I ride an XR400R and was just cruising through this forum for a peak... I noticed this thread and I'm always looking for a tip or two to improve my wheelie skills :-)
WR450 has HEAPS of power compared to a (nearly) stock XR400... All I've done is pull out the baffling, open up the air intake
and jet the carb. I currently ride my bike on the road everyday and love having something light and tall to "throw" between the traffic :-D
I've been wheelieing on the road for a bit now, I started out on a Suzuki
GS500E, which believe me was NOT a fun start point... I had to rev and dump her in 2nd to get the nose up to the balance point then try to catch it so I didn't have any little embarrassing moments
(I've been riding since I was 7 so I've had about 15 years now) :-P
Since I got hold of my XR (about a year ago) wheelieing has become one of the easiest and most pleasurable activities :-D I can pull it up in 1st/2nd/3rd and ride it up to 5th gear up to about (88mp/h)140kp/h if going for speed or level out at about (60mp/h)100kp/h and keep her there...
It took me about 3months of stuffing about to get the confidence up to sit on the balance point and I can now pull it up and sit on it in 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th..
The best piece of advice I can offer is: Set up your basics first (ie, learn to ride before you try to pull ballance point wheelies) When you are much more familiar with your bike and have a little experience behind you it should be very simple to pull the WR up on her tail and (eventually) learn to keep it there.
Starting off wheelieing, simply roll on some power in 2nd or 3rd and start the front coming up, you won't need to dump or "blip" the clutch at all... just start off with something small (maybe a foot off the ground) and keep at it as you build your confidence. Once you get the hang of it bring it up faster and higher and as it comes up further it'll become easier and more natural (If it feels like your gonna go all the way over, shut the throttle (unless you've really stuffed up this'll be heaps)). Watch HEAPS of stunt video's!
As it stands, I'm currently trying to improve on my current record of 3.2km on the rear (through some light curves)... Anyone else out there going for distance?
One more thing...
(no matter what country you are in) DO NOT appreciate wheelies on the road...
If you're as silly as I am and get some road action, don't even think about it until you have been riding for more than 2 years on the road. The last thing a driver expects to see is a motorcycle coming down the road bashplate first and this usually results in some particularly interesting reactions. Even if you are in your lane, don't rely one them not to take you out
Oh, and find the quietest piece of road you can