We find it ironic that these XXL V-twins are designed, apparently, to be ridden free of the oppressive labor of excessive shifting. But the bigger they get, the slower they rev, making them, in some ways, actually harder to ride. The Kawasaki folks talk about the Vulcan's wide powerband, but it's not quite true--it just has a low, narrow powerband. A V-Max, or any self-respecting GT or literbike, will pull its stylized Vulcan wings off in a 60--80-mph top-gear roll-on, and happily keep going, in the case of a ZX-12R or Hayabusa, to three times the starting speed. Yes, to get optimum acceleration, a smaller, higher-revving engine may need to be downshifted now and then. But a slow revver such as this, or any of its competitors, has to be upshifted at least as frequently, just to keep from overrunning its limited operational range. We know we're getting way too rational here on a subject that is both visceral and emotional in nature. But when you're trying to pass a truck and you have to bang a panicked upshift or two just to keep accelerating, all the emotion and visceral sensation in the world ain't gonna help ya.