To me most modern sport bikes and "adventure" bikes look like something from a Japanese Manga comic. Too many angles and useless pieces of plastic that seem to serve no purpose, too much "make it intentionally ugly and call it 'art'" styling (coughBMWcough.) And fully-faired sportbikes are efficient and fast, but I swear to God, I can't tell them apart. DItto for the wannabe chopper "cruisers" with their Harley clone styles. I started riding in 82 and I remember what an exciting time that was. I devoured every motorcycle magazine I could get my hands on. I remember the hits and the misses (anybody else remember the Yamaha Vision? A water cooled 550cc V-twin that the magazines raved about - and that buyers absolutely ignored.) The turbo bikes (Honda CX650, Yamaha Seca and the Kawasaki GPz 750), the FJRs and even the UJM cruiser bikes. In a lot of ways, I think motorcycling reached a zenith then, and after that, motorcycling split into multiple directions. Up through the early 80s the Japanese companies would make one basic platform and then multiple variations of that for cruising, touring, racing, etc. But once we hit about 1986 or so, cruisers went one way, sport bikes went another, and touring bikes yet another. It's disappointing to me that in 1982 I could choose from a bunch of bikes that all featured shaft drive, full instrumentation (including, in some cases, a gear indicator), cast wheels, triple disc brakes, and a factory center stand. I'm not sure there's ONE bike you can buy today that has all those features (the lack of a factory center stand on chain-driven bikes is particularly galling to me.) Funny that the 1982 Spectre I bought for $800 in 2007 had cast wheels, triple discs, a fuel gauge (albeit a useless one), a tach, a factory tool kit, a center stand and a seat that hinged on the side and opened easily with the ignition key. OTOH, the Triumph Scrambler I bought in 2009 had none of that, and the Center stand was a $200 aftermarket piece that I had to install myself. It's not so much that Triumph (and others) couldn't have made their newer bikes as feature-laden as the old ones, it's just that they thought "hey, why should we?" I guess the reason the Japanese big 4 loaded their bikes with features in the early 80's was that there was a fierce competition going on, so each company brought their full efforts to bear. Once motorcycling split into specific niches, the competition wasn't so harsh. At least that's one thought. About the only real "innovation" I've seen in recent years is EFI, and IMO that's a mixed blessing. Yes, it keeps you from having to clean or adjust carbs, but it also requires a fuel pump, a pressurized fuel system, a low-fuel warning light instead of the simpler petcock, and of course the computer.