But the Aero isn't my first choice when it's time to ride, especially if the route has a curve or two along the way. Then, Yamaha's venerable Virago easily seduces me with its narrow, close-coupled feel, and class-crushing horsepower. In this company, it is far and away the sportiest, fastest, most responsive player. That may not rate high on everyone's priority list. But I'm not prepared to give up the inherent benefits of speed and maneuverability a motorcycle offers in traffic, nor the unbridled delight of swinging through corners with some enthusiasm, just to make a styling statement. (But one look at the gaudy, overdone splashing of chrome geegaws all over the Virago would tell you that.) The high but narrow handlebar gives fine control into and out of corners, throttle response is lively, and the Yamaha does pretty much whatever you ask of it -- just like a modern motorcycle should. That's what catches my eye.