The 1,262cc Testastretta DVT V-twin’s desmodromic variable valve timing increases low-end torque and reduces emissions with reduced valve overlap at low speeds. It also makes for smooth, precise throttle response. Then, as revs rise, increased overlap boosts output by allowing the engine to breathe better. The result is power is ready at the crack of the throttle, but smooth and never unwieldy—like a trained elephant that will shake your hand but could squish you in an instant. There was only one point in the ride, in Sport mode, when I felt some unusual pulsing while holding steady throttle on a straight, flat road, but it smoothed out quickly and wasn’t felt again. Overall, the engine character and performance make it unlike any cruiser on the market; it’s torquey without being a torque monster, really coming to life around 6,000 rpm and singing all the way to its 9,000-rpm redline.