FHM article how to wheelie Motorcycle with pictures

DAREDEVILS

The Adrenalin Crew give a crash course in stunts

The Adrenalin Crew have taken more gambles on one wheel than a roulette0addicted senior citizen. When the Crew are not in front of a judge, they’re usually stuffing DVD’s full of eye popping stunts (available at www.adrenalinecrew.com).

They mix in some self-mutilation for good measure. Jackass set the bar for stupidity very high.” says crew leader Kenny Kelley. Here the crew, who have appeared in such flicks as Torque and Biker Boyz, demonstrate their more popular stunts.

Trying the tricks will either make you a lot of money, or have you chased by local law enforcement.  The Crew founded in 2001, broken 20 bones, have been issued 70 tickets.

The Adrenalin Crew show off the modified tools of their absurdly dangerous trade.

ENDO, KENNY KELLEY:

  1. Get up to 30 or 40 mph and tuck your legs under the gas tank and position yourself squarely on the bike. When you’re up on that point, your balance will be centered.
  2. Hit the front brake, and the ass end will life up. Hold the clutch with your left hand. If you bring the bike down suddenly- but you’ve lost speed and your back tire is still spinning at 8,000 rpms-you’re screwed. The bike will kick out.
  3. Feather the brake enough so you can keep it balanced without going over or going back. You’ll feel weightless.

Kenny Kelley;s 2003 Honda CBR 954- The front end comes up with no effort whatsoever. Its got a 12 O’clock scrape bar so you can bring your wheelie back past the balance point. It helps so you don’t slip backward and ruin your tail.

HIGHCHAIR WHEELIE, GREG MCGLYNN:

  1. Get the bike rolling at about 20 mph, then stick your legs over the windscreen as you life your body onto the gas tank. I smashed my tank in with a hammer-if it weren’t flattened, I’d slide right off.
  2. In any kind of wheelie, you have to slip the clutch as you get on the gas. You should be at least 3,000 rpm’s when you let the clutch out. The bike will just stand right up. Keep the gas on until you get to the balance point, then let off.
  3. When the bike is bast the balance point coming back down, give it gas to bring it down smoother.

Greg McGylnn’s 2004 Kawasaki 636- I replaced the crash cage. The last one took 15 hard crashes. It was steel tubing that was bolted onto the engine mounts of the bike to protect the engine case cover from getting smashed.

BAR DRAG SKITCH, STEVE PULLMAN:

  1. When you’re going 30 mph pop it into neutral and jump on the back seat, sitting with your legs on the back pegs. Put your palms on the seat between your legs, ready to eject yourself.
  2. Jump off the pegs with your legs in the your hands, and as your flying backward grab the bar. If you miss the bar, you’ll face plant.
  3. Extend your arms and let the bike grab you. If it starts pulling to the right, put pressure on your right foot to grab yourself to the right.
  4. You can ride it to a stop, or run alongside the bike and jump back on.

Steve Pullman’s 2001 Suzuki GSXR 750- Adding teeth to the sprockets gives you more torque for slower tricks. With the change in gearing, my bike would probably do only 1100 pmh. Out of the factory, it probably goes 170 mph.

TANDEM (2 person) WHEELIE, THEW BLANKSTROM

  1. The passenger sits side-saddle on the gas tank and swings their legs over the front. I put one foot on
  2. the passenger peg. The other foot covers the brake.
  3. Let out the clutch and give the motor gas. As it starts to come up, apply the rear brake so it doesn’t flip over. Engage the clutch and hit the gas hard so it comes up fast. With a passenger, there’s more weight to pick up.
  4. The slower you go, the more the bike wants to fall. If the bike tips left or right, shift your weight in the opposite direction for balance.

Thew Blankstrom’s 2000 GSXR 750- I’m on my fifth or sixth motor, my second frame, third front end and all the other parts that go with it. I have no lights, no gauges You beat the tar out of it, and the crowd loves to see it!

FHM DOUBLE COVER, REGULAR AND SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION!
APRIL 2006
Photographed by Andrew Brusso