The Mana, on the other (ahem) hand, has no clutch lever because it “shifts” itself. And, to be honest, it was almost creepy how quickly I became comfortable with the Aprilia’s automatic Sportgear transmission. This is essentially a big scooter CVT between the 90-degree 839cc V-Twin and the chain final drive. It’s got an internal belt on variator pulleys for ratio changes, and an excellent automatic centrifugal clutch for launches. Added riff here is the seven-speed, button- or foot-shift mode that gives you “gears” by electronically stepping the ratios. Auto is actually much more practical and easy to use in any of its three modes: Sport, Touring or Rain. Further, in these automatic modes, pushing the downshift button initiates “gear” mode temporarily to assist with engine braking, and the trans will stay in the selected gear until the rider twists the throttle well past the “balancing” point at the apex. Nice.