A lot of luddites here that don't want any technology on their bikes. Good luck with that, you're fighting a loosing battle. And horsepower. Well, I find it comes in handy when passing. Last weekend my riding buddy was on his Yamaha FJR1300 and I was leading on my GS. We have helmet coms (more needles tech?) and decided to pass two slower cars and not too much room to do it. I pulled out and pinned the throttle. All I could hear in my helmet was "hurry up, hurry up!" I told him, "I'm wide open, this is as fast as it goes!" (I'm givn her all she's got, captain!)
My GS was no match for the FJR and he had to check up to keep from running into the back of me. Sometimes it's true...there's no such thing as too much horsepower.