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Free Riding Tip by Gary Semics Wheelies part 1

Discussion in 'Riding Tips' started by Gary_Semics, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. Gary_Semics

    Gary_Semics PR Member

    Lisbon, Ohio
    (The Art of the Wheelie)

    Wheelie King 1 1200.jpg :cool:There’s no doubt about it wheelies are cool; they’ve always been cool. Not only are they cool but they also have benefits in motocross racing which we’ll see later in these riding tips. Just about anyone can master the wheelie if they understand the correct techniques and get a lot of consistence and frequent practice in. Of course the key to mastering the wheelie is balance. There is front to back balance and side to side balance. The front to back balance is controlled with body movement and the throttle and rear brake, even the clutch at first in order to get it up, the front wheel that is. Once you have it up (in the balance point range, more on this later) it’s a matter of keeping it there and keeping it straight.

    Techniques for keeping it in the balance range (the balance point).

    What exactly is the balance range and point? The balance range is the range relating to the angle of the height of the front wheel. If the angle goes too high (the front wheel gets too high) the M/C will go over backwards. This is why you have to be able to control the rear brake. If the angle of the M/C is too low it will fall back down and out of the balance range. The latter is where you would have to lean back and give it more throttle. The balance point is where you and the M/C are at the perfect angle in the balance range. This is where the M/C doesn’t try to go back anymore or forward anymore. You don’t have to slow down with the rear brake in order to lower the front or you don’t have to pick up speed in order to raise the front. You are in the wheelie’s perfect balance point. Of course this is much easier to accomplish on smooth ground (such as pavement) but when the ground in uneven it takes an uncanny amount of balance and control with your body movements, throttle and rear brake.

    Part 2 coming soon. In the mean time start out practicing on a slight uphill and get used to keeping your foot on the rear brake. Don't use it unless you start to go over backwards but keep your foot on it just in case.

    For more free riding tips, free MX Technique DVD teasers, order online and MX Schools visit; www.garysemics.com
  2. MX955

    MX955 PitRacer Pro

    Racing Number:
    Free riding tips from Gary Semics,very cool!!! Keep them coming Gary..thanks!
  3. Jmmx689

    Jmmx689 PR Member

    I attended your riding schoole (3 days), Mr. Semics. We never went over wheelies! haha. At 28 now I was on 80's then. So it's been an awfully long time The class was at Mamoney's tracks if I spelled that correctly. One thing for sure I've still over the years applied everything I've learned to ride my butt off up until a few years ago when I slowed down all together in the sport. Love seeing this tips hopefully people will read and apply them to the track! You'd be a fool not to!
  4. GeorgiePorgie

    GeorgiePorgie PR Founding Father

    Ohio the 440
    Racing Number:
    The bigger the rear tire the easier it is to get to the balance point.
  5. Gary_Semics

    Gary_Semics PR Member

    Lisbon, Ohio
    Thanks, Mamoney's track, yea I did schools there for several years. I do most of my school at my Lisbon Ohio track now.
  6. SixOneFive

    SixOneFive PR Member

    gary semics is the man
  7. NQ1965

    NQ1965 PR Elite

    Heath, Ohio
    I've got several of your videos. Watch them regularly.
    It seems no matter how many times I've watched I always pick up on something I missed before, or that certain parts become important at different times.

    It's great to have you on the site.
  8. LuckyStar64

    LuckyStar64 PR Addict

    I just saw this post. I actually have Doug Domokos's book-- "Wheelying with the King". I had it signed by Doug when I ran into him at the M/C Show here in Cleveland back in '94. Doug was doing this really cool "stunt Show", and I had him sign my book when I saw him walking around there. -- really cool!-- L*64

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