I just got an M821, I like the handling also the low and mid-range torque. I use to ride an R6 and a CBR 1000 back years ago, for now, I just want something can commute comfortably with reasoning mpg and be able to runs canyon occasionally. I was also considering SV650, however, the dealer gave me a good deal on the M821. I have not had a chance to try on the 796 but I tired the Scrambler 800, they all are awesome bikes with different characters. I take M821 over 796 because I want a liquid cool engine, so I can get that extra 6000miles on DESMOSERVICE. Additional, I like yellow in 821.