For one thing, why is there such tremendous grip from the rear tire? A stock literbike, even with race rubber, squats noticeably before digging in and eventually spinning the rear tire under power. The Graves R1 planted itself mid-corner and, no matter how much power I fed through the rear contact patch, stayed pitched forward, ready to attack. When it felt like the rear contact patch should break loose under power the bike simply dug in harder and fired toward the next corner. No drama, no pumping up and down from the shock, just pure acceleration. Sure, some credit goes to the huge 195/65-17 Dunlop slick mounted astern, but there’s more.