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Good stuff.
 

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Good stuff.




Thanks for the feedback. I still feel like I left out some things, but that's usually the case.



Jami wants to learn how to wheelie ... so we might film a series of her learning from day one. ;-)



Are you on YouTube?
 

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Nah. I'd have no life at all if I owned a GoPro, and I know it..



For now I stick to still photographs of myself ruining perfectly good motorcycle parts by other means (Saws, welders, etc.).




Coulda saved myself a bunch of said parts if videos like yours were around 40 years ago when I thought I knew it all.
 

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Nah. I'd have no life at all if I owned a GoPro, and I know it..



For now I stick to still photographs of myself ruining perfectly good motorcycle parts by other means (Saws, welders, etc.).




Seeing video of yourself riding really helps. And filming can be fun (or a big fat pain, and we won't even get into editing raw footage ;-)



I use Kodak Playsports ... two of them. They're great little HD cams (plus waterproof and shock resistant)



I wish Helmet makers would catch on and make helmets with HD cams built into the right place (and adjustable) with a USB port in the back so you could just plug the helmet into the computer to pull the video.



Not only are Playsports cheaper than Go Pros, I think the footage is better, and the only modification I had to make to my helmet set-up was $3 worth of velcro. ;-)
 

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I have the Kodak as well...can you show how you set yours up?
 

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I have the Kodak as well...can you show how you set yours up?




How the Kodak is set up? You mean set up on the tripod? Or set up in my helmet?



$3 of velcro is my only camera set up for mounting the Kodak playsport inside my helmets (no mods to helmets at all)
 

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Inside your helmet?
 

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The only thing inside my helmet is my XXL big fat German noggin. No room for a camera...
 

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I thought about putting a camer inside the helmet or just in front, but I found out I can't pick my nose very well!
Found out my camera's are to big, but a small(er) camera like yours looks like it works. At least for audio purposes anyway.
 

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Learning to pop the clutch will be hard to do, when I've spent so long trying to be as smooth as possible with the clutch. It will be breaking an old habit.
 

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Actually, you can smoothly pop the clutch ! LOl

Bring on more and more tension - then let er go


icpchad , I'd like to see some pics of how you have the cam mounted in the helmet...if you have some!

Thanks!
 

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GREAT JOB icpchad ! Thanks for taking the time and effort to break it down for us.
 

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I'd like a little more detail on how you're actually popping the clutch, i tried learning wheelies this way and I felt like I was doing damage to the clutch every time I popped it



How I do them is by finding the right rpm range letting off the gas then cranking the throttle and pulling up on the handlebars





Saying 1 is the clutch pulled all the way in and ten is with the clutch all the way out



Do you do a quick flick from 1 to 10 or do you pull it in half way to five then feel it out to 10?
 

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I'd like a little more detail on how you're actually popping the clutch, i tried learning wheelies this way and I felt like I was doing damage to the clutch every time I popped it



How I do them is by finding the right rpm range letting off the gas then cranking the throttle and pulling up on the handlebars





Saying 1 is the clutch pulled all the way in and ten is with the clutch all the way out



Do you do a quick flick from 1 to 10 or do you pull it in half way to five then feel it out to 10?




Great question. After this video I realized how many 'little' steps I omitted, such as your clutch question.



I'm pulling the clutch all the way in using my index finger and with the clutch fully engaged, I'm revving the motor to up the rpms and letting the clutch go from 1 to 10 ... like a rubber band ... winding ... winding ... SNAP! ;-)



That pop is what brings the wheel up that first little bit ... the pull on the bars and leaning back is what brings it up the rest of the way to the balance point.



As for any damage to your clutch ... consider the stunt guys who do nothing but pop it up all day long repeatedly ... according to them ... they have no problems damaging their clutch by popping it this way even over long periods of time.



Other examples of things I omitted from the video:



- Be sure your bike is warmed up.

- Be sure your tires are warmed up.



I like power wheelies ... especially on my CBR. I'll rap it out in first to about 8000, let off for a split second, then gas it hard and she'll lift the front end up to about 10 o-clock high and scream off like a scalded banshee. But then I look down and realize I'm doing 85 in first gear on one wheel ... and well, I guess I can see how guys crash these monsters on a daily basis.



Thing is, power wheelies take POWER - for one - and speed/rpms for two - and using the clutch to deliver a split second of power to pop it up is more controlled and allows you to do it at slower speeds ... which is easier to do when you're on a bike with 100hp.



If you search YouTube, you'll find many, many tutorial vids on techniques for popping the clutch. Downshift83 's videos come to mind as they helped me learn to pop it up on my CBR.



Thanks for the great question.
 
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