This desmodromic V-twin might have been hotted-up slightly, but it's still a fairly softly tuned lump whose main assets are character and midrange grunt. Occasionally, I'd glance down while accelerating out of bends to find just 4000 rpm on the digital tachometer. Peak power arrives at 7500 rpm with the limiter following shortly thereafter, which means you have to stay on top of the shifter. Personally I didn't mind that, but some riders complained that the EVO ran out of revs too soon. This latest version of the faithful, air-cooled, two-valve lump is the most powerful and rev-happy so far, but for horsepower and revs you'd be better off on a Streetfighter.