If the engine is a pleasant surprise, the chassis is literally something else. Again, on paper it looks mundane, but the 599 steers and tracks with such clarity and poise that any rider's enthusiasm and confidence will skyrocket. As on the 919, you'll start setting down the extra-long peg feelers sooner than you expect, in part because they're low and in part because you're quickly going fast on this little devil. All this is aided by a comfortable, compact riding position that, in the great tradition of cool nakeds, affords an excellent view of the road and promotes a relaxed grip on the bar. If this were a pure sportbike we'd ding the 599 for having softly calibrated and cheap-feeling suspension, but if part of the bike's assignment is to befriend shorties and newbies, we'll find the heart to cut it some slack. It's to the chassis' credit that even as the wheels struggle to stay connected with bumpy roads, the bike itself goes where you ask.