I have to admit that I got into riding because of the fantastic ride reports here on ADVRIDER, then stumbling upon 'Long Way Around.' I've looked at the GS, the Super-Ten, the Tiger, and lately the big Honda ADV bikes (the new Africa Twin and the new-to-the-US Crosstourer). Yes, the big ADV bikes are compelling... but how practical are they for their purported use, especially for those of us without a 33"+ inseam? These bikes are larger versions of the typical dual sport design; 33"+ seat height, high center of gravity, long suspension travel. I can see how this design works for a lighter bike ridden at speed... but does it make sense to flog a 550 lb.-plus bike like a 250cc dirt bike? I have an '09 FJR1300 that is a great on-the-road sport tourer. I can't see how one of the big ADV bikes would be better for the same role... 2-lane highway, paved backroad, and interstate multi-day touring. I also have a Honda CRF230L for exploring the forest roads, two-track, and moderate single-track here in the Pacific Northwest. I can't see how one of the big ADV bikes would be better for that, either. This all came to a head when reading the thread on crossing railroad tracks without a grade-level crossing. What is fairly simple on a lighter or lower bike is difficult and dangerous (chances of breaking something on the rider) on the larger ADV bikes. Even a 'scrambler' design from the likes of Ducati, Triumph, or based on a UJM with suitable tires, would be far easier to ride across mixed terrain... pavement, gravel, easy dirt roads, city, freeway, backroads. Certainly, duplicating the 'Long Way Around' ride on smaller bikes (especially when accompanied by support vehicles) would be far easier. Wouldn't a better TRUE adventure (all-terrain, not motocross or endure) bike design begin with perhaps a longer wheelbase to obtain lower seat height with sufficient clearance, and lighter weight? Maybe something along the lines of a ruggedized NV700/Deauville, but with less fairing?