I'm a child of the 70's. I was caught up in the dual purpose craze ("dual sport" came later) when the trail 70, then the SL 70 (my first bike) came out. A lot of kids in the neighborhood had minicycles and we rode the crap out of those things. Other kids liked football. It was okay, but I liked motocross better. Other kids liked Roger Staubach and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. My heroes were Roger DeCoster and Marty Smith.
I've never been that excited about liter+ bikes. Sure, they're fast, but you'd need a track to use all that power. Harleys are slow, heavy, and handle like a school bus. Screw that. I don't want to polish it, I want to get it dirty!
Give me something with some suspension travel. If it can't go off road, it's just not as fun as it could be. In the city, too, nothing's as fun as a reasonably light bike with curb-hopping agility.
It's not a mid-life crisis thing for me. I was born this way, and it's okay to be different!
I really like this thread on ADV: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/v ... es.751837/