Whenever I mention that I want to learn to wheelie, the naysayers go on about how reckless/foolish/stupid that is. Tommyrot! While wheelieing certainly is cool, the objective is the skills you acquire while learning to do it:
- throttle, clutch and brake control
- timing and coordination (opening the throttle just as you finish the move that uncompresses the front suspension)
- being able to loft the front over rocks, logs and holes
- being able to jump washaways and ditches that surprise you when riding the adventure bike at speed on a dirt road
Good luck and enjoy. I have also found it to be good exercise and it certainly beats spending an hour in the gym for fun, excitement and improving your riding. One rule I do have is to never show off your wheelie skill - especially when there is a camera around - it almost always ends in tears.