I have starting to like the old bikes better, and better all the time, if for no other reason than they don't have the electronic crap. Plus, they're getting cheap! I bought an excellent 929. That's more bike than I can use. Honestly, the old 01 Interceptor, that I got recently is a better match for me. <No traction control, abs, or ride modes. If I get caught in the rain, I just take it easy.
I've ridden an FZ9. Yamaha bought a 990 Super Duke, and built their own version. All the specs are the same, except the Yammer got cheap components, whereas the KTM got the good stuff.
I really don't know how bikes are going to get much better than they were 15 years ago. So what do the manufacturers do? Put a bunch of needless electronic crap on them. The latest rendition of the Interceptor has TC, and abs. Really? TC on a 780cc with 100 hp?