle Wheelie.

  1. Footpeg Wheelie

The Ralph-flu pegs and hand brakes are hero parts for the Wheelie. Proceed with a basic Wheelie except for the role of a foot brake. Exchanging the position of a foot brake with the hand brake while standing on the Ralph-flu pegs in the Wheelie pose is what is called a footpeg Wheelie. For reference, Ralph-flu pegs are installed just below the pillion seat above the rear tire. Footpeg Wheelie also comes in two forms: Footpeg Straight Line Wheelie and Footpeg Circle Wheelie.

  1. Seat Stander Wheelie

This Wheelie does not start from the basics. Instead, in this, the front gets lifted, and sitting posture changes in a way that legs and knees rest on the seat. Then, a Wheelie is pulled to standard 75-80 degrees. Instead of foot brakes, hand brakes are used again, of course.

Initially, the act is in a straight line as you cannot use legs now to maintain the balance. Furthermore, this act is also in two forms: Seat Stander Straight Line Wheelie and Seat Stander Circle Wheelie.

Kindly note that circle Wheelies are in the league for their terms of difficulty. So, calling any circle Wheelie a beginner Wheelie won’t be right as the rider has to learn to balance for centrifugal and centripetal forces around a center. However, we listed circle Wheelies to make you understand their different terminology and did not arrange them in terms of difficulty. Well, we are preparing a separate article on the range of difficulty level the circle Wheelies are having.

To perform the Wheelie well, you need to understand the importance of variable gears. In the lower gear, especially the first one, the speed is low, which further makes it easy to keep things in a rhythm. For instance, a small cc bike with a designated width of tires would potentially weave out the straight line at a higher speed, which can be disastrous. So, maintaining the balance of the bike is also crucial for a rider. On the other hand, you can pull Wheelies in a much stable form with the bigger cc bike because of the well-built and properly centralized frame.

One can try to visualize the max rev in the first gear, where the bike vibrates a lot. Well, that will be a damaging throttle phase for Wheelie as the rider may tip off the bike due to unnecessary vibrations. Hence, it requires a lot of understanding, practice, and inherent talent to do even a basic Wheelie. We can now conclude that riding also needs the utmost concentration and discipline. A vague lifestyle affected with alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any sort is not ideal for a sportbike freestyle rider in the real sense.

Also, keep in mind to perform the activity off to public spaces and limit them in permitted areas, specifically the controlled environments. We do not encourage rash behavior or violations of traffic rules. Such hooliganism and harmful practices are heavily condemnable. Always wear appropriate safety gear and stay safe while you are on a bike. Ride on!

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About Gaganbir Singh

Gaganbir Singh is an avid automobile enthusiast with an experience in freelance auto journalism. Having chaired SAE (Society of Automobile Engineering) collegiate chapter during his graduation, he has had the chance to experience the genre hands-on. Interested in mechanics of how things work, he has spent considerable time working with some of the most esteemed names in the auto industry. Currently self-employed and exploring the palindrome by managing the best set of Sportbike Freestyle Riding extreme athletes of the country is his USP. Safety is a great deal of importance to him in the automotive spectrum.

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