Monday, July 02, 2007

Learn the secret of doing a stoppie!

Everybody's doing it. Ethan Hunt did it in Mission Impossible 2, Laurence Fishburne did in in Biker Boyz, Mike Metzger did it in the X-Games at the end of his rides. What is it? The reverse wheelie, or "stoppie". Here you'll learn how to get the rear end up on your bike without ending up on your rear end!

But before you try anything mentioned below, be informed that motorcycle stunts are very dangerous and illegal on public roads and car parks.

And of course, be prepared to pay for the repairs and injuries that will surely follow... The owners of this website will not be responsible for any property damages, injuries or loss of life due to actions taken by readers after reading this page.

So you wanna do a stoppie? Actually, it's easy, if you know the secret.

    And the secret is... go slow and apply the brake smoothly! Why?
  • 60km/ph stoppie = sliding/skidding the front end and
  • 20 kmph stoppie = easy trick. Apply the brake smoothly, not instantly!

That's what does the trick - simply trying it at 20-40 kmph. It's just because at 20 mph, we have a lot more confidence. And it's much safer. Doing it slowly and smoothly are the most important, but there's more to it:

Try it at 20kmph. Find an open parking lot and do a couple runs, more aggressive each time so you get comfortable with it.

You grab the front brake slowly at first and apply progressively more brake until the front end is fully loaded. On your practice runs (before you actually start doing stoppies), let go of the front brake before you stop completely - get used to keeping your balance after you release the front brake.

Loading the front forks is important, because it transfers the forces from the bike's weight onto the front before you bring the rear up. You can't just get a stoppie by instantly applying full front brake! That'll just slide the front (even at 20kmph if you pull too fast).

Why? Without the bike's full weight on the front tire, the braking force will be greater than the tire's stopping power and it will start to slide. This is because stopping power (friction) is proportional to the force pushing the tire onto the ground (vertically). When the front end dives, the bike's full weight is holding the front tire onto the ground.

Keep going further with the brake lever each pass until the rear end comes up. Be ready to release your front brake as soon as you feel uncomfortable with how high the rear end is. It'll be a good idea to release the brake as soon as the rear tire got off the ground - better to get used to it in stages.

Don't use any rear brake and don't expect the rear brake to keep you from going over like it does with wheelies. In fact, if you apply the rear brake while the rear wheel is up in the air, it'll make it harder to balance when you come back down.

Balancing is pretty important to pull off the trick without embarassment. Usually, a fouled stoppie will simply make you put your foot down. If you are going straight when you do the stoppie, it'll be a lot easier. Even when going straight, you'll find the back end could come down as far as 30 cm (a foot) from where it'd be if it were straight.

Keep the bike in 1st gear, because you'll want to accelerate once you come down to stabilize the bike (and leave the spectators behind !).

A stoppie done right will have you in the air for a good 2-3 (or more) seconds, and landing firmly on the pegs - ready to go again! Landing a little crooked, but still perfectly balanced looks even cooler for some reason.

There are more subtle tricks like standing up on the pegs a little before braking to make it last longer, but I wouldn't try that for starters.

Have fun and ride safe always!

Source:- Dirtrodders

Make sure u dont land up like this guy:-