For Being a 650 single, this bike has excellent torque and is surprisingly smooth. Sure it doesn't have the power of a 1200, but that's not why you are buying this bike. This bike is made to give you more time on the back roads and away from the rat race. The motor still gets to the power quick, but it lets you get away with a lot more in the dirt. The delivery is smooth enough that even the "loose throttle" riders will have control in less than stellar conditions. This motor also allows you to cruise 70mph at about 4500rpm on the highway, so the bike isn't straining and there is barely any vibration. BMW claims 75mpg at 55mph; and with gas heading towards 5 dollars a gallon, this not only makes a great adventure bike, but would also be an excellent commuter. It will have you looking for the scenic route to work instead of the shortest or quickest.This power and handling combo give the Sertao a fun and sporty feel on and off the road. The ergos are comfortable and allow you to stand up when needed. The bike comes standard with a 300mm single front rotor and an ABS brake system that gives you great control when you need to slow down in a hurry. Along the ride we had the option of a mud crossing or a hill climb. I wanted to keep our Sertao looking sharp for the 80 mile ride home, but I also wanted to test out the ABS on the downhill, so I opted for the hill-climb. The descent was better than I expected; very controllable. Was it technique or the ABS brakes? Check the photos.