Sarah Lezito shows you how to flip the perfect wheelie
You know you want to. And this is how you do itby Sagar, on
Sarah ‘Lezito’ Vignot. A girl who has been gifted with a bank of talent to dance around with a machine on two-wheels. And she is here to teach us mortals how to pop the perfect wheelie, and also keep our hands and legs intact.
Where, for some, balancing on two wheels becomes a task, Sarah takes it to a different level altogether. She is said to have completely evolved into easily perform wheelies, circles, 180 degrees and wheelies with no hands. Her fetish tricks are flip stoppies and rear wheelies.
Of course, she has had her share of multiple falls and fractures on her body. Yet she practices every single day without fail. She says “for new tricks you still have to disconnect your brain for a few seconds, to forget that you can fall, and that is the hardest work. Just do it! Don’t care what people think about. If you want, you can!”
1. Get comfortable
In other tutorials, they keep yapping about on how to keep your fingers, have a steady stance and position and some other things. But Sarah believes in having faith in yourself and get comfortable with the fact that you are trying something new and accept the consequences if you don’t get it right the first time. Because no one does
Of course, make sure you try the stunt in a wide open space where there are no walls, fence or other vehicles around. An empty parking lot or ground will be perfect for you to maneuver around.
2. Try it first on a small bike
Anyone using basic common sense while trying something new will know to start off small. Using a smaller 100cc bike for it will be less dangerous, less expensive to repair in case you have a fall, you don’t need a lot of space, and you can learn many types of wheelies with a smaller bike.
Using a small bike will also help you to learn the tricks pretty quickly, and this sure will boost your confidence to try it out on the bigger bikes. Everything will be pretty much the same on the big bike, and you’ll know to find the balance point soon.
3. Start slow. Use the 1st gear only
Sarah believes that this is the part where everyone goes wrong. "You’re going way too fast" she acclaims. One really needs to get used to the bike and the weight it lugs around. Starting slow will give everyone a better opportunity to control the wheelie.
There is no need to change the gear on the bike. Popping the wheelie on the first gear and staying there is more than enough for the first few times. Once you start gaining confidence, you can always hit the gear up a notch and try at a faster speed.
4. Controlling the throttle
Get accustomed to the throttle response and the amount of torque the bike is capable of. You need to get used to the feeling of the power coming out. Play around with the throttle and know how responsive it is.
Follow the movement of your bike while opening the throttle and move back a little to push weight to the rear of the bike. Controlling/opening the throttle will create torque at the rear end and will help you lift.
5. Use your hip to push back
This is where all the ’rocket-scientist’ in you must come to play. When you open throttle, sure there is torque built at the rear, but you also need to shift most of your weight to the rear. How do you do that? Just thrust your hip onto the rear saddle and open the throttle at the same time.
You can feel the magic happening. With the front end light, the bike gets prone to ride on the rear when you open throttle. Make sure all this happens as smooth as possible and not in jerky movements.
6. Go up but use your rear brake
At this point, you are half-way there. You might feel you can take it all by yourself from this point onwards, but trust me, you cannot. The goal here is to find your bike’s balance point where you can hold the wheelie.
The best way to find that out is to try going higher in progression. Sarah says that this is the hardest part. Focus on going as straight up as you can. And using the rear brake helps you hone to do just that. When you start going up, push your rear brake immediately.
Repeat this step as often as you can and slowly try going higher and higher while braking the rear late every time, but keep this straight. This will get you comfortable with the braking and helps you not to go too high and loop your bike. Once you get the balance point and your throttle position right, there is nothing else left. Your first wheelie is successful.
7. Landing: Use a little bit of gas
Finally, after satisfying your soul of the gravity-defying stunt you just pulled, it is time to land back on the ground safely. This is quite simple. All you have to do it to get your body weight in front of the balance point and the bike automatically leans back down.
Just use a little gas while you come down and you are good to go home all intact.