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I've been futzin' around with pulling the front end up on my 1000RR. At this point I am most comfortable by "burping" the throttle in first gear at around 15-20mph. I've read and read and read about wheelies, watched the instructional videos and heard about 100 different opinions. At this point to me how you pull it up seems to be a matter of preferance/what you are most comfortable with.

Anyway, what I'm wondering is how do you know, or maybe the right question is do you know when you are at your balance point? I've been told that the point at which you feel like the bike is going to loop is the balance point, I've also been told it's just past that point, what I'm wondering is how do you know?

I've been pulling it up in first gear, covering the rear brake, trying to go thru a mental checklist and stay relaxed, when I can get it up and be smooth and steady on the gas I've been trying to bring it a little higher each time, but it still heads back to earth when I try to pull second gear in.

So, how do you know?

Thanks all.

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When your RPM's are no longer rising but staying constant then you are at BP. Another good way to know is usally when your forks are parallel to the ground.
 

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balance point isn't one of those things you can be told about. You have to find it and feel it for yourself. Trust me, if you're asking about it, then you haven't found it. You may think you're gettin really high up there... but you'd be suprised. Have a friend come out with you and video tape or take pictures. Then you'll see how high you're gettin. If you want to know what it feels like (general feeling) sit in a chair... rock it back onto two legs... and try to get it to stay in one spot while not holding onto everything. thus... blancing it. That feeling you get when you're about to fall back is the feeling you're looking for. Thats when you tap the brakes gently and try to hold the bike there with a combination of throttle and brake. You shouldn't need to shift gears... if so, you're too low and you're chasing the wheelie. the rpms will level out at bp and you won't need to speed up at all. Try bringin it up in second if you're tryin to do them faster, but till you learn, I would keep them in 1st. Its all practice and seat time. You'll get it. Gear up and have fun.
 

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jab said:
Whats up roadstain, good to see you post.
whats goin on everyone. Haven't been around the internet in a while. Still in Iraq for about another month or so. Just thought I'd pop in and see how things were goin. Needed to get my SBW fix. Glad to see some familiar faces. I'll be back in full swing once I get to the states. Take care everyone and ride safe...

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Whats going on Roadstain, hope everything is well and your keeping safe!

Roadstains advice about getting someone to tape you is the best thing you can do. You will realize that you aren't getting as high up as you think you are. When you hit BP for the first time you will prolly $#!* your pants. I know this because thats almost what I did. LOL! The bike will feel weightless and you will feel like you are going to flip backwards. I am still in the learning process of finding BP perfectly every time. I have gotten a lot better at it by practicing on my dirtbike. The good thing about the dirtbike is that if you loop it minimal damage occurs to you and the bike as opposed to looping you streetbike on the street. Once you learn how to catch the bike in the right spot with the rear brake you will only get better at it.
 
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