The Raptor's SV650 engine is a flexible but also forceful friend, pulling cleanly away in top gear from as low as 2500 rpm without a glitch or any sign of transmission snatch. With Cagiva's revised exhaust system and altered airbox, the Suzuki engine has even better midrange than in SV650 guise. But as the revs build, so does your enjoyment level-because the 650 Raptor is a bike that stirs the senses and makes motorcycling such magic. The stock Suzuki gearbox is just fantastic, with perfectly matched ratios that even in the upper gears have no more than 2000 rpm between them. The junior Raptor has the same brake package as the Mille, and with the reduced weight of the bike as a whole, the twin 298mm front Brembos and their four-pot calipers do a great job in hauling it down from speed.