Another example of why newer isn't always better! The one thing I have noticed over the years is newer more often than not means lower quality components or under engineered specs. The reason I purchased my first BMW twin in 1987 was because it was a simple intellegent design that was easy to work on, saving me money in labor costs and it was over built so I figured it would last years! I rode that first BMW a 1982 R100 for over 16 years. Yes newer bikes handle better are faster and I have owned some nice newer bikes, but I have a couple of early 80's R - bikes and they are such a joy to tinker with. Parts are expensive but the bikes are easy to restore.