Hmm on the one hand he has some valid points in respect to some of the fake parts but design is far from the most practical shape or bare minimalist needs.
Form beyond function is done to enhance the appearance and make it more attractive to the consumer and the styling is aimed at the sensibilities of the market sector you are targeting.
Indian researched their target market and implemented this in their design - that is clever not superfluous. And how would that Kawasaki look if it didn't polish the alloy purely because it wasn't billet made? Harley rocker boxes, side covers, gear levers etc etc are not billet and yet it is ok for then to be polished.
If you want an old bike with no trimmings (and I can relate to that) then buy an old bike and be happy. Sure there can be too much bling and pointless fake bits but there is a balance to be struck between form and function.
And if you don't like the Indian style the don't buy one but don't bag me for liking it.
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