No question that the power is there. The 1634cc Freedom V-twin engine is built for torque, and even though first gear in the six-speed is somewhat tall, it pulls away easily. Clutch pull is moderately stiff, and initial engagement is slightly abrupt, but it takes little practice to make smooth, quick starts. The ratios are nicely staged, and the noisy shifts of past models are history. Victory touts that its sixth speed is a true overdrive, and it certainly is tall. I didn't want to shift into it at less than about 55 mph. The flip side is that the engine still seemed pretty relaxed at 90 mph in top gear. There is enough power to support that tall gearing too, though I always downshifted when I wanted to pass.