Just hear me out. I have a 2016 GSA. I can appreciate all that technology has brought us. I understand the amazing things that bikes in 2018 are capable of. Cruise control, ride modes, electronic suspension, massive power, and amazing handling. But sometimes I feel like it is just too much. Allow me to get a bit nostalgic as I have been watching old motorcycle movies and re-watching On Any Sunday. I can't help feel that we are losing something and we are doing it willingly, myself included. Motorcycles used to be touted for their simplicity and ease of use and yes perhaps a bit of dedication from their owner. I am certainly not suggesting that we go back to points and drum brakes. But we have gone so far beyond just making a bike run well. I have probably 110hp to the rear wheel and rarely use more than 60. I have five ride modes and only switch to rain because I have it and feel like I should. I have various settings for my suspension and being honest I almost never touch them. Strangely the bike I have felt most attached to is a KLR. Granted I upgraded the suspension and did a lot of work to it to improve its reliability and performance. I also took a trip through Central America and Mexico on it which if you have done a big trip you know it can cause a bit of an attachment to your machine. But still it has a raw simplicity that at times to me defines what motorcycling should be. There is a movement of guys on old school choppers that load up a duffel and just head out on the road. No Gortex, 40-50 year old bikes, and a sense of adventure. I have watched a number of Indy films about this and I find myself a bit jealous at times. I have a $300 sleeping bag and they have a blanket. I have 9" of suspension and they have a hard tail. They face an open road with no helmet and we talk about what bike has the best wind protection. I try not to use terms like soul and character when talking about bikes as it comes across flakey....but I suspect many of you know exactly what I am talking about. I know I am not the only one based on dedicated thumper riders and the growing cult following of the Himalayan. I know this is all personal choice and I can go back to the basics at anytime. In fact I already have the basics and while maybe not as practical as the GSA they tend to be more fun. Furthermore my next bike will be(I think) a DR650. But I can't help but wonder if motorcycles peaked in the mid 80's to early 90's. They were easy to fix. They had no electronic gizmos to fail. They were still a little raw but reliable. And I don't have any more fun now than I did then. I am not looking for an argument and if I was forced to ride a R80gs all of the time I might see things differently, I know that. Just wondering if I am the only one. Regardless I am just ranting but can I get an Amen?