Choosing Slick mode deactivates wheelie control, rear-wheel ABS and now also eliminates overrun fuel cut-off to minimize engine braking. Sport and even Race modes can seem like all intervention all the time, as the electronics strain to rein in this beast. Slick mode, on the other hand, unleashes der Monstrum's full force. The bike now spins and slides frequently, stressing even the excellent Metzeler Racetec K3 tires, with DTC intervening only at near-heroic slip angles. It wheelies everywhere, too, but flat torque and flawless throttle response make these so manageable that the wheelie nanny seems unneeded. It's a thrilling, Dial-a-Slide ride, especially along Valencia's deceptive final "straight"—actually a long, knee-down, fourth-gear, constant-radius left-hander. This is exactly how we want DTC to operate.