Simple, manufacturers need to make money and they aren't getting it from us everyday folks so they are going after the elite with special toyz only the rich can afford.
Used to be the motorcycle manufacturers sponsored professional road racing in this country and in return we bought their bikes right off the showroom floors. The recession came and their sales slumped which is what killed American Road Racing. No bucks, no Buck Rogers. The factories knew this long ago and pulled out their funding because the return on their investment was no longer there when nobody was buying new bikes. It's so bad they stopped updating their models every two years and now some of them are going on 5 and 6 years with no real updates. A stark change from the way it used to be, but those with their deep pockets can purchase $65,000 Superleggera's and Desmosedici's etc. The manufacturers are starting to cater to those who have the real money and will turn a profit off of them instead of catering to the masses with affordable bikes and decent technology. It may look like a good thing on the surface to see these high dollar, high performance bikes come onto the scene, but in the end it is not going to be good for us regular guys. Even 600cc bikes are encroaching on the $12,000-$14,000 USD range when wages have pretty much remained the same since the time you could buy them for about half that price.
I want to add, they may of also lost focus.
Honda, for example, with it's "focus groups", has become a joke of what it used to be IMO.
And the magazines - I remember when they were written for the reader. All the sudden, they started to write for the manufacturer, and now, well, all we get is sugar coated b-s.
And yes, prices have gone up because the dollar is nearly worthless. Yes, our American dollar is nearly worthless, thanks in no small part to the recent "leader" of this country putting us further and further into debt.
Big government = little freedom
Change is blowing in the wind, hopefully in the right direction this time