You expect TC and linked ABS on an RT-class machine, and for this year you also get BMW's Dynamic ESA, three ride modes, and—sit down while you read this—a quickshifter that works both up and down, called Gear Shift Assist Pro. BMW has adapted a version of its D-ESA for the RT, which includes wheel-position sensors, dynamically adjusting damping, and electrically operated spring preload for the rear shock. Three basic damping settings—Soft, Normal, and Hard—join with three load settings to create a ride that can be cautiously sporty or utterly creamy, depending on which mode you choose. Still, this is a touring bike, and BMW's definition of "hard" here is what most of us call normal; even so, the chassis displays minimal pitching and retains enough cornering clearance to have a passenger white-knuckling the grab rails. Brake deep into corners, tilt the horizon, and grab a handful on the way out. You can treat the RT much more like an S1000R than you'd ever imagine. Seriously. We mean it.