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has your back. In addition, the anti-wheelie and anti-slip allow you to get on the throttle enthusiastically, and if you cross the line, the machine once again keeps you out of trouble. This allowed me to more thor- oughly enjoy the ride, accelerating harder out of corners with less worry. It really is amazing how unobtrusive the system is in street riding. When I'd dial in too much throttle for the available grip at the lean angle I was at, the machine just sort of gath- ered speed a little more slowly than the right hand wanted, then when all was well, picked up its skirts and flat flew. Clutchless shifting is one of those things


that once you experience it, you're thinking, why did it take them so long? Accelerating out of fast corners, grabbing gears as you go, is seamless and doesn't upset the chassis


when leaned over, the power on hard. And clutchless downshifting means one less thing to think about when entering a cor- ner. That is, really, the advantage of clutch- less downshifting to racers: More of their brain is available to slice ever closer to the limits of braking, turning and leaning. The more brain available for that, the better (read, the faster, safer and more accurately) it can be done. And it works just as well on a two-lane highway. In short: The bike is a missile. The elec-


tronic rider aids make all of that capability accessible to you.


Touring with an RR


What I found most interesting was that the technology incorporated into the bike for the purposes of getting it around a


Kevin Williams has done the 800-mile round trip to Laguna Seca for years on his BMW S 1000 RR.


racetrack more quickly paid big dividends while touring on the bike. As on most long rides, comfort becomes


a major factor on the way home. For me, that meant 371 miles straight, almost all on the 101, from Monterey to the far eastern corner of Los Angeles County. After two days of watching the races at


Laguna, we chose to head home on Sunday night to try to avoid the worst of the heat. It was only partly successful, as it was still well over 100 degrees at 5 p.m. I recall thinking, as we rode south and the sun sank, that it couldn't possibly get any hotter, that even- tually it was bound to cool down, and then rounding a corner past a foothill, I found that yes, actually, it could get hotter, thank you very much. After fueling at Atascadero, the temperature plummeted more than 40


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