Well...All of this clutch wheelie talk made me curious.
I went out for my 2 hour Sunday ride and while I was out, I decided to give one a try.
To give a little backround, I have been doing those pathetic little close/compress/open and pull first gear wheelies for about a year now. I never get them to the balance point and I just "chase" them untill I run out of gear or get scared and drop them.
So I am out on a back road that is straight and flat. No cars in sight, full gear, and a cell phone. (Alone, but I dont really have anyone to ride with) I get into second gear at about 4k rpm and I crack it. I mean I crack it like I would in sixth gear trying to pass some fool going too slow on a 2-laner. Just when the tach really starts to climb I feather the clutch with all four fingers (minutes later I used just two fingers and that worked out much better) and quickly let it back out and BANG!!! She comes up like she never has come up before. But nice and smooth. I had no idea the control that could be achieved by clutching it. No weight shift, no pulling on the bars, no sitting back on the seat, just a pop of the clutch and you are there.
So now I am up. In second gear. At a much more comfortable speed. You know how at about 40 mph your bike runs along very nicely, where as at 25 at the top of first gear it is kind of jumpy and flimsy. I dont really know what I mean, it just felt better. And I could control it! Of course I droped it before I got real high, because I did not know what to expect. In second gear you are not 1/20th of a throtle turn from slamming the front end down like you are in first.
Anyway, thanks to everyone for helping to convince me that clutching it is the way to go...You were right!