or most of human history, the word “technology” has been identified with progress. An ax made of metal instead of stone makes life easier and better. Just like refrigeration or power steering. It’s only in the past few decades that the scientific and industrial processes we’ve invented have created so much progress that it’s sometimes too much. All of the advancement has created a social construct that is, for the first time, seen negatively. And so instead of basking in the modern world, we yearn to unplug and disconnect. For many of us, motorcycles are that conduit to simple joy and our own meditative state, but at the same time, they have advanced into staggering complexity. This is the age of $20,000 dirt bikes, after all. Not just fuel injection and cruise control, but cornering headlights, adjustable windscreens, heated seats, and shock preload adjustment with the click of a button. Fear no dirt road, as long as you have a friend to help you pick it up and a savings account for the repair costs. If you spend any time listening to the puffed-up coastal elites at magazines, it’s easy to forget that uncomplicated machines still exist, but they do. Brand-new, even, for less than $7,000. This trio is a proper blast from the past. The venerable KLR650 from Kawasaki, first introduced during the Reagan administration, along with Honda’s XR650L and Suzuki’s DR650S, which debuted in the early 1990s. And they feel like it. Three 100mm bores mated to five-speed transmissions. No liquid-crystal displays, no light-emitting diodes, no fuel injection. They are uniquely unsophisticated in this day and age, and the farther you get from our modern world, the more at home they feel.