If you ever watch the motorcycle stunt videos, you are bound to see many examples of the "stoppie", or "nose-wheelie". It is de rigueur for those guys, and it is always a crowd pleaser.
That was a fact in 1974, as well.
I was still a few months away from getting my first motorcycle, and well on my way to destroying my sister's 10-speed, one day when I found this out first-hand. I was hanging out with some kids over on Vine Street, when I accidentally lofted the rear wheel on the 10-speed, and rode for a few feet before it dropped back to the ground.
Everyone seemed impressed, so I decided to try it again. I rode a few feet, grabbed the front brake and lifted the rear wheel, a little higher this time, and let go of the brake. Amazingly, I managed to go 10 or 15 feet before the rear wheel came back down.
I couldn't ride a wheelie to save my life, but this "stoppie" thing was coming easy. The other kids were impressed, and I was having a good time entertaining them.
Of course, third time's the charm...
I'm sure you can guess what happened on the third go-around. I have to say, it seemed even more entertaining to the peanut gallery than the actual trick.
Always the entertainer...