In typical Ducati fashion, three ride modes are available to suit your needs; in this case Sport, Touring, and Urban. Sport delivers the full claimed 112 hp with particularly rambunctious attitude, while Touring allows all of the horses to gallop but with much less immediacy. Urban cuts horsepower to a claimed 75, and suited carving through Bologna traffic nicely. As with other Ducatis, changing the throttle map alters power delivery drastically, but the 821’s throttle response is always smooth and easy to control. Regardless of ride mode, we found ourselves blipping the throttle gratuitously just to hear the lovely, 90-degree V-twin bark from the new, asymmetrical, over-under muffler—it might even sound better than the 1200 (gasp!).