The spec sheet doesn't lie-there 's a prodigious amount of torque on tap, and the 1462cc engine dispenses it smoothly, though most of the peak 96.6 ft.-lbs. comes on at the very bottom, at 2600 rpm. The engine is generally a good match for the C90T's 5-speed tranny, though with gearing being somewhat tall (you can run up to 50 mph in second gear), you don't find yourself even thinking about fifth gear until accelerating to, say, 75 mph. Handling is surprisingly lively; despite all the weight (those 800 lbs can be felt when you pick the bike up off the sidestand), the C90T was a blast to run into the corners, with predictable steering and no surprises, though it takes time negotiating all but the most mellow sweepers. The chunky tires-even the 200mm rear rubber-track well, and the bike rides in a well-balanced manner at all speeds. Some might cluck at the fact that there's only one brake disc on each wheel, but the four-piston caliper does an adequate job of slowing the front; the rear disc gets squeezed by a two-piston unit with similar results. ABS, alas, is not an option.