It's government's job to mandate expensive luxury features on motorcycles? If so, prepare to see these stupidly expensive bikes cost even more, and 'budget' bikes disappear completely. It is not hard to hold a throttle all day. Get a $2 plastic rocker, install an aftermarket unit or just choose a bike that has the features you want to start with.Ok, but you'll never get manufacturers to agree to a standard otherwise. They look at it as short term profit, not long term investment in their clients.
This is actually what governments are supposed to do. Not that they do their jobs.
I'd take this new 800 with steam gauges instead of an ipad on the dash if it saved me $400 off the purchase price.
I would put my money on this. Wouldn't even mind the current sizes as long as they were tubeless. Every pothole I hit on my current bike makes me look back fondly at KLR ownership.Just think about this for a moment.....this new 800 is marketed as a more "off road" oriented bike. How many "off road" motorcycles have cruise controls?. Perhaps in a year or two they will have a new additional model with a 19" front wheel, cast rims and more street oriented tires and a Cruise Control. That way then can introduce "new features" for a refresh or additional model based on this bike. That approach is pretty common in the auto industry where they lay out a plan for updates well into the future model years so they can always have "something new".