After a little off-road stint on the 919 yesterday, I think it could be a feasible dual sport machine.
A farmer ran me off the road on my favorite back way home. I was in the middle of a long left sweeper running about 50 MPH when from behind the hill I see a Chevy 1500 pulling a small piece of farm equipment in the middle of the road. I stood it up and slowed down to get around him, but more of his truck and 'trailer' where on my side of the road than on his own. I was in my lane the entire turn but was forced to the far right side. Let me put it this way. My options where 1) keep the tires on the asphalt, lean into the corner and smack my head against his front bumper, or 2) take her off road.
Someone with a really nice yard now has a squiggly dead streak through it where I was trying to slow it down. Gladly I didn't lay it down, but I will say all those years of dirt bike riding paid off. Who knew street bikes ride like they are on snot in grass at probably about 35 MPH?
Somehow I managed to ramp over the ditch, miss a big hedge of bushes, and stop before a second hedge of bushes. I had to ride back through the persons yard to their driveway just to get back on the road. I was so mad that I chased this guy down and was ready to kick in his driver door with my steel toes. Oh yeah...he didn't even slow down or stop to see if I was okay, and neither did the guy following him pulling a hay wagon.
Oh well...live and learn. When I pulled up next to him and started yelling he looked at me and had to be about 80 years old. I guess he forgot he wasn't driving his semi with a 45 ft trailer. Up yours old farmer fart. You could have killed me without knowing or caring!
Anyway...just thought you guys might be interested in making a dual sport out of this incredibly versatile machine.