The DOHC engine impressed from the beginning, and never missed a beat, putting through Italian villages with immaculate manners. A very light-throw, KTM-esque gearbox proved easy to use through all six gears, though it’s not as precise as the premium bikes’; we found a false neutral between third and fourth gears more than once. Fueling was agreeable in every situation, though, and the pocket-sized powerplant delivers a satisfying rush of power above 7,000 rpm. KTM claims 44 horsepower at the crankshaft, so this is not an arm-stretching machine, but expect it to keep up with American traffic. Displacement advantage granted, we imagine it will make the red and green competition in its mirrors a little smaller on straight stretches of road.