How To Wheelie A Dirt Bike Like A Pro


Wheelie Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide from The MX Factory

Wheelies, a fundamental skill in the world of motocross, can be both thrilling and challenging to learn. Tyler from The MX Factory breaks down this iconic maneuver into three simple steps. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to refine your technique, this guide is an excellent resource.

Step 1: Body Position

Finding the right body position is crucial. Sit neither too far forward nor too far back. Aim for a neutral position with your upper body, keeping your elbows at a 45 to 90-degree angle. For your lower body, scoot back on the seat. A good rule of thumb is to have about two to three fists of space from your groin to the tank. This position offers better control and prevents the bike from tipping too far in either direction.

Step 2: Control Mastery

Understanding and mastering your bike's controls is key. Tyler recommends using two fingers on the clutch and one on the front brake, though this can vary based on personal preference. The trick is to pull in the front brake slightly to load the front end, then simultaneously release the clutch, release the brake, and add a bit of throttle. This coordination is what lifts the front wheel off the ground.

Step 3: Balance and Rear Brake Usage

Balancing front to back is vital in maintaining a wheelie. The rear brake is your safety net; it helps control the bike's balance point in conjunction with the throttle. When you reach the high balance point during a wheelie, your ability to modulate the rear brake will determine whether you stay upright or end up on your back.

Join Us for Practical Learning at The MX Factory

Eager to put these steps into practice? The MX Factory offers clinics tailored to riders of all skill levels. Under the guidance of experienced instructors like Tyler, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice wheelies in a safe, controlled environment.

Our clinics provide a hands-on approach, ensuring that you not only understand the techniques but also apply them effectively. Sign up for a motocross clinic today and take your wheelie skills to new heights!