Today, Ducati officially announced the new Monster 821. We know for sure that it’s getting more than just a style update, but info on the new mid-sized naked sports bike is still scarce.

The most obvious addition is the comeback of Ducati Yellow as a color option, to celebrate the Monster’s 25th anniversary. What you can’t see, right away at least, is the new color TFT dash display, which is quickly becoming the industry standard. Fuel level, current gear, Riding Mode, ABS and traction control levels are all displayed, crystal clear, day or night, rain or shine. And speaking of ride modes, the 821 inherits the electronics package (selectable traction control and ABS levels) from the Monster 1200 and can be optioned with the Ducati Quick Shift system from the Panigale superbike, allowing for clutchless shifting.

More details, such as power, pricing and tech specs, will be released next week at the global launch in Bologna, where we’ll have boots on the ground and riding impressions coming your way. Stay tuned.

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