I like you EARL, you are as honest as they come. No bullshit. I like that.
I will tell you this, and take it for what it's worth.
At 80mph in second you are turning some good rpm, and the motor has alot of leverage on the tire in second. It is a bit easier to balance in 3rd at 70-80 than in second. You have to be alot smaller on the throttle in second than in third. Just a thought.
The higher up you are the more the bike wobbles from side to side it would seem. When your wheelieing with the front tire only 2 foot off of the ground you are accelerating so hard the bike goes nice and straight. the higher you get the front wheel the less you will be accelerating and the more side to side wobbles. My opinion anyway. I have just now been able to ride a wheelie at the same speed, and I notice myself moving side to side on the bike more keeping it going straight.
You will not need the back brake on a 1000cc 4 cyl 11.8:1 compression motorcycle. Just letting off will bring you back down.
I know exactly what you mean by playing with the throttle causing you to speed up. I do the same thing. Some days I am in way more control of it than others. I have to just take a deep breath, and then get the wheel up and make myself hold the throttle UNTIL I NEED to let off. It easier said than done. You can safly go PAST the balance point and keep the bike wheelieing. thats how the good wheelie guys slow their bikes down. I try to keep reminding myself of this. It is the fear of going to far back and not being able to save it that keeps our hands rolling on and off the throttle.
I hope to meet up with you If I go back down to Dallas. I would love for you to show me some of the places to ride in Dallas. My last trip was not what I expected. I will show you what I know about wheelies and you can show me what you know. then we will both be able to wheelie better