The 821cc, 8v, liquid-cooled engine (a ‘stroked’ 796 unit) is the same as you’ll find in the ’13 Hypermotard, with the same claimed 110bhp. It’s smooth, powerful, grunty and comes with a slipper clutch as standard. You also get a choice of three riding modes: Urban, Touring and Sport. Each mode gives you differing levels of power, throttle response, traction control and ABS. Throttle response is flawless in the two lower modes, but is very direct in Sport mode.
Valve-clearance service intervals are 18,000-miles. The new motor is sips fuel and you can easily get 120-miles from the 16-litre fuel tank before the reserve light comes on.