Looking at a couple of motorcycle mags it occurred to me that, for all intents and purposes, our type of bikes (DS and/or ADV bikes) have become what standards were in the past- do it all bikes that were capable of everything, not perfect at anything, easily modifiable to other styles of bike, and when compared to other types of bike, relatively cheap to buy and insure. Think about it. There aren't many standard style bikes made by the major players anymore- not counting the under-250cc bikes in international (particularly SE Asian) markets, I can count the number of truly standard motorcycles you can buy new here in the US on one hand. They say the trend in motorcycling, especially in rich nations where bikes are considered toys by the general population, is towards specialization. Hence the modern sportbike, dirtbike, touring bike, ADV bike, cruiser, etc. But I think that underestimates the capability of alot of bikes out there, particularly our dual sport machines. I've seen my lowly old XT used as a commuter, taken on worldwide trips, and converted to supermoto, flattracker, cafe racer, g/s type adv bike, and even a vintage standard look. It isn't perfect at any of these things but when the builds/trips are finished, it does get the job done. And there are many better candidates still produced today in every combination of performance, engine size, bike size, street ability vs off-road ability, etc- more than the obvious DR, KLR, XL/XR, XT, CRF. Even with the coming of FI and other performance/emissions tech, some of the basic design characteristics of a DS bike make them much easier to fix/modify than a comparable sportbike, touring bike or sport-tourer- if only due to less/more easily removable bodywork, more durable parts, the tendency to value reliability in the DS market, etc. So- what do you think? Am I talking crazy or do I just have too much time on my hands?