The store was on the way home. The 1098S had not been holding charge so well and I had got my value. The shiny new things were on display, the standout not being shiny but in a matt black. Salesman comes over "We have a demo of that fitted with the bi-directional quickshifter. It's just been out, I've got the keys here". I hadn't ridden an inline four for a decade. So off I went, nearly stalling at each take off due to the comparative lack of torque. So where's the 202 hp? I roll the throttle on and I'm sitting still in a magnificently rendered video game, snicking gears instantly whilst the scenery just melts. But I'm not on a track so I grab some brakes and holy shit snap back to reality with minimal pressure. OK so it goes and it feels light but cornering? It's a bit of a ride to find some twisties but rationality exited with the accel/deceleration. Through the curves this thing makes you feel like you are so much more capable than what you are. It is planted. And that shifter combined with the slipper, you just brake later and later and the thing doesn't get unsettled. Wind on at the glimpse of exit and the front lofts a little, touches down and it's time to downshift/brake again. I look at my watch and I've been out half an hour so I head back and hand over the keys. I pick it up Friday with an Akra carbon slip on and some add ons from the catalogue. I forgot to get the battery. And the Mrs won't look at me. But in my head I'm still reliving that ride.