Owing to Blake having re-flashed the ECU with Flash Tune's hardware and software (ftecu.com), I never experienced the abrupt throttle response that he and Don Canet complained about initially. I ran Power Level 1 the whole time I had the bike, and aside from a lean surge around 4,500 rpm, throttle response was nigh-on perfect. The space-age dash and the tiny thumbwheel take a little time to get accustomed to, but once you do, adjusting the various parameters becomes second nature. On the street I only ever noticed the Traction and Slide Control systems cutting in when I hit sand or gravel. Otherwise, all of the electronic rider aids are transparent—if you didn't know the R1 had them, you would never guess that it did.