I'm a big fan of dual sports and ADVs. In 30 years of riding, I've nearly always had one in the stable, and as a mechanic, I rode many more than I owned. My personal favorite is the XR650L. For serious offroad work and occasional blasts down the highway, it's tough to beat. The Driz would be a close second, but a bit underpowered for my taste. Both are famously reliable. Owned a late '80s KLR650 for a couple of years. It was fast and comfortable for a dually, but reliability was poor.
These days I lean toward ADV. I cover more highway miles than trails, just because of access, but I do prefer my ADV to have legit dirt cred. Of the three bikes in my stable now, my Africa Twin hogs all my riding time. It's incredibly capable everywhere. I shun any ADV bigger and heavier than the AT. Really big bikes do not inspire confidence in me, and I've no desire to struggle under a 600lb+ bike should it spill in sand or mud.
I recently discovered the fine little NC700x. While it's not quite a legit dually out of the crate, Honda graced it with two key foundational elements: a very tractable, approachable motor, and an exceptional chassis that keeps weight low and centralized. I just outfitted one of my employee's NCs with some prototype suspension upgrade parts, along with a pair of TKC 80s. Darned if it isn't a legit off roader now, with improved street control to boot. It won't match my AT for power and speed, but I wouldn't hesitate to plan a serious adventure on it.
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