Out of the city though, the bike really makes sense. We snaked our way to the, err, Snake - Mulholland Drive. Its dusty blind corners always catch out those not familiar with the route (i.e. me), but the bike was an entirely confidence-inspiring package with its electronic revisions. When the traction control light blinks, you brace for the stutter of power cuts, but with the new system you feel only a smooth thrust reduction. Power never cuts or chops. The system just gently nudges you along.