In the R1200RS, the personality you get is exactly the one you expect. In being neither too quick nor too ungainly, the RS stakes out the middle ground with superb, totally neutral handling, suspension calibrated right in the middle of the grid, and engine character that emphasizes midrange grunt and superlative manners over eye-watering thrust. Push on one of the heated grips and the RS carves into corners with total predictability. If you really want to hustle the transitions, plan on using a bit of body position or weight transfer. This is not a flick-flick kind of bike. But once it’s carving, the RS is a gem—completely neutral and balanced. It’ll continue carving arcs until you get tired of holding the throttle open, even as the D-ESA pumps furiously over rough pavement. On that: In the Dynamic mode, the system is nicely firm for smooth roads, with minimal fork plunge when you use the strong (but not too touchy) radial-mount Brembos. But damping is a tad stout for really frost-heaved pavement, which seems to be a local craft in Ontario. Relax it to Road mode and it’s much better, a pleasing combination of plushness and control. Even better, the key chassis components—braking effect, suspension action, steering response—all feel very high quality. In no way does the RS feel cost-constrained.