I'd also attribute a lot to the bike here. The big adventure bikes often aren't as great when it comes to tough conditions. They are heavy, are really high and have a lot of weight up high (big fuel tanks + luggage). People with these bikes tend to pack a top case, which makes things worse. Some of the folks in that video had more luggage than I would take on a six month long trip, like big cases, huge pack rolls on the rear. The HD has all the weight super low, a light front end due to steering geometry, pretty much the weight distribution you want to have in sand. Also, the wider front tire might not "track" as well, but it also doesn't pull you out of line as easily in sand. A lot of the trailies, especially the Tiger, have fairly aggressive steering geometry to keep them handle okay on the road even with the big 19" or 21" front wheels. Just thinking about it - doesn't the XC have more aggressive fork angle than the Roadie? The big GS has more aggressive steering than the R model and so on. That's all counterproductive in sand and you need much more skills on these bikes than on something that has an okay geometry for sand to start with. What we can do with our Tigers can be done with pretty much any standard bike. Often even better on these as they aren't optimized for any kind of performance. At least that's my experience ... A ride like the one in the video I wouldn't want to do on my Tiger. On a big KTM, maybe, but not on my Tiger or on an XC. It just doesn't appeal to me to throw around a bike like these in such conditions. Hurts me just looking at how these poor bikes are abused ... and no, they are NOT meant to handle this. That's marketing BS. They are build so that they look like they will handle this. I'd prefer a KTM 690 Enduro R with a Giant Loop bag. Or a WR250R with soft luggage. But not one of those 550+ lbs (including luggage) monsters.