I saw a docco on Discovery Turbo with that English bloke. I recall the rules were that your bike has to be over 500 or 550cc and have at least 2 cylinders. That means they want to keep out trials, motards and mx bikes. Therefore, the best bike to learn tricks on must be a trials bike, a motard or an mx bike!
I’m pretty decent at messing about on a mountain bike so I expected to be pretty quick to learn wheelies on my CPI. Getting it up is pretty easy but holding it on the point of balance which is pretty much second nature to me on an MTB proved to be pretty difficult. Every time you touch the brake the suspension squats a bit before the front comes down and I inevitably end up pushing the brake a bit too hard, then the bike’s going too fast for first gear to work at getting it back up again. Shifting to second didn’t give me any more joy so in the end I just gave up trying to get better. I know I just need to loop it a couple of times in the pursuit of learning the balance point, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I must be getting sensible in my old age. Plus I was doing it by myself and a lot of people were giving me funny looks. I thought someone might call the pigs. And lying in the road at age 29 is a lot more embarrassing than at 15 I’m sure.
Stoppies wise, I can roll a stoppie for a respectable distance on a mountain bike because I spent about four hours a day learning how to do it when I was 15. On my CPI I can get the wheel off the ground but only when coming to a standstill which probably looks like I just pulled the brake too hard to the bystander. The standard front brake lacks the bite, feel and power necessary to quickly get it up onto its nose then just modulate on the point of balance. Also the point of bite of the front brake is too far out from the bar at its loosest setting. It bites at the point where your finger has very little power. You need to get it biting very close to the bar to get good finger power, right inside your inner finger joint.
One thing I did to help with wheelies was to cut the end off the clutch lever so I can let it out with one finger and keep three firmly on the bar. It made a huge difference to me, coming from a mountain bike one finger levering background.