Ducati knows how to make a deathly potent power plant that is still fun and controllable. The 1200cc L-Twin engine thumps to life with a stab of the button and has a smooth yet barky character and exhaust note that no single could ever have. When talking about the engine, one has to consider the electronic controls on the bike because each of the four modes have a different power delivery. We’ll get to the electronics next, but first we will talk about the motor in the Enduro mode, the mode we used in the dirt. The bottom-end is relatively mild but has a boat-load of torque. We could get the bike moving by just letting out the clutch in first gear without even using the throttle. Even with that torquey character, the engine spools up quickly, faster than the BMW 1200 GS, which is good and bad. Tons of power plus loose dirt equals wheel spin. On the other hand the variable traction control can help with that (more on in the next section). With so many ccs, there is power on tap at any rpm. In the Sport mode (for serious street riding) the throttle response is nearly instantaneous and a twist of the grip blast the bike forward with aggressive force. In Enduro mode, however, it spools up just a little slower and, we wouldn’t call it a hesitation, but the throttle response is not as crisp. This is a good in the sense that there is a little buffer zone between your right hand a massive amount of HP, but we did have to use the clutch if we wanted a quicker engine response.