Moving to the lower, less intrusive levels revealed a surprisingly smooth response to slides. The first line of defense in spin control is the R1's Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T). When the ECU senses a slide, it closes the throttle plates slightly, just like a skilled rider would. When active, the R1 exhibits no popping or sputtering; if you covered the TCS lamp on the dash, you'd never know it was working. The R1 has always excelled at rocketing out of corners, and I eagerly employed the TCS to see just how much gas I could apply off the apex. In every instance I was able to roll on earlier and faster than caution would normally allow. In Level 1 with the gentler "B" drive mode selected, I was able to roll the throttle wide-open with my knee on the deck without the TCS light illuminating. Even in full-power "A" mode, it took some ham-fisted antics to get the light to blink. Mad props to the grippy Michelins, but credit is also due to that incredible "long-bang" motor, whose uneven power pulses give the rear contact patch a better chance of staying stuck.