I don't doubt your statement - although it may hinge on your definition of "fun". Dismissing the Vision (or any other bike for that matter) as unsuitable for such a trip would be a mistake, however, as there are plenty of circumstances, including on a long, (mostly) well-surfaced road like the Dalton Highway, where a bigger bike with more weather protection, etc. could be better. I must admit I had a few pucker moments on my 1290SA, when passing a road grader that had just "freshened up" the surface and a water truck had just sprayed it. I definitely wondered if a smaller bike would have done better - or be easier to pick up. The big KTM stayed upright, however, and I had the benefits of horsepower, long legs, comfort and luggage capacity (over a smaller bike) for the other 98%+ of the gravel road miles and 100% of the asphalt miles on my Louisiana to Deadhorse trip. Most likely I could have enjoyed the same trip on my old R1100GS, Weestrom, or possibly even my DR350 (although the longer paved road sections could have been rough on the little DR.) For loose gravel roads in the woods of Southern Mississippi and within an hour or so of home, I'd pick the DR every time - even though the others would usually handle it too. My buddy with the Goldwing now rides a 1200GS but he would have done almost anything I could do on my DR, better on his wing. He's got years of enduro experience, however, which I do not.