It's time to have a talk about one of the most pervasive trends in any ADV forum. A dangerous mental condition that can strike any ADV inmate, and especially one dissatisfied with some element of their current ride. It might be a legitimate shortcoming of a given model that money and farkles can't fix, or it might be couched in a reluctance to address shortcomings in personal skill, or a bit of both. It might just be the urge to desire something new, out of complacency with the technological wonders one already has. Some of these desires may be inherently contradictory. Why can't this bike be a bit lighter with nimbler handling? I also need it to be more stable on the highway! Why isn't this motor more powerful with more "character"? I also want it to go 15,000 miles maintenance free! Why is this bike so top-heavy with such a tall seat height? I still need 10 gallons of gas and 10 inches ground clearance? Why doesn't it have all the feature I want? It must also be under $15k USD! This notion seems especially strong when people want to plan some kind of globe-trotting ride and feel they need to have everything, including a pannier that doubles as a kitchen sink! Never mind that in much of the developing world, a 250 or 400 cc dual sport is a monster, let alone a 650cc single or 800cc twin/triple! In the past few years we've begun to see a handful of twin-cylinder ADV bikes address these perceived flaws, incrementally. And yet, for one reason or another, the unicorn chasers find a reason to shun them as imperfect. One might be too low in height, one might be low on power, the next may be so close but needs frequent intensive maintenance, another may not be available road-legal in all territories, and yet another may require expensive modification to unlock its full potential. I would like this thread to be less about specific models - those already have their threads - and more about the implications of Unicorn-ism on the ADV community. So instead of cross-shopping the Euro rally-esque bikes made of fairy dust with the steel-framed Japanese wonder-twins (for much ink has already been spilled on these comparisons), instead, let's ponder these questions: Is the persistent notion of the "platonic ideal" of an ADV bike an unintended bug or a built-in feature in ADV culture? Will we ever actually see the day when the market has one or more of these unicorns on it to every inmate's satisfaction? Is a true unicorn even a viable bike for the mass market, which at least appears happy with a mix of small dual sports alongside the MacGregor & Boorman-style heavy- and super-mid-weight tourers, or do a handful of vocal people just say they want one? What virtues do people who *are* satisfied with their bikes have, that those who go chasing unicorns do not? Which contradictions in the "Unicorn" bike ideal are easiest to address, and which ones are hardest? What do we actually think the ADV market will look like in 2025 or 2030? Will a dual-sport type bike come from the other direction through mechanical wizardry and surprise us all?