LOTS of things that we older guys once considered minimum equipment have been dropped over the years. Those of you who are younger or are relatively new to the game may not be aware of their absence, or perhaps have seen some things on older bikes and wondered what they were. Some, like chain cases and points type ignitions were made obsolete by by more advanced technolgy. Many were just victims of bean counter mentality, never to return because we kept buying the damned bikes, regardless.
Deleting kickstarters, for instance. Not long ago you couldn't give a bike without one away, for damned good reason. They tried it, we sucked it up, accepted it, bought them anyway. They saved $27.33 in production costs, jacked up the price $300 and now you get a bike which should get you almost anywhere, yet that little, sniggling fear of battery failure maybe keeps you closer to home. Lots of that old junk provided peace of mind and almost any reasonably handy, self-sufficient wanderer could find a way to limp it home unless it holed a piston or threw a rod.
This could be the topic of an entire thread at this point in history. I've had enough TW's apart at this point that I'm sure I could identify at least 20 ways you guys with newer TW's have been ripped off vs. a 1987 model, but only two where you have benefitted. Three, if you count the trip meter.
You won't notice most of them until you actually try to drain your fork oil, or SERVICE your headlight switch so it will last another 10 years, rather than having no option other than to REPLACE it.