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A wheelie is a common motorcycle trick. The throttle and rear-brakes are used to control the wheelie. On more powerful motorcycles (usually above 500 cc) the front wheel is lifted into the air by accelerating, but on smaller bikes the clutch may be used.
Since the introduction of the GSX-R750, many motorcycle enthusiasts have learned that a threshold phenomenon exists with high power and low weight sportbikes. Wind resistance becomes quite large at freeway speeds, and any motorcycle able to lift the front tire in the air at 65mph and above can maintain the wheelie for miles without the use of a rear brake or any advanced skills.
This phenomenon is largely responsible for the glut of sportbike wheelie videos which has become popular in the U.S. starting with StarBoyz and continuing with Las Vegas Extremes, and now several hundred sportbike stunt videos on VHS and DVD.
The definitive book on the subject is titled "Wheelyin' With the King" from the late Doug Domokos. It focuses on motorcycle wheelies