If the S1000RR breaks new ground, it's in electronics. Like the Aprilia RSV4 and Yamaha YZF-R1, it's got a ride-by-wire throttle and variable-length intake tracts. Dubbed E-gas, the former employs push/pull throttle cables to control a computer solenoid, which in turn opens the 48mm throttle butterflies. The latter sees the top 65mm of the torque-producing 175mm-long stacks snap out of the way at 8000 rpm, leaving power-boosting 110mm stacks in their wake. There are three engine maps stock: Rain mode softens throttle response and limits power to 150 bhp; Sport mode gives you full power and better response; and Race mode heightens throttle response. There's also a Slick mode for when you're running race tires at the track, accessible by changing a plug under the seat, after which that mode is also displayed on the dash. Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control are available options, both switchable on or off. Though the ABS is partially linked, Slick mode disables the rear-wheel sensor so riders can lift the rear wheel under braking or do brake-slides. DTC also includes wheelie control, but Slick mode allows wheelies at less than 20-degree lean angles for up to 5 seconds. Other options include an electronic quick-shifter, plus theft prevention. Add to that cylinder-specific BMW-KP EFI with twin injectors, a CAN-BUS wiring harness, onboard lap timer and programmable shift light, and BMW left no electronic stone unturned.