I heard that since the 1970s, and since the 1960s for cars. I'd still rather depend on my 2018 vstrom than anything older, and probably the same going forward. What particular regulation bothers you? If they made ABS mandatory I think that would be great. I regularly ride a '76 Yamaha, and drive a '64 Chevy. Fun machines both, but I can't say the newer ones built to pollution and safety regs are any worse.I think because of stupid regulations we will have worse bikes each year so I rather enjoy what we have on the market so far.