I am no longer a wheelie virgin. I have had a great day at Paul Gower's\nwheelie school.\n[URL]http://www.thewheelieschool.co.uk/[/URL]\n\nPaul doesn't claim to teach any sophisticated launch techniques. His\napproach is the shortest, simplest route for novices like me to get the\nfront wheel up. There were five of us with two bikes (1200 bandits) so\nthere was one group of three and one of two. I was in the two-man group,\nwhich was really good because it meant more practice. We had five runs at a\ntime then swapped over. The day started with a briefing about safety and\nthe basics of achieving a power wheelie (on these bandits - accelerate to 30\nin first and then smoothly but sharply open the throttle fairly wide). There\nthen followed a couple of familiarisation runs. After that it was "go for\nit" with lots of helpful advice from Paul.\n\nI must admit I was worried that I might not manage it at all but I needn't\nhave been concerned. I was actually the first one to get the wheel up -\nabout a couple of feet, followed by panic, a rapid descent and a slight\ntesticle/tank interface. Fortunately this didn't put me off and as the day\nwent on I gained skill and confidence. I can't claim to be any kind of\nwheelie god but by the end of the day I was getting the front up pretty\nconsistently and at times keeping it there for more than just a quick\nup/down sequence.\n\nPaul is a top bloke - very supportive and helpful and with a really good\nsense of humour. He also had a stint in the afternoon where he demonstrated\nhis own skills - very impressive! The other guys there were a good bunch and\nit was a really enjoyable day. I would recommend it to anyone.