Who ordered the monsoon? "Just keepin' it real," says one of one of our corporate escorts. It was either Ettore or Massimo, I'm not sure which-wet notes are hard to read. Not to worry. These Apennine mountain roads range from tight and narrow to tighter and exactly wide enough to pass some mental patient in a Fiat Punto without trading paint. The 796 sits noticeably lower than its big brother-too low if you're taller than 5-foot-10-but the 1100 seat will fit, which is good news if you're tall. Ergos invite moving around in the cockpit. These roads insist. Sliding toward the broad, flat handlebar makes steering easier. The front Bridgestone's blunt profile doesn't. Springs are too soft for anyone over 180 pounds. And though they're perfectly adequate for this mission, the Brembo stoppers lack the power and feel of their upmarket brethren. Still, the net result is athletic and nimble enough. Bologna's latest twin has an obliging personality, despite a few endearing/annoying Italian quirks.