We noticed that it was much easier to evaluate the engine on the standard model than it was on the DCT model in one of the “S” modes. This is because the automatic shifts are so quick and seamless that the bike stayed in the mid-range all the time. On the standard model, we had a chance to really lug the bike and wind it all the way out. Right off bottom, there is a good amount of torque, not uncontrollable, just a solid flow of power that was moderately aggressive. Even on the standard model (without DCT) the bike was very resistant to stalling and, in that regard, reminded us a little of the XR650L. There is a low-speed tractor-like quality in first gear that is both familiar and welcomed. Plus, there was enough grunt down low to pop the front wheel over trail obstacles with ease.