This was the first bike that I have ever ridden with Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission, and like most people who haven’t tried it before, I was wary—I didn’t expect to like it. Combined with the ride-by-wire technology and the four new ride modes, the automatic-shifting transmission worked incredibly well. I started out in Touring mode, then tried Economy (if only for a moment), then Rain before finally switching to Sport. Being on the racetrack, I was eager to see how Sport would perform but knew other modes would feel underwhelming in comparison if I jumped the gun. Touring mode was just what you would expect, good power when you twist the throttle, but it’s not snapping your neck back or anything. Economy, as you might expect, was on the boring side, putting me in seventh gear by the time I was up to about 50 mph through the first turn on the track. Rain mode was more cautious, with a little softer response to the throttle off the line. And Sport mode made me fall in love with the DCT.