The new 821cc, 8v, liquid-cooled engine (a ‘stroked’ 796 unit) lacks the lowdown grunt of the old 4v, air-cooled 1078cc motor – there’s no substitute for cubes, after all. But there’s still plenty of smooth, predictable power. Producing 110bhp, it’s more powerful than the 796 and 1100 Hypermotard. There’s plenty of oomph to play with at low speeds, which is perfect for wheelies and mucking about. The real-world speed of a bike like this, with no wind protection, is around 80mph, so big bhp figures aren’t needed. The throttle response is excellent in its Urban and Touring riding modes, but in Sport mode it’s too aggressive and more suitable for the track. Water-cooling has made the old oil cooler redundant and there’s a wet, cable-operated slipper clutch. Intervals for the valve-clearance service are increased to 18,000-miles.