With three engine modes: Veloce (sport), Turismo (touring), and Pioggia (rain), it's easy to change the engine mapping for your ideal ride. I spent most of my time riding solo in Veloce and found the 1380cc, 96hp engine to be quick and very responsive. I did have the opportunity to try out Pioggia mode in the rain and found that the slowed throttle response really helped with traction on the wet road. The steering was fluid and easy, but I did find the wide bars a little sensitive in the twisties. The bike seems to have a better turning angle than most bikes in the category with floorboards, but I was most comfortable on the highways and in long sweeping turns, rather than short tight ones.