Around town, the peppy engine made coexisting with four-wheeled traffic a worry free affair. At highway speeds, despite our preconceptions, the Rebel could easily keep up with 65 to 70 mph traffic. Climbing hills did require a downshift occasionally to maintain speed. Adding a passenger would, no doubt, compound the issue. The engine was remarkably smooth on the superslab which would make short tours a stress-free endeavor. In the twistier sections of road, the engine's power was welcome since we tended to be more conservative on corner entries than with middleweight machines, thanks to the soft suspension.