Simply put, it is the most composed, utterly capable motorcycle I have ever ridden. Trail-braking, corner exits, fast sweepers, frantic downshifts from 185 mph: I went as fast as I dared, and never once was there a wobble, shake, or misstep by the bike. It seems my first impression was correct: I am not worthy. As a side note, I learned later that Itoh-san tested the RCV-S at Valencia before the press arrived, and decided to make no changes to the suspension at all. Out of the box, from the factory, HRC-rider approved. All from a bike with a 12,000 km service interval (aside from the clutch, which Honda recommends checking clutch plates every 3,000 km).