Pulling out of our top-secret underground facility it's apparent the Special Sport lives up to the Guzzi reputation for producing tractor engines. The dyno chart shows more than 50 pounds of grunt at the ready from 2000 rpm all the way to 6500 rpm, making the Sport an ideal mount for rolling down the local strip. With this torque on tap, gear selection is somewhat arbitrary in cruising mode, though as the revs climb the vibration tends to blur the mirrors and Thighmaster your lower body. Power delivery is aided by the sublime Marelli fuel injection, which delivers snappy throttle response throughout the entire 6250-rpm-wide rev band; no apparent pauses, glitches or dead spots, just satisfying power that can be dialed in easily. Helping matters is a slick five-speed gearbox that Moto Guzzi says has been redesigned to make shifting and finding neutral easier, and we don't doubt it. (A six-speed version of this box debuted on last-year's V11 Sport and we loved it there.) Although shifting requires a semifirm foot on the lever, action is positive and smooth at all times. Interestingly, the Sport features a shift lever for your heel as well as your toe, so you can take your pick. The only downside to this option is the heel shifter is placed too close to the footpeg, so when you rest the ball of your foot on the peg, your heel is resting on the shifter, which can induce unwanted gear changes.