It's not so much that the 800 is more road than dirt (although to some degree it is) as it is that the 800 is not that much better in the dirt than the 1150. I was actually disappointed how the 800 did in the dirt. It took a lot of suspension work to make it appreciably better in the dirt than the 1150/1200.
The only big bike I have ever felt was really good in the dirt was the KTM 950. It's scary how good that bike is in the dirt. Somehow, it seems to defy physics.
Originally Posted by O-livier
Interesting... I have a DV trip in the works for October and ALL riders are on singles... with the big 1150, I feel excluded from most tracks... I thought : well, maybe with an 800, I could go a bit further into the desert... Yeti, the 800 is clearly more road than dirt in your opinion?