I have to agree. I had planned to ride a TW200 from Texas to Burning Man one year, but wound up riding with some other people. Still, it was my daily driver for a year and a half and I took on several short trips. Any buttfuck can ride a 1200cc bike a few hundred miles, but I’m much more impressed with guys like this.
People always make a big deal out of the bikes needed for adventure riding. BMW GS’s, Suzuki V-Storms, KTMs, and other 1000+ cc bikes seem to be the de facto choice.
These guys rode from Tennessee to Brazil and back on Honda XL250s.
The argument of ‘bigger is better’ is invalidated.
There’s a 50cc class in the annual Cannonball scooter rally. Last year two gents made the trek on Honda Metropolitans in 10 days. I’m looking to travel to the west coast on a CB125.
I’m sure you could make some sales pitch emphasizing the raw “POWAH!” of those adventure bikes, but at the end of it once you’re out there you’ve got a bike that just weighs too damned much—a bulk of it being fuel that you have to carry since you might only average 35-40 mpg.