Once you quit reaching for the clutch lever that isn't there, crack the central dash pod's Italian pretzel-logic and get down to business, Aprilia's Sportgear system is as easy as frozen Tiramisu. Twist the throttle and go. Though it can't match the Honda's fluid precision, and engine speed takes longer to catch up with the speedometer pulling away from a light, the computer-controlled, belt-drive CVT does a fine job of turning those 40 lb.-ft. of torque into thrust. More modes inject some confusion at first. Set off in Autodrive and you have your choice of three electronic maps: Touring, Sport and Rain. Sport generates a bit more sporting acceleration while Rain filters all the fun out of it, which makes Touring our pick for shiftless travel. Autodrive allows manual downshifts as long as you're not on the gas. In Manual mode, you move up or down through the seven virtual ratios via a pair of adjacent switches on the left bar or another switch disguised to look like a conventional shift lever. Either way, virtual shifts take longer on the Mana. It's marginally quicker in Manual mode, and there's a bit more engine braking than Autodrive can muster. Otherwise, holding a given ratio longer than the computer would produces more noise and vibration than anything else.