It goes without saying that I’ve been fortunate enough to ride a lot of bikes at this job, and without a doubt the sportbike category is the most intriguing for me. This is where the boundaries get pushed, where the latest tech is debuted, and by extension, where the future is revealed. After riding the 2015 Yamaha R1, the current generation R1, I remember thinking to myself on the flight back, “Wow. This is the future.” It doesn’t hurt that the intro was held in Australia – a country I’ve always wanted to visit – but never before had I been so blown away by how advanced a motorcycle’s rider aids were, and it was all thanks to the now ubiquitous IMU. Not only was the R1 easy to ride fast, but the electronics allowed me to feel comfortable pushing my own boundaries. Before, the electronics on some motorcycles were a hindrance. With the R1, it was a clear advantage. It was an eye-opening experience, and I’m glad I got to be one of the first to experience it.