Of course, everything costs more, not only motorcycles. There is a price to pay for creature comforts, safety features, etc., whether it is a motorcycle, pickup truck, or any other item. But it is getting harder to find the kind of bike I want when everything is getting so big, so laden with gadgets, and so expensive. Or, it is a sport bike made for someone much younger who can withstand the riding position.
At my age, and with a history of orthopedic problems, long distances are better covered in something with four wheels. I have nothing against anyone who wants one of these gigantic touring bikes. It is your money, spend it as you like. I have a different criteria for what I need and want from a motorcycle and unfortunately my needs put me in a shrinking market. It is not worth it for a manufacturer to build what I want. Maybe I will have to settle for a scooter.