With two hundred fifty moto wheelies complete, I can say that the skills transfer from bicycle to motorcycle is going well. Progress is slow. At least the work is fun and rewarding. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.
My main learning has been to abandon what is unskillful. Letting go of fear is always difficult. But trusting yourself to pop a 400lb machine straight to balance point from almost a dead stop takes courage. Fortunately, I am brave. And I can do it. I’m getting a little better with using a foot brake instead of my index finger and being over the balance point is becoming more routine than scary. I must say that I’m a bit sad that the heavy heart pounding has left me -- in other words, the thrill of danger is gone. I’m starting to pull moto wheelies with confidence and style. Yes!
With a quarter of this project done, I seem to be on track to wheelie a motorbike endlessly by the heat of the summer 2011. Only time will tell.