Maybe it’s us picturing mustached artisan blacksmiths building this motor in the Italian countryside, but this motor has an old-timey, retro four-stroke feel, which isn’t a bad thing. There is a lot of character, and it lets you know it isn’t a Japanese or Austrian machine. The throttle response is very good, but it is a slower-revving motor. Not like a 650 single, but it doesn’t have that free-feeling, instant snap that modern small-bore four-strokes have. The bottom-end is healthy, yet we wouldn’t go as far as calling it a torque monster. That being said, we were happy to short-shift the bike and the 300 Fi wouldn’t fall on its face or beg for a stab of the clutch. The midrange is ho-hum, almost like a transition point between the smooth bottom and the top-end.