Inspired by another post...
Also a quick rant: Could you imagine what would happen to a car manufacturer who put out a product where you had to take off the body and the gas tank to get at the air filter? Add to that a speedometer that runs 8% slow and has buzzing dash panels?
Chrysler tried that a few decades ago and would have gone out of business if Uncle Sam hadn't bailed them out. <end rant mode>
Nobody in the world is perfect, but motorcycle manufacturers should hold themselves to the same high standards as cars. There's probably a reason Honda is the benchmark for bikes and quality, as they have an enormous amount of experience with the finicky car market. After all, most motorcycles are more expensive than cars by almost any reasonable scale - by pound, by # of unique parts , etc... The only way they might be more reasonable is the % of purchase price spent on R&D, because that's going to be a pretty low number for everything but a 600/1000 supersport.
That being said, what have you noticed about the various bikes you've owned? I don't want to open the can of worms that would adequately describe my TS400, so I'll start at the versys.
1) Injection mark (the 'bump') on top of front fender - really, they couldn't find any other way to mold it or at least clean up the part? I would challenge you to find a similar bump on any plastic surface in the passenger-carrying interior of a car ... there'd be few if any in a really cheap car. Anything above $20000 probably wouldn't have such things, period.
The next two aren't V specific, but...
2) Speedo error (as mentioned above) - Yes, I know every bike in existence has this. But why don't cars? They have the same basic components to read speed off of = wheels & transmission shafts. I would think that this has to be a deliberate error.
3) Fuel Injection - Why are there still street bikes with carbs? This is 2008, the last car with carbs in the US was in 1990. I realize the EPA push just isn't there to move things along, but it is a better technology that improves just about everything other than working on it.