Now this may sound like the demented ravings of some crazy old fart that's been living under a rock, or who has just come through some bizarre time warp but please, bare with me. I've been riding motorcycles since the mid seventies and, back in the day, I kept up with all the news on forthcoming developments and new models. I bought new gear when needed all of which was appropriate and up to date. As the years progressed, the bikes I was buying were getting older (I started off with new bikes with one exception, the vintage Triumph which I still have) and the last couple of bikes I bought were around ten years old. I kept that last bike for about eight years. We ended up moving to a house with no garage and I had to push it (a 1984 Kawasaki GT750) around to the back of the house when I got home from work at around midnight. I was over it. I got a car. It was sad to see that bike go but we have plenty of memories of trips here and there - Not the least of which was our honeymoon. Over the years I had replaced my gloves a couple of times, my helmet a few times and my boots once. Ten years later and we've moved interstate and I've finally got the old Triumph on the road again. The old leather jacket still fits, just, but the leather is starting to fall apart. It seems rats have been into my helmet and gloves and my boots are curled up like something a pixie would wear. Time to buy some new gear. So here's the thing, it seems riding apparel has changed somewhat during my riding absence. I decided on a textile jacket with all sorts of vents, a zip out lining and an assortment of armor (some of which I left out). I bought some dedicated riding jeans, more armor and Kevlar (in case I go into combat?) but decided against the gloves with carbon fibre knuckles and just got some cheapish leather summer gloves. Oh, and a new open face helmet. But the cold weather doth approacheth and with it, textile overpants, winter gloves and a new (modular) helmet. Oh yeah, just call me Mr Modern! The other thing is, with all this increased motorcycle action, I've recently bought a couple of magazines. Not my usual classic bike type mags, but the one with new bikes and, quite frankly, I'm flabergasted! It seems like you don't need to be thinking as much these days. Bikes that have ABS and different power delivery modes - ooh, It's raining, I'd better push the "rain" button. Apparently there's a BMW that reads the road as you're riding and adjusts the suspension accordingly!! I don't understand, it doesn't make sense to me. Motorcycling used to be about the basics, just you and the bike, open to the elements. You could tell when to change gear by the sound of the engine, an engine you could hear. Now there seems to be indicators to tell you when to change gear and what gear you're in. There are discussions about what music to listen to when you are riding. Isn't that a distraction? I would have thought so. Now I'm not saying that all these new innovations are wrong, it's just that I don't understand the need for a lot of it. But then I don't see the need for bikes of over one litre capacity. One day I might end up getting a nice new bike and change all the aforementioned opinions . One day. Tomorrow I'll get the old Triumph out and hit the backroads for a while. It's very basic, crude by todays standards, and I probably won't go much over 70mph. That's cool though, its handling characteristics make riding at that speed exciting enough. Rant over. If you see a confused old fart on a rattly old bike out there on the road, give me a wave.