In the engine department everything is smooth as silk. The lack of vibration is impressive and well received by everyone who rode the bike. From the second that the bike fires up with the push of a button, it’s clear that the old vibration traits are gone, as the front fender hardly shakes anymore. Throughout he rpm range the engine remains smooth, making the majority of its power down low and tapering off when revved, it doesn’t completely fall off, but it lets the rider know it’s time to shift by making more noise than power. The part of the engine that really shines is its ability to be lugged one or two gears high. The engine can be lugged incredibly low without fear of stalling, this gives you the ability to minimize wheel spin and maximize traction. Although the engine makes great power, we did notice that the new Mikuni carburetor is sensitive to elevation change, and even going from 2,000 feet to 4,500 feet made the bike seem rich with a need to be cleaned out after lugging for long periods of time.