Learning to know how to wheelie a dirt bike as a newbie can appear to be quite frustrating, but then, it is necessary. It would be best if you had a guide to put you through the basics and prepare you ahead for what to expect.
Have you ever wondered how the professionals are wheeling their dirt bikes? Before I came to an expert at wheeling, I was always envious of those phenomenal wheelies. This guide is to help you step-by-step accomplish riding by learning how to wheeling a dirt bike. The steps are below:
- Getting Your Posture Right
- Throttle Control
- Applying Brakes
- Take Advantage of Your Weight
I mean, even the best of riders once started as beginners and rose through the ranks to become professionals. They do this only through continuous practice, persistence, and determination. Today, they are admirable professionals every other person looks up to.
To help you with that, I have outlined the essential details you need to know and be aware of before starting to wheelie a dirt bike the right way.
1. Getting Your Posture Right
Posture comes first. If not, you’d be “killing” yourself. Most good dirt bike rider stands upright 90% of the time.
Just because many people have spent years practicing with some success sitting does not mean that it is the most effective technique. Although it works for some, in many cases and situations, they would pilot better standing up for the benefits that this implies, increasing their room for maneuver and visibility.
At first, it is quite tricky to assimilate; it’s one of the most common beginner mistakes, especially when coming from the road. You even seem more tired and insecure. However, you’ll see the thousand and one advantages of this position when you get used to it.
To begin with, your field of vision will be greater. The higher you are, the more meters ahead you’ll see to anticipate changes in the terrain.
At some point, you can carry out a weight transfer on the motorcycle. Supporting the weight further back to achieve traction or lightness in the front axle, giving more support to the front axle or making weight changes from one footrest to another, is much easier standing than sitting. The pressure is applied not only using our strength but also your weight, even with much more agility.
When driving standing up, you significantly increase your margin of maneuver with the motorcycle. The damping capacity is also increased. You have, in addition to your suspensions, the absorption capacity of your legs and arms.
All the space between the body and the bike adds to the suspension travel. Your legs will better control the irregularities of the terrain; at the same time, your mobility will be higher than when you’re sitting.
On the contrary, if you sit, each coincidence on the ground affects the spine and muscles, causing much more fatigue. So you have to struggle with the common tendency to sit down when you are exhausted, which sometimes costs a lot. You’ll be tireless while standing.
However, there will be times when it is useful to be seated, in addition to the exit of the curves. When passing very deep ruts, it is better to do so, paddling with your legs, holding tight so as not to be left behind. In those places, the highest ones will be more uncomfortable, hit the knees on the handlebars.
2. Throttle Control
What differentiates a good rider from a bad rider starts here. Gas softness is the phrase most frequently used in all courses. Riders of all off-road specialties continuously insist on it.
Many of the piloting errors come precisely from the lack of tact with this element. It is essential to carry mechanics with an excellent power-to-weight ratio, which means that gas shocks translate into excessive skidding or wheel lifting.
When you want to go faster and don’t have the necessary technique, you tend to abuse gas. However, seeing a good pilot performing a time trial, you will realize that he never hits uncontrolled accelerations. Instead, he keeps the gas open before and for a longer time, knowing how to take advantage of the change.
3. Applying Brakes
For braking to be effective, you must master using the rear brake to control and the front brake to end effective braking forcefully.
The best way to grab a corner is to sit in the front of the bike, giving more weight to the front tire and taking less risk of skidding. It would help if you took out the leg, this does not mean that the rider is afraid of falling, but it is the leg that gives us the direction of where we want to take our motorcycle. For this reason, the leg is removed with the course of the front axle of the rim, taking all the control and direction to get out of the curve effectively.
Also, the head must always be in the direction of the rudder at all times, causing the rider to have a better center of gravity.
Of course, I’d have to talk about the appropriate position of how to attack a jump. While in your attack position coming from a straight line, you grab the ramp, lean forward a little, fall back into attack position, and repeat the movement. By pushing yourself forward, you provide better stability and support to the motorcycle, giving balance to the pilot.
5. Take Advantage of Your Weight
We are using it as another weapon is definitive. It will allow us to act with more force. Either we are changing the center of gravity to where we are most interested in or compensating the bike movements.
As a rule, to take into account, you can almost say that it will have to be placed on the opposite side to which our motorcycle moves. When you have to lift the bike, you do not do it only with arms and legs. Once you grab the bike, take the entire body’s weight off the opposite side to counter the influence that way, you will save more energy. Sometimes even that will be enough to lift it.
Well, folks, this has been the safe driving segment; remember to wear a helmet along with all your protective gear.
Let’s start with the essential equipment since it is vital, boots, gloves, sweaters, pants, the protection of our head, the helmet is necessary. On many occasions, most people buy the helmet for its color or style without seeing the specifications or consider if it meets every other requirement to have better protection.
Also, you need to ensure that the hands are in the correct position, height, and fingers. Other factors to consider include the tire pressure, fuel, water, coolant, and the chain.
That said, you must keep the back straight with the chest out, your arms are always open square with the elbows up because our limbs are in this position. After all, it provides us with a better grip and positioning of the elbows, wrists giving flexibility when it comes to movement, having a better maneuver and control.
Your legs must be well pressed to the motorcycle, combining the arms’ position with the legs. This way, you can have better control and safety when driving.
Another point to take into account is the motorcycle model that you ride. Some are lighter than others in the front axle; therefore, your weight should be more delayed or advanced, adapting our position to our adventure companion. When the pavement is changing, you must be prepared to shift the weight behind, lightening the front end when the presence of obstacles requires it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What’s the best position for wheeling a dirt bike?
As mentioned above, wheeling a dirt bike while on a standing position gives you an edge to balance and better vision than sitting. However, you can practice the latter when you’ve mastered the former act well enough.
Q: How important is it to go wheeling with protective gear?
The importance of protective gear can not be undervalued. Remember, you’re just starting, and as such, you’ll have to deal with balance and other factors. To ensure minimal injuries, you need to use protective gear at all times.
Without mincing words, you shouldn’t attempt to wheelie a dirt bike unless you’ve successfully mastered the tips highlighted. Only then can maximum performance be guaranteed.
Once you religiously follow these steps of wheeling a dirt bike the right way, you won’t have problems navigating through tough paths. In due time, you’ll be feeling the adventure as the rest of us.
Of course, you’ll have to contribute your quota to become better, maintain balance, and have fun crossing uneven terrains, and getting over logs.