Idle wheelies: Clutch, gas, back break. Easy enough to wrap your head around, but the reality lies in the detail: a 350lb bike, metal cage and asphalt as the arms to catch you when you fall. Unfortunately; I am attentive to details.
My tasks were simple to begin, I was to bring my bike to a complete stop, clutch up to balance point, then hit the back brake to bring me down. Initially I struggled, well in reality I struggled for a long time, some days I pretty much just wanted to leave my bike, key in ignition, in the ghetto and walk away from it all. Some said I should have learned on a fifty first, but I think that’s just because they’re used to seeing girls on fifties. Some said I should learn fast wheelies first, but I think that’s just because they can’t do slow wheelies. So I stuck to my agenda, I would learn slow, I would learn right and above all I WOULD learn
And so it went, up, down, up, down. Swollen wrists, bruised knees, learning became a game of mind over matter. I knew I could do it; it was only a matter of orchestrating my body to execute. For a long time my body and bike sung in unharmonious chaos…
Going into stunting it never crossed my mind I wouldn’t do it, but after sometime of practicing I realized it crossed a lot of other peoples’ minds. So began my relationship with the male dominated stunt community. Classically in stunting, like in most facets of society women are: a) Accessories b) Groupies (observers not doers) and c) Trophies. Its undoubtedly hard, not to let the men, egos, judgments and disparage get to you, but at the end of the day I just want to ride. So I’ll just ride and hope that my presence will be a catalyst for change within the community and more girls will pick up the sport. I have to say the guys I ride with really are unlike the consensus and I have more optimistic support then I could ask for.
Some time and one cracked motor later I had Idle on lock. I won’t say it was easy, because it really wasn’t for me, but I did it and now I know I have the confidence and foundational skill to step it up.