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ADV PreppingSo You Want To Wheelie Like Chris Birch? Here’s How!

So You Want To Wheelie Like Chris Birch? Here’s How!

Chris Birch launches a new video series detailing off-road riding techniques.

Published on 03.11.2019

You probably already know Chris Birch as an Enduro Champ, Extreme Enduro Winner, Dakar Racer, or the guy that does unbelievable stunts on big KTM Adventure Bikes. What you may not know is that Chris also likes to share his knowledge with other riders as a coach.

In New Zealand, he offers several different clinics each year that are aimed at improving off-road skills for adventure riders. But if you can’t make it down to Kiwiland to get personally trained, Chris is developing an instructional video series called ‘Say No to Slow” covering different off-road riding techniques.

Chris Birch Training Video
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If we had a genie in a bottle, one of our wishes would be to make us wheelie like a stud, and that’s exactly the wish Chris tries to grant in the first video of the series – Four Processes to a Successful Adventure Bike Wheelie.

Chris Birch’s Four Processes of a Wheelie:

1) Bike Set-Up
2) Body Work
3) Motor Control
4) All Together

There is no shortage of YouTube videos offering tips on how to wheelie, but Chris seems to break it down into a sequence of small steps that make you think, “Hey even I could do that!”. He also explains that learning to wheelie isn’t just about looking cool, it’s an important technique for clearing obstacles on the trail as well. And while some may think they could never do the things the talented Chris Birch does on a big adventure bike, he credits the tips, tricks and shortcuts he’s picked up over the years for his success.

“I’m definitely no gifted athlete or anything, I’ve just spent a lot of time practicing and riding and pushing my own limits. It’s only a matter of desire, practice and persistence” — Chris Birch

Chris Birch Video Training Series

This first video in the series was a freebie, but he has other episodes available on Vimeo on Demand. Riding tips from someone of Chris Birch’s caliber are definitely worthy of support, and this new series might just be the next best thing to having your own genie.

Chris is interested in hearing what types of riding techniques adventure riders would like him to detail in upcoming episodes, so leave it in the comments below!

To learn more about Chris’ training clinics click here.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Jacob Murray
Jacob Murray
March 11, 2019 9:51 am

I enjoyed that video greatly! I prefer his method to my own, haha! 🙂 I’ll subscribe as long as it’s not an arm and a leg.

March 12, 2019 7:54 pm

This is great! Would love to see in depth techniques on slide/pivot, squaring turns, and all around power sliding a big adv bike. These techniques along with avoiding high and low sides while executing them.

Dave Burgess
Dave Burgess
March 12, 2019 8:00 pm

Wonderfully informative Chris. Thanks. I look forward to seeing your next video.
Dave B.

Sandy W.
Sandy W.
March 14, 2019 1:53 pm

Chris, Great video and information! I am IN!

May 10, 2020 6:43 am

Best “how to wheelie” I have ever seen! Thank you!

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