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Hi All,

I've been riding for around 5 years now, but have never been able/taught to power wheelie. In due course, I will be taking up courses etc to learn stunts and all that. But wanted to know if it is possible (on an R3) to pop a wheelie in 1st gear. If so, how?

Your advice is appreciated :)

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I haven't been able to get more than a few inches off the ground powering up. You really need the clutch (in first) to get any real lift.

Start at low rpms, 4-6k, clutch in, rev a few thousand quickly, dump clutch. This should all be done within a second or so if done well.

Start slowly and increase the rpm jump as you get more comfortable. Cover the rear brake in case you get scared or get too vertical. Wear your gear as well, really easy to go down when messing around.
 

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Hi All,

I've been riding for around 5 years now, but have never been able/taught to power wheelie. In due course, I will be taking up courses etc to learn stunts and all that. But wanted to know if it is possible (on an R3) to pop a wheelie in 1st gear. If so, how?

Your advice is appreciated :)

Thanks
Hello I weigh around 200 lbs not sure with gear. Anyway i can wheelie all day long on my R3, its not the bike that is lacking it is your technique. The bike will only wheelie in 1st gear, most likely due to my body weight. Unless you change the sprocket out for a bigger one, but stock 1st gear only. It helps if your on an incline, but all you have to do is accelerate, drive around 2-4k RPM and crack the throttle . The bike will immediatly life up off the ground and then ease off the gas a little once you reach the balance point. You can normally just ride the wheelie out and after it redlines the bike will drop. Ive gotten a ticket so far for 30-50 ft wheelie past a resturant with people outside lol >:D . You have to be very careful you dont flip the bike, but the key is throttle. THROTTLE THROTTLE. You want to power wheelie? THROTTLE THROTTLE THROTTLE. You have to be confident in what you are doing, and it is good practice to cover the rear break with your foot but not neccessary. Just sit, be confident, drive for 2-4k RPM build some torque up, let off the thorttle and instantly crack it and the bike will lift up no problem. Ive foun that starting between 5-6k rpm is also pretty sweet for lift off and having the bike stay up, but once you hit redline your going to drop the front. Keep in mind power wheelies are known for being sporadic and not so easy to control, so make sure your not crashing down. Find your comfort zone, be confident, and slam that throttle and ride that bad boy out YEEEHAWW
 

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Just to be clear... A power wheelie is when your bike makes so much power the front end just lifts up. Unless you hit a **** of a bump, the R3 doesn't do this. In this bikes case, you would just be popping a wheelie because you had to try to do it.
 

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The truth is an R3 will never do a power wheelie, this is when the front wheel is lifting in response to a rapid twist of the throttle. I used to ride an R1 which would power wheelie so easily you had to be careful not to flip it. If you want to wheelie an R3 you must fan the clutch. Roll on the throttle to about 6k/rpm then let the clutch out about half as fast as you would on a normal take off, when you feel the front wheel start to lift pull back your body weight and roll on more throttle, if the wheel dropped to soon you can retrieve it by pulling the clutch back in a little giving it more throttle and then releasing the clutch slightly slower. You definately wont be finding balance point for many attempts but every time you try it you will get a little bit closer to finding that perfect ratio of throttle/clutch/weight transfer. You need to practice alot to get the feel for this sweet ratio and once you have it then it will become a body memory and you can crack wheelies without even thinking. Just remember, dont be in to much of a hurry to get vertical otherwise you may end up on your back!
 

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Thanks for all the replies.

I'm going to try what you have all said (may even record it on my GoPro). And then post it to show progress, hopefully it won't be too embarrassing lol.

Thanks again for all the advice :)
 

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The truth is an R3 will never do a power wheelie, this is when the front wheel is lifting in response to a rapid twist of the throttle. I used to ride an R1 which would power wheelie so easily you had to be careful not to flip it. If you want to wheelie an R3 you must fan the clutch. Roll on the throttle to about 6k/rpm then let the clutch out about half as fast as you would on a normal take off, when you feel the front wheel start to lift pull back your body weight and roll on more throttle, if the wheel dropped to soon you can retrieve it by pulling the clutch back in a little giving it more throttle and then releasing the clutch slightly slower. You definately wont be finding balance point for many attempts but every time you try it you will get a little bit closer to finding that perfect ratio of throttle/clutch/weight transfer. You need to practice alot to get the feel for this sweet ratio and once you have it then it will become a body memory and you can crack wheelies without even thinking. Just remember, dont be in to much of a hurry to get vertical otherwise you may end up on your back!
No offense but your wrong. The R3 does power wheelie, but you have to give it some rapid throttle in first gear only. If a 200 lb 6ft5 can wheelie in 1st gear, and you cant your just not good at wheeling, simple. You just have to throttle your way up, no clutch up. Hence the term POWER wheelie. I find clutch ups pointless on this bike. You can easily find the balance point from power wheelie the R3 after you get the hang of it for a bit. I wheelie with my R3 all the time, solid 30-60ft (only because the bike dips after your redline, and you cant wheelie in 2nd gear unless you change sprockets and teeth.). Its really fun to do it on a slight decline because its easier to hold the bike up halfway from being completely vertical. I should just upload a video to prove to all of these num nuts that think the R3 doesnt have the power to pick up. Yes its no R1 or R6 in terms of horsepower and torque, but its still in the R family and should be respected as such.
 

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You say no offence and then call anyone who doesnt agree with you a num nut! Sorry i thought we were talking about reality not your dreams!
 

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Try not to get offended by him, he has stirred up a few good arguments in other threads by making these kinds of claims.

Ask for proof, wait, and wait.... And wait some more....
 

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You say no offence and then call anyone who doesnt agree with you a num nut! Sorry i thought we were talking about reality not your dreams!
Guess I'm gonna have to rig my phone up to record myself because people have no idea how to wheelie. You realize even a 250cc or a gromp can wheelie? It's not the bike it's you. I'll try and have something soon but it's cold out don't really ride much this time of year. You could also just go on YouTube and search Yamaha r3 wheelie. The r3 has enough torque in 1st gear to power wheelie and if you don't think so. Hold the clutch sit in 1st and take off by slamming that throttle I'll guarantee you it lifts up. You don't feel the bike lifting up probably due to hesitation or bad technique. Don't worry the bike is retarded to wheelie on anyway, it's wayyy easier on 600+ and more fun. Yes in other posts I've had to argue with people. Just because you can't do something doesn't mean it can't be done. I've even got tickets to prove I was wheeling. Got careless driving. For doing it downtown shopping area. Expensive lunch that day lol.
 

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Guess I'm gonna have to rig my phone up to record myself because people have no idea how to wheelie. You realize even a 250cc or a gromp can wheelie? It's not the bike it's you. I'll try and have something soon but it's cold out don't really ride much this time of year. You could also just go on YouTube and search Yamaha r3 wheelie. The r3 has enough torque in 1st gear to power wheelie and if you don't think so. Hold the clutch sit in 1st and take off by slamming that throttle I'll guarantee you it lifts up. You don't feel the bike lifting up probably due to hesitation or bad technique. Don't worry the bike is retarded to wheelie on anyway, it's wayyy easier on 600+ and more fun. Yes in other posts I've had to argue with people. Just because you can't do something doesn't mean it can't be done. I've even got tickets to prove I was wheeling. Got careless driving. For doing it downtown shopping area. Expensive lunch that day lol.
Is the misunderstanding maybe that a power wheelie does NOT involve the clutch? You're in gear and you're rolling, and you twist the throttle and wheelie. That's a power wheelie not a clutch-up wheelie. My FZ09 and now my XSR900 will power wheelie. No clutch involved.
 

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No offense but your wrong. The R3 does power wheelie, but you have to give it some rapid throttle in first gear only. If a 200 lb 6ft5 can wheelie in 1st gear, and you cant your just not good at wheeling, simple. You just have to throttle your way up, no clutch up. Hence the term POWER wheelie. I find clutch ups pointless on this bike. You can easily find the balance point from power wheelie the R3 after you get the hang of it for a bit. I wheelie with my R3 all the time, solid 30-60ft (only because the bike dips after your redline, and you cant wheelie in 2nd gear unless you change sprockets and teeth.). Its really fun to do it on a slight decline because its easier to hold the bike up halfway from being completely vertical. I should just upload a video to prove to all of these num nuts that think the R3 doesnt have the power to pick up. Yes its no R1 or R6 in terms of horsepower and torque, but its still in the R family and should be respected as such.
Let me make this clear. Wheelie skill is irrelevant to a power wheelie. A power wheelie is when your motorcycle has so much power it just lifts the front end up. My S1000RR, for example, will power wheelie in first and second at WOT all day long. If I crest a hill or anything, even in like 5th gear (like on the back straight of COTA) the front end will lift right up as well. I can wheelie on my R3, but it does not do it on engine power alone. It needs help to do so. Thus not making it a true power wheelie.

If any extra feedback or effort is given to make the front end come up other than just using engine power IT IS NOT A POWER WHEELIE.

If you hit the power, let off to load the suspension, then recrack the throttle it's not a true power wheelie.

So before you start correcting people on using the CORRECT terminology maybe you need to get your terms correct. And maybe quit popping wheelies in populated areas enough to get a ticket for being an idiot. People like you bring a bad name upon all of us. Take it to a lot or an empty road somewhere and keep it off busy streets.
 

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Let me make this clear. Wheelie skill is irrelevant to a power wheelie. A power wheelie is when your motorcycle has so much power it just lifts the front end up. My S1000RR, for example, will power wheelie in first and second at WOT all day long. If I crest a hill or anything, even in like 5th gear (like on the back straight of COTA) the front end will lift right up as well. I can wheelie on my R3, but it does not do it on engine power alone. It needs help to do so. Thus not making it a true power wheelie.

If any extra feedback or effort is given to make the front end come up other than just using engine power IT IS NOT A POWER WHEELIE.

If you hit the power, let off to load the suspension, then recrack the throttle it's not a true power wheelie.

So before you start correcting people on using the CORRECT terminology maybe you need to get your terms correct. And maybe quit popping wheelies in populated areas enough to get a ticket for being an idiot. People like you bring a bad name upon all of us. Take it to a lot or an empty road somewhere and keep it off busy streets.
Haha your funny man. You have an amazing bike, one that i would truly love in my fleet. The infamous bmw s1000rr. respect. No the R3 does power wheelie, as in rev the engine to a high enough rpm and it will lift off the floor. Idk why you people are so mind melted about this. Especially for those 120 lb japs that track this all day long, the bike has enough torque to lift off the front in 1st gear. Doing different techniques makes it not a real power wheelie, but even doing it the most fundamental way as in starting from a stop. 1000 super sports power wheelie to the point of natural behavior, if throttled enough. And they hold the true definition of power wheelie, but the r3 still can. And to your comment about correcting people, i was because there seems to be this crazy concept that the r3 can wheelie but never mean any disrespect for the people of this forum. People like me make people smile and yell. We will always strike a medium. I get a lot of thumbs up and respect for what i do on the bike and sometimes the cops catch you you get a ticket and on with your day. Kids love me lol, pop a wheelie next to them there mind is blown. We mean no harm, just like to express ourselves on something we love to do. Dont we all, in what we are passionate about? Anyway enjoy your s1000rr! that bike is heaven sent
 
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