In recent years, MotoGP has ushered in huge advances in the area of electronic rider aids, and this is reflected in the RC213V-S, which boasts ride-by-wire, five selectable power modes, engine-brake control and traction control, with position-detection technology developed through Honda’s ASIMO project. Interestingly, the RCV-S includes a traction control system, which is linked to a gyro, or inertial measurement unit (IMU). Data from the IMU is used to meter the traction control system, as on other leading superbikes from Europe and Japan. Additionally, the TC system changes its parameters when each of the five power modes are selected. All of this, plus the inclusion of a quickshifter, represents a major upgrade from any other production machine that Honda offers. When pressed, however, Honda officials were resolute that there is no lower-spec V-4 to follow the RC213V-S.