I remember back in the 70's and 80's when pollution gear first started showing up on cars. We had things called smog pumps driven off the front serpentine belt on the engine. Cars really sucked back then and even hot snot performance cars were bragging about 275 HP. I wonder though where we'd be today if those restrictions hadn't happened? I'm driving a new F150 with the 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 speed tranny. 375 HP and 470 ft. lbs out of a 3.5L engine that emits less harmful stuff than I do after the chili cook-off. I still can't believe I own a freakin' pickup truck that will boogie like that with a 6 cylinder.
I imagine the performance motorcycle of the future will be some sort of hybrid drive with 100 hp from internal combustion and another 100 hp from electric drive. Imagine instant full torque with great top end power that makes all the nasty noises we love so much but gets 120 mpg and is PZEV.
When I brought home my S1000RR I said to myself that I can't believe that I can walk into a dealership and ride this thing out to ride on the street - 180 HP at the rear wheel! Not too many years ago that would have required a racing license and a factory team to get on something like that. I thought to myself, "I truly live in the golden age of performance motorcycles!" With advances in batteries we may be looking at the peak of internal combustion performance now but I wonder if the best is still yet to come?
'12 K1600GT (gone but not forgotten)
'13 S1000RR (sold it to Allstate)
'14 KLR 650 New Edition (for the off-road ADVs)
'16 R1200GS Triple Black (for all of it)
'16 KTM Super Duke 1290 R (for the inner hooligan in me)