Robyn Stunts Tricktionary
This is a list of all the motorcycle stunt riding tricks I can do, along with a photo of the trick, a description of the trick (coming soon), and a little background about me in relation to the trick (coming soon). I have broken it down into 4 majors stuntriding categories; Wheelies, Acrobatics, Burnouts and Stoppies. You will notice that my stoppie section is empty. This is not a mistake…I’ve got work to do!
- Staggered. A staggered wheelie is a wheelie using the footbrake with your right foot, and your left foot on the left passenger peg. It’s a stable position that is encouraged for beginners learning to wheelie. You are close to the bike with your weight fairly centered. This is the first position I learned to do a balance point wheelie in. I also did my first scrape in this position. This was the first position I crashed in. When the bike would come too far back and hit the bar, I would step off. I used to pancake crash my bike all the time from this position. I still use this position currently to play on footbrake, to do some scrapes, and sometimes I will just warmup doing staggered step to foot on seat combos.
- Foot on seat. A foot on seat wheelie is a footbrake wheelie with your right foot on the rider peg covering the footbrake, and your left foot on the seat stander area. This was the second wheelie I learned, and was a piece of my first combo which was staggered step to foot on seat. I remember when I first tried this wheelie, it was easier to clutch up than a staggered because you are pushing weight on top of the bike with your left foot, rather than straddling around the bike like in a staggered position and pulling the bike back to you. It feels like the bike wants to get underneath you more, so you can stand up. This position helped me learn to get to balance point. It actually scared me when I first tried it because it came up so much easier than staggered that I grabbed the handbrake and stalled from a standstill. My first mousetrap.
- Foot in seat. A foot in seat wheelie is a footbrake wheelie with your right foot on the rider peg covering the footbrake and the left foot in the hole on your passenger seat. I wanted to learn this position so I could do 1 handers. I was also told that it was a great position to learn idle in. When I was first clutching up in the position, it felt all crooked and wobbly since one leg is centered on the bike, and the other all the way to the right. But once you get to balance point, learn how to straighten it out and put weight on your left foot, it is a comfortable position that is fun to do 1 handers in. Once I mastered this position, it quickly became my favorite wheelie. I don’t do it as often now as I would like to. I find a lot of my time spent on handbrake and trying to learn to circle. This season, I would like to perfect this position and get no handers down comfortably.
- Sitdown. A sitdown wheelie is a footbrake wheelie that you clutch up in the same position you ride a bike. Both feet on their respective rider peg, with the right foot covering the footbrake. This was the first wheelie I tried, for just a day or two and quickly retired it to learn how to wheelie in a staggered position instead. I didn’t revisit the sitdown wheelie very often, because it has always been a wheelie that feels very unnatural to me and hard to get down. I can catch idle, and I can ride a balance point sitdown wheelie, but few and far between. The majority of my sitdowns are a little bit faster, below balance point wheelies. I feel very vulnerable for disaster if something goes wrong in this position. I know it is just a mental block, and a sitdown is just like any other wheelie, but I still really stink at sitdowns. After improving my skills with footbrake scrapes this season and getting over the fear of putting my bike on the bar, I have made it a goal to revisit sitdowns more often and make myself work towards sitdown scrapes, to get over the fear of coming back too far in the wheelie. I always hit the brake too early, and I know I am doing it each time, I just can’t seem to quit the habit.
- Double back peg. A double back peg wheelie is a handbrake wheelie when your feet are on the back passenger pegs. Right foot, right. Left foot, left. For some reason, when I learned handbrake, I skipped learning double back peg and went to seat stander. I wish I had thought of back peg, or that someone had suggested it because it is a great position to learn in. I didn’t start to use this position until I wanted to learn little combos. Double back peg, step to seat stander. I found double back peg very simple right away. You are evenly balanced, in a wide stanced standing position and pretty low on the bike. It is comfy for straightline to combo in and out of. This was the position I first truly understood idle in and was able to ride an idle wheelie for an extended distance. I don’t like the looks of this position, but I like the function. I clutch up in back peg a lot and step into the trick I want, usually seat stander and then I try to circle from there, or step to something else. Double back peg is great in the winter or in the rain. Your weight is over your back tire, so it doesn’t want to spin on the cold wet ground as much as it would if you tried to clutch up something like a highchair wheelie.
- Seatstander. A seat stander wheelie is a handbrake wheelie. Both feet are either on your plastic tail section, an aftermarket tail saver, on your front rider seat, or a little mix of the 3. This is the first handbrake wheelie that I learned. It wasn’t until this season that I was good at them. I always felt a bit high on the bike, now they are very simple and a go to wheelie for me. I do a lot of my combos into and out of the seat stander position.
- Seat Stander Jump.
- Flamingo. A flamingo wheelie is a handbrake wheelie and is a variation of a seat stander wheelie. When you are in a seat stander, extend either one leg out behind you. The higher your leg, the better it looks. I could step to Ralph Louie and do tank wheelies before I could do a flamingo. I had a mental block that it was scary to just have one leg floating in the air directly behind you, standing on the other foot all unbalanced. Once I took a day to make myself learn flamingos, I laughed at how simple they were. Sometimes tricks really are all in your head. I now love doing flamingos and I’ve started an at home stretching routine so I can get a little more limber and have a kickass extension.
- Ralph Louie. A Ralph Louie wheelie is a handbrake wheelie where your right foot is on the left passenger peg, and your left foot is extended out beside you. I clutch up in a seat stander position, cross my right foot in front of my left leg and step to the left passenger peg. Then I extend my left leg out beside me. It was very simple for me to step to this position, I’m not sure why! I could do it before I could do a flamingo. However, I always let the bike fall just below balance point when I step to this position. Once in Ralph Louie, I haven’t been able to ride it out very far. I am working on keeping my bike behind balance point when I step so that I can ride these out further. I like this position because I am a huge fan of extensions.
- Shin/Knee Flamingo.
- Side saddle. A side saddle tank wheelie is a handbrake wheelie where you are sitting in the tank with both legs either to the right side of the tank, or to the left side. I clutch up in a double back peg position. I then bring my right foot across the bike and lower my bum into the tank. I can ride this out briefly, but I haven’t been able to take my left foot off the peg or ride this out at balance point. It is a fun position to sit to and was simple for me to attempt.
- Frogger. A frogger wheelie is a handbrake wheelie where both feet are in the tank and you are in a squatting, frog like position. A frogger is another one of those mental blocks for me. I start in a seat stander position and put one foot into the tank. That part is very simple for me. You then need to step onto that foot, and bring the other one up into the tank. This is where I have a mental block. I have only been able to shift my weight onto my tank foot several times. I usually end up just doing a seat stander wheelie with one foot in the tank. I revisit froggers every month or so. They are not high on my priority list due to the amount of time they are taking away when I try to work on them. I think as I become more comfortable stepping around the bike in other positions, I will naturally get over the fear of stepping into the tank consistently. I will continue to work on these over this season.Update: In April 2014 I did my first frogger in Las Vegas! Whoo, hoo. I can now step into the tank, but I cannot ride the wheelie out. I’m so happy I finally got my other foot up there but I still have a lot of work to do.
- 50/50. A 50/50 wheelie, or a Special K as some people call it, is a handbrake wheelie. You sit in the tank with one leg over your upper triple, between your forks and the other hanging to the side. This was the first tank wheelie I tried. I felt comfortable having one foot to the side, and one foot to the front, so if anything went wrong I could save myself to the side, the back, or the front. When I first tried to clutch up tank wheelies it felt scary sitting up on the tank, but it was a thrilling kind of scary that made you want to do it more. It took me a little while to work up to balance point, but once I did, I felt comfortable clutching up any tank wheelie. While I can hit balance point on tank wheelies, I cannot ride them on idle. I stay a little bit in front of balance point and I am constantly on the throttle. I am working on bringing them back behind balance point and finding idle. Unfortunately, with the cold winter months I haven’t felt comfortable to clutch up tanks tricks, so I haven’t worked on them in a few months. This is because the ground is cold and there is not a lot of heat helping to create grip and traction. The lot is also sanded and salted for the snow and ice, so it is sandy/salty all over. With all of my weight forward on the bike, combined with a sandy/salty lot and cold ground, my tire spins 98 out of 100 clutch ups. It is a pain to deal with, so I just put tank wheelies on hold this winter.
- Spreader. A spreader wheelie is a handbrake tank wheelie where you sit in the tank with both legs beside you, straddling the gas tank. You want to roll back onto your tail bone before you clutch up this position for the best leg extension. Spreaders were the third tank wheelie that I tried. First 50/50, then high chair, then spreader. I felt more comfortable doing 50/50 and high chair, because you have one leg out in front of you. This always make me feel like you had something to help stop you from going over forwards if you mousetrap. Spreader, you do not, since both legs are beside you. After working on tank tricks for a little bit, and never having mousetrapped (knock on wood) I went for spreaders. I love working on the extension of them. I ride spreaders just below balance point, but can ride them across the lot. This was the first tank trick that I got into and out of. I first learned to drop from spreader to seat stander. This trick is fairly simple, because you just have to roll your legs back behind you. Then, I learned seat stander jump to spreader. I only tried this on one day. I was able to jump, but my bike would be well below balance point by the time I jumped and I wouldn’t hold it long enough to extend my legs out. I haven’t worked on tank stuff in a while, but I am excited to get back to spreaders.
- Highchair. A highchair wheelie is a handbrake wheelie. You sit in the tank with both legs in front of you, between your arms. You can cross your legs, or keep them uncrossed. I prefer to cross my legs, it’s just more comfortable for me. This was the second tank wheelie that I tried, after 50/50. To me, it ended up being easier than 50/50. Reason being, you are centered on the bike, and the way you sit is just a lot more comfortable and balanced. When I was working on these a lot at the end of the fall in 2013, I was getting close to riding them at balance point and working towards catching idle. I have since redone my tank a little, and haven’t done tank wheelies in a couple months. When I went to try a high chair last week (Feb. 2014) I had a hard time clutching up. I only tried a couple times, as I was working on other things. I need to take an hour and get back to where I was at with these. I’m thankful for the warm weather in CA so I won’t have to take a break from tank wheelie work anymore due to slippery cold pavement like in MA!
- Foot in seat. This foot in seat wheelie is a handbrake wheelie. Your right foot is in the hole of the passenger seat, and you left foot is on the left passenger peg. You can also do it left foot in hole, right foot on right passenger peg. I prefer the way I have been doing it because I learned this position to start learning how to turn my bike. I was told it was a good position to learn to recon (large circles driving around the area, not a true circle) in. I picked up the position fairly quickly and was able to learn how to recon effectively in this position. I can now also do one full, true circle in this position as of April 2014! You have a lot of body control as you are low and close to the bike. The only time I don’t like this position is when it starts to turn to the right haha. This usually only happens when I highside out of a circle dip.
- Foot in seat flamingo. A foot in seat flamingo is a handbrake wheelie. Either foot can go in the seat. You can either clutch up in this position which would be one foot in the hole with the other foot on one of your rear pegs, or on the seat. I prefer to put my right foot in the seat, and I can clutch up right foot in seat, left foot left passenger peg, or step to it from seat stander. They are both very comfortable for me. Even though the position is very comfortable, I am not very comfortable extending my left foot into a flamingo. My extension is very low on a foot in seat flamingo, compared to my seat stander flamingo. I also can only extend it for a few seconds. I don’t really work on these much, but as I am typing I am thinking I want to add it into the regular weekend mix. From here, I can learn foot drags and other combos.
- Back peg flamingo. A back peg flamingo is a handbrake wheelie. You have either your left foot on the left passenger peg, or your right foot on the right passenger peg. The other foot is extended out beside or behind you. I think I may have made this wheelie up in my head. It is kind of silly and I’ve never really seen anyone do it haha. It is very easy, as long as you can do a double back peg wheelie, you can do this! I only did this trick one day, because I thought it would make a neat picture and help me balance the bike when I transfer all my weight to one peg.
- Footdrag wheelie.
- Zeros. A classic zero is an acro done with the footbrake.
- Sidesaddle zeros.
- Side Acro 1.
- Side Acro 2.
- 1 footed side acro “Ballerina”.
- Foot on tank.
- Foot on fender.
- Footsteer in tank.
- Footsteer from cage “Cheater Churro”.
- Jump to HC.
- Steering from 12 bar.
Let’s Not Forget the Tandem