Not a thought, a fact: It's up to the rider! You'll pass most of n00bs on 250 to 450cc KTMs on some TDM or Multistrada on offroad if you're a rider enough.
A thought: bigger front wheel (19" or 21") brings more comfort offroad, but you'll lose some of the tarmac "drivability". Strict offroaders have 21" on the front but they aren't that "sharp" maneuverable in the curves as the 17" wheelers are (i.e. supermotos or superbikes). That's why they made 19" for big trailies, which is a compromise between strict offroad (21") and onroad (17").
Anyways, with those big pigs like TDM, new Tiger etc you don't do much technical offroad anyway so I think they aren't that bad and their focus is OK in many ways on using 17", riding on the civilized roads. And you can always mod the forks to adapt 18" or 19" front wheel too IF you really spend lot on offroad with the bike.
Supermotos definately are very trendy currently.
Last edited by Margus; 5 Mar 2007 at 14:44.