Yep the Gulag grows. It always amazed me that CA allowed lane splitting at all. Around here people would run you over and blame you for wreckless driving for splitting lanes. Very illegal. But we can ride two abreast, which is not legal in many states. Bottom line is, big bro wants a say in everything, so get out your wallet and try to keep up with the rules.
LDH -- I don't doubt that CC's or HP restrictions are coming. Graduated licenses, etc. The bikes have already been neutered with stability (wheelie) controls, traction controls, ABS, electronic throttles, noise controls, etc. The days of unrestricted liter bikes are over. Reflash not included!!
It's a funny thing about all that. There have been attempts by the government to limit power and restrict bikes, proposals for tiered licensing, but the AMA and Motorcycle Industry Council managed to shoot them all down.
There was the onerous "Danforth Bill" which history follows:
They’re Killing Our Kids – The Danforth Anti Superbike Bill and the Strange Story of the IIHS and Horsepower
Then there was Joan Claybrook, who wanted all kinds of things on motorcycles, like seat belts, pressure switches, 85 mph speedometers, and so on.
I have been riding since 1983 so I have a good sense of what happened with all this stuff. The industry met it very effectively. Superbikes were not banned; the only kind of regulation I can think of was when the Hayabusa first cracked 200 mph, which resulted in the industry "self-adopting" an electronic speed limiter of 186 mph (300 kph). Superbikes are more super than anyone could have imagined, making over 200 HP.
I think it was crap 20 years ago as far as the bikes we had available. 30 years ago it was great, there were all kinds of bikes of all sizes and types. When the Ninja 600 and Hurricane 600 came out, the makers just turned all of their facilities to churning out 600 and 1000cc sportbikes and all the other cool bikes just went away. Nowadays we have a whole slew of 300s, 500s, 700s, twins, singles, all kinds of different bikes, and most of them have ABS and other electronics packages.
The AMA and MIC were able to work with the safety freaks to promise these systems would be on bikes by a certain time and that's what happened. So I don't think we are in any danger of having superbikes banned any longer. Licensing, changes there are also unlikely. But then again, if we start getting a lot of hooligan riding and piss the public off, that could come.
As far as noise control, ECU, all that, well, the public is just not going to tolerate noise beyond a certain level. We are a society so unless one is a sociopath or anarchist these are perfectly reasonable. CHP hardly pays the slightest attention to pipes anyway, they don't want to worry about that unless the biker is stopped for some other reason. This is policy, how they do it.
I use to rejet every bike I had, put on a pipe, and so on. These bikes I have now are all pretty new, use EFI and computers, they all run great and don't a dang thing so I have not had to put any time or money into getting more power. I did reflash my FZ8 which helped it quite a bit. It's just so much nicer not to have mess with all that gasoline and jets and crap.