Originally Posted by grof
now can you explain what it takes to do this?
1) You need enough power to make the bike climb up the belt.
2) Most people are trying it at too high an RPM. The sweet spot to power the front end up is at a lower rpm than you would think.
3) If you are near peak torque it will most likely spin the tire because your forward speed is taking away leverage.
The sweet spot for me is 2000 RPM. Steady 2000 rpm and open the throttle it'll come right up (and over if you're not careful). If you want to do this with a bike making less power try the on-off-on with the throttle and use the suspension action/weight transfer to give the front end a head start toward the sky... Correct rpm, timing the power hit... you have to practice and get a feel for it... no one can tell you how to do it, you can't learn in from a book or an internet forum.
My grandson (10) and I have dirt bikes. He started riding my 125 recently and he asked me why he couldn't wheelie like I do... "You're going too fast in that gear, relax and slow down". He asked why he can't slide it around corners like I do... "You have to pin that throttle open ^HERE^ in the turn and hold it open".
I told him he has the skills, what he's missing is the ability to 'feel' and 'hear' what the bike is saying... and the balls to turn off that silly survival instinct. Now he can powerslide it all the way around the turns and ride a wheelie in 1st and 2nd. He'll hold that throttle in it until it's on the ground (he low-sided it like 30 times). It's a beautiful thing to see him grow a pair of stainless steel balls and become a rider.