Rally mode is the star of the electronic-aids show. Ten levels of lean-sensitive traction control are at your disposal, one through nine and off. There are also three throttle-response levels; Street, Off-road, and Rally, which allow the rider to fine-tune rear-wheel spin and throttle response to their specific needs, style, and competency. In dirt on the R model, Rally response and level 2, the second least intrusive, gave a full-on dirt-bike experience, with a safety net that I couldn’t detect but increased my confidence. TC off with Rally response was the go-to set-up in the Merzouga sand dunes bordering the Saraha desert.