Motorcycle Wheelies in Utah

Story by Chris: Although cool to show off your new learned skill, let me tell you the last time I did a wheelie. I was on an SV1000S, stopped at a red light when a familiar face pulled up next to me. He rolled down the window and asked, “Want to race?” In my mind I said, “Oh please, son.” The light turned green and I was across the intersection before he could get over the cross walk. The front wheel naturally went up and I was doing a full wheelie down the road. As soon as I landed the front wheel, I noticed that the car right in front of me was a cop car. The car right beside it was an undercover cop car and behind me, there were two other cops that were waiting at the intersection. Of course, I got busted. My friend drove by waving out the window. I called him and said, “Well, looks like you won bro.”

The officer told me the offense of doing a wheelie in Utah. He said it was a class B misdemeanor. But what exactly is this? According to Utah law, it is the following:

  • Class B: Assault, resisting arrest, DUI, reckless driving, possession of marijuana under one ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting (under $300), trespass of a dwelling, public nuisance, concealed weapon, and many traffic offenses.

You are deemed on the same level as a drunk driver, or someone who committed assault! I couldn’t believe it when the officer told me. He also mentioned that if my college found out about a class B misdemeanor, they would kick me out and it would be as if I hadn’t gone to college at all. Luckily the officer only gave me a speeding ticket, if it was anything more, it would have had severe consequences on my part.

Lessons learned, learn the laws and weigh the consequences in your state before doing cool things. Sometimes it isn’t the best thing to do Motorcycle Wheelies in Utah

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