I'm no wheelie expert but I can get the front wheel up on my bike with *ease.* It was one of the checklist items after break-in and passed with flying colors!
I don’t ride long wheelies anymore, but it’s a breeze to get my manual ATAS to come up from a slow rolling start. It’s got *more than enough* power. Even with a full tank—and it doesn’t feel all that top heavy; but again, I’m not riding long wheelies and I don’t do fast roll wheelies like the embedded video above. I don’t have to pre-load the front end or do anything special but work the clutch and throttle and I’ve even popped them with traction control at my normal low setting, not off, but at 1 or 2. The bike has plenty of power.
But my ATAS is simply an amazing bike—it can do it all: when I'm practicing technical slow riding in parking lots, she feels for all the world, to me, like a torquey Police Motorcycle (in a cool way). When I'm slow riding steep hills in the dirt, she feels like a tractor (in a good way). When I pick up the pace on the open gently rolling trails she feels like a nimble rabbit. Tooling around side streets, she feels like a Harley or a cruiser sometimes. Out on the highway, at speed, she feels like a comfortable tourer. Maybe I’m just plain delusional, but happy to be so. She has more power than I’ll ever need, in all honesty, and plenty of torque. And she can pop a wheelie effortlessly.
My brother is a BMW fanatic—has several: everything from a vintage R80 GS to a 1200GS to a K1200 beast. I’ve ridden them all. And my cousin is a motorcycle mechanic and I've test ridden bikes with him for years. But none ever tickled my fancy anywhere near like the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports has. Not. Even. Close.
Man, I cannot wait to get back out when it finally warms up here. My son just gave me his old GoPro Hero3+. It’s a few generations old, but shoots in up to 4k. Can’t wait to share some beautiful VA trails and countryside, and the occasional wheelie… hopefully soon.
Ps. Here’s the same guy from OP’s link, Mira Lisy, showing his phenomenal skills on a stock Adventure Sports model. (I’d love to practice those “stoppies” if someone will lend me *their* ATAS for a couple of weeks)?