The problem with that is that it isn't just technology that marches on. It's government that marches on. All bikes sold in the EU now must have ABS. They must all comply with the Euro 4 emissions standards (and soon Euro 5). Not only would the manufacturers not be allowed to re-issue classic bikes, the bureaucrats are working to make it disallowed to ride the classic bikes you already own. Beware the creeping bastards.Ducati / Audi might want to look at introducing a line of re-issue classic bikes like the S2R's ,etc. They are so sweet. Gibson and Fender does this with their guitars, re-issues of the Strat, 56' Les Paul Gold Top on and on. The Ducati tooling for production is in hand so why not? You heard it here first!
You are not the only one and that's why the "heritage" line of BMW with the R9T (Euro4 compliant now) has been so successful.I didn't love the full TFT display either, I love analog gauges, at least the tach.
I changed the headlight because I liked the round design, painted the tank to make it look different, played with the geometry with a drag bar and adjustable foot pegs and some other things.
I agree ^ and if I could change one thing that I wish Ducati did it would be the factory headlights. Give us a more retro/oldschool single headlight again for my M 1100 SI've loved Monsters since 1993. Have always wanted one. While I love the looks of the older ones, I feel they need mods to really look correct. I'm not a fan of most of the older exhausts, the older front fenders, or the looks of the seats without a cowl. All of that can be changed though, so they can be tailored to my aesthetic appeal. I would love to have an S4Rs at some point just to have a really cool old bike. When I finally decided it was time to own a Monster a couple months ago I picked the M796. I LOVE the look of it and that even though it is the mid range bike it still has the SSSA. The under seat exhaust I love, and that it is still an air cooled bike. While I still also enjoy the looks of the newer 821/1200, they just aren't as much my style. And something about the 797 just doesn't do it for me.