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Slow 2nd gear wheelies or 1st?

Old 02-11-2019, 08:15 PM
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Slow 2nd gear wheelies or 1st?

I have a 04' GSXR 600 and I'm new to stunting, been practicing in 1st and can clutch up at about 15mph and get to balance point sometimes around 30-35mph but I notice once I get into the wheelie if my throttle position isn't perfect the throttle is often too choppy to control safely (for me at this point) to go back more if I'm chasing so it ends up going all over the place and sometimes I slam down. I have a hand brake and I'm practicing with that but still trying to learn it. (Currently doing double back pegs)

My question is should I keep learning in 1st 15mph or would it benefit to raise the gearing on my bike and start doing from 2nd to have a more smooth throttle. Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:13 PM
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Re: Slow 2nd gear wheelies or 1st?

Originally Posted by DooskieDood View Post
I have a 04' GSXR 600 and I'm new to stunting, been practicing in 1st and can clutch up at about 15mph and get to balance point sometimes around 30-35mph but I notice once I get into the wheelie if my throttle position isn't perfect the throttle is often too choppy to control safely (for me at this point) to go back more if I'm chasing so it ends up going all over the place and sometimes I slam down. I have a hand brake and I'm practicing with that but still trying to learn it. (Currently doing double back pegs)

My question is should I keep learning in 1st 15mph or would it benefit to raise the gearing on my bike and start doing from 2nd to have a more smooth throttle. Thanks.
i'd say keep it stock and work on throttle, brake control and balance point. don't try to be a hero, just take it one step at a time. practice makes perfect. the guys you see killing it didn't get their overnight, it took a lot of practice. remember the brake is your best friend and muscle memory will keep you from looping.. its an entirely different beast when you gear it and switch to 1st, you go a lot slower, but the throttle will be a lot choppier. thats why people use second idle adjusters (set at around 4k) in the parking lot, so the throttle will remain steady and you can concentrate more on brake control to keep from looping, only blipping the throttle slightly when the front end dips. good luck be careful.
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