My Cheshire grin grew as fast as the bike sped up. The hit off idle is impressive, even with a modest twist of the throttle. The bike pulls hard and even throughout first gear’s powerband, and its Rain mode setting makes it easy to manage. It took a few laps to get introduced to the bike, from turn-in to traction levels, and building trust in those tires is a relationship I didn’t want to rush. Initially the hardest part was fighting the natural urge to bend the inside elbow and lean down and instead of weighting the outside edge of the seat with your butt, simultaneously pushing down in turns with your left arm while keeping your right elbow up. But the motorcycle’s easy to ride and it doesn’t take long before I’m putting full faith in its special-made Dunlops on their edges. The front end is point-and-shoot and sticks like honey to the prescribed line and turns in with the finesse of a featherweight fighter. With a few more laps under my belt, my line began to tighten up.