Yesterday while waiting for my wife to go in to labor (first child on the way, but nothing yet) like usual I´m sitting in the sofa watching Youtube on the TV. Watching DriveMag Riders comparison between the 2020 BMW 1250 GS and Africa Twin. Riding offroad of course the Africa Twin stalls, he needs to stop, switch the driving mode to go up the hill, that ain´t fun. Do we really need the TCS at all? Should we have to stop, hold a button for seconds to switch of ABS? Do we need all that weight and wonky plastics? I mean it does it´s thing but doesn´t it take a large bit of the fun out of riding? Should you have to fiddle through endless menus before setting of to your ride, turn on this, turn off that. Wait for the system to boot, showing a fancy animation before you can start the engine? When I bought my 2018 Tiger 800XC I was more road biased and since I am getting more into trail riding. But it was standing there and I was intrigued by the selectable riding modes, cruise control, that color TFT display etc. But what happened is I just end up riding it in off-road mode all the time. That way I´m free to pop a wheelie when I feel like, do powerslides on gravel roads or simly just climb a washboard gravel road climb without stopping before and switching mode since TCS don´t allow wheelspin so it will eventually slow down to a stop of in street mode. When I go to a store to check out the new models I constantly find a few added plastic parts compared to the previous models. Feels like that´s a thing that will break off easily. Weight is often gained. Engineering advancements in manufacturing technology and design gives us better performing engines and chassis. How should we go at is to get that advancements paired with pure connection to the bike, instant control. it used to be just to flip the key, start the engine and go. I wish for a bike with instant switchable on/off ABS on the left side handlebar. Comfortable enough (vibrations & seat) for light Touring, Light enough to pick up many times, with enough power for touring. And tough enough to not needing to get new parts after a few drops. MX/Enduro bikes does it, can we have a Dual-sport/Andventure that passes those demands. Is it to much to ask? The Tenere 700 is probably the closest thing today with a few minor "dumb" solutions, but I´m expecting they will ruin it with an update and each new bike announcement keeps disappointing me. Is there hope for the future or should I just continue and become a true grumpy man, saying things were better before? How do you feel about technology packed in the motorcycles?