More than a sum of its numbers, the BMW’s inline-four produces those ponies with contemptuous ease, even on the bikes we rode with virtually no mileage on them. (In fact, because they had not had their first service, the rev limiter kicked in at 9,000 rpm, two grand short of the real redline.) Once you get past a bit of softness right at the bottom of the rev range, the Beemer’s four climbs the torque hill like a champ, eventually reaching 6,000 rpm where it gets a second wind in the sprint to the 11-grand redline. Because our bikes were limited to 9,000 rpm, not only was peak horsepower unavailable, so was peak torque. (The last S1000R we tested put down 152.3 hp at 10,900 rpm and 78.2 pound-feet of torque at 9,400 rpm.) And while not all the high-rev ponies were available, there was still more than enough to thrill, especially given that it rained for much of the test route near the beautifully green Muskoka Lakes resort area.