The technical explanations and videos were convincing, but I was still slightly nervous as the gathered journalists approached the first test session at Bosch’s Boxberg proving ground near Frankfurt. We were shown a patch of polished cobbles and told to ride round and brake as hard as we liked while leaning over. Although the low-friction surface meant speeds would be low and cornering angles not great, I made sure to ride counterclockwise, so hopefully a spill wouldn’t damage my recently operated-on right shoulder. But I didn’t crash—however hard I tried. It was a weird feeling to grab a handful of front anchor while leaned over on such a slippery surface, feel the front end twitch, and continue riding instead of hitting the ground. A few times there was enough of a twitch that I momentarily thought I was crashing, but the system saved me every time.