The Wheelie: Stunt or Salute?
Posted on: 25 January, 2017
The Wheelie – a party starter for the fastest finishers! Live at the circuit or on the telly, everyone just craves to see the winners pop a wheelie post finish. It is almost like an addiction when you just can't wait for the lift off! Hold on now, ever wondered where this addiction for wheelies started? Have you ever wanted to know how? Guess what! We're going to answer all your questions one by one. Let's raise ‘em up!
To do a wheelie means to have the total control of the bike
– Francesco 'Pecco' Bagnaia
For all you rookies out there, a wheelie is when the bike's front wheel is in the air while the bike is entirely balanced on the back wheel. For the machine heads, a wheelie is a result of a sufficient amount of torque being applied to the rear wheel causing the front wheel to rise above the ground. Precision and care are two key parts for a perfect wheelie.
The oldest, the fastest, the longest – Wheelie Legends
Here's a mind-blowing fact, the first wheelie was recorded over a century ago in the 1890s. The daredevil was a trick bicyclist by the name of Daniel J. Canary.
Good ol’ passioneer Canary gave way to these thrill seekers~
Patrik Furstenhoff, April 18th, 1999: The Swedish ex-racer pops the fastest wheelie on the Guinness World Records – zooming past at 307.54 km/h (191.10 m/h).
Terry Calcott, 12th September, 2005: Records the fastest motorcycle wheelie over 1 kilometre at Elvington Airfield, Yorkshire.
Throttling on, the wheelie marks most celebrations, and has been a part of podium celebrations at the MotoGPTM World Championship Series ever since its inception.
Podium finishers pop a wheelie as a sign of victory, saluting their pit crew and fellow teammates. Just like this double-wheelie salute from our boys Martin and Pecco at the Czech GP.
A mark of celebration: Jorge Martin at our 100th Grand Prix race at the San Marino GP.
Passioneer's Quotient: The Wheelie Thrill
Passioneer Francesco 'Pecco' Bagnaia, raised his bike for six podiums last season. Pecco recalls 'that' feeling
It is a time that means joy, happiness. In most cases, you are celebrating the end of a race, a positive result or a podium. The thing I like most at that time? If you are able to do a long wheelie, the satisfaction is double.
Kyle D'sa, a passioneer based out of Mumbai, "When my wheel is up, all I think about is how to control the throttle and speed while I try to enjoy it more than anything... I do it for fun but it also comes with being safe and that means wearing my jacket and helmet at all times while doing it. Lifting wheelies make me feel like I'm doing something unique and very few people can do what I do... I never learned it from anyone but I have a close friend of mine as my inspiration and motivator who taught me a thing or two."
Nadeem Shah, a fellow passioneer based out of Mumbai and a mentor to young bikers says, "Doing wheelies makes you feel free like a bird flying through the clouds." Staying ahead of the curve, Nadeem leads the way with his expertise and passion!
Love the wheelie like we do? Do you have an experience to share? Share this article and join us on this lookout for more passioneers. Let us get the world to know what a wheelie truly is – a stunt, or a salute.
At the end of a race, not popping a wheelie means leaving the work unfinished.
- Francesco Bagnaia
Mahindra Racing was the first and only Indian constructor and competitor in the Moto3 World Championship between 2011 and 2017.