No matter where the Spirit is ridden, the engine proves to be a willing companion. Starting quickly and smoothing out to an idle without any throttle even on cold mornings, the engine can be taken off choke after only the amount of time it takes to pull on a helmet and gloves. Off the line or away from a stoplight, the Spirit pulls cleanly with power building smoothly until it drops off just before the rev limiter intercedes. Low-speed power, just off idle, isn’t as strong as the A.C.E. or even the Virago 1100, but you have plenty of acceleration on hand before it reaches 3000 rpm (or, at least, that’s our guess, since there isn’t a tachometer). When riding around town, don’t get lazy with downshifts. Second gear can be a little high for some city corners. The Spirit still pulls but clearly isn’t happy. On the highway, either fourth or fifth work just fine, depending on whether a laid-back lope or more instant response are desired. Shifting can be a bit balky at a stop.