Originally Posted by Daddyo
To my eye, the number of sport tourers have steadily decreased as the ADV/Dual sports have increased, dramatically. Lots and lots of large aluminum panniers go by every day.
One of the nicer things about touring on a sport-touring bike is that you don't tend to run into huge hordes of them on the open road. For whatever reason, they don't seem to travel in packs the way heavier touring bikes do. Ten years ago it seemed like you never saw a GS-class mega enduro either. Now completely optioned out mega ADV bikes seem fairly common in the middle of know where, oddly tho, more often than not they don't have a spec of dirt on them (lots of stickers tho.......).