Originally Posted by OldSkoolMC
With only been riding for 5 months... I wouldn't be worried about doing wheelies. You're fix'n to loop that sucka
But if you are going to do it, do it safely.
1) Gear Up! Protecting your head is the most important thing you can do on a bike.
2) Stand in the staggard position, left foot on rear peg, right foot COVERING brake. (Like a couple of other people have suggested.)
3) Practice clutch ups. They come up smoother, and are more predictable. Since you are on a 600, try it in 1st gear. Get going about 15mph, then pull the clutch and rev the motor, then releasing the clutch as the motor reaches its highest rev. Stay on the gas as you release. To help the bike out, you can bounce the suspension. Right as you are going to release the clutch, press as hard as you can on the handlebars, then let the suspension come right back up as you release the clutch. Dont pull on the bars as that will make the bike come up crooked and off balance.
4) When you are going to put the bike back down, dont let off the gas completely. You want to stay on the gas a little bit right as the front tire hits. This will help make things alot smoother (aka save your balls).
All that stuff works for me on my CBR600F2. One thing you might also try is lowering the PSI in the rear tire to about 18-20lbs.
You should be practicing this in a safe, empty parking lot, with at least one other person there in case you go down. For safety reasons I dont condone doing wheelies on the streets. Good Luck!