Originally Posted by buls4evr
If you live in Michigan,USA you know the answer to this one! The road surfaces, even the paved ones, are so rough that you want that extra 2 in of travel that a DS bike provides. As road maintenance goes down the tubes in this economy the desire for a big DS bike will go up.
+1. Around here, the single most comfortable vehicle I own is my DR350.
It doesn't even have a great suspension compared to more expensive or more modern DS bikes, but it soaks up potholes, cracks, heaves, and bumps better than even my SUV did. Plus, it's way easier to dodge the potholes with a lightweight, agile bike and you have better visibility with a taller bike and more upright seating position.
That said, you can certainly ride just about any bike just about anywhere with enough skill, determination, and luck.