About the same time I reentered riding in 1995 I read an article in Rider about 3 brothers who took an "adventure" ride to Alaska. They all rode standards with soft bags and their gear lashed on with old fashioned bungees.
Since then it seems everyone but Harley has come out with some type of bastardized, high powered dual sport and tagged it an adventure bike. Personally, I have referred to the Vstrom as a standard decked out in adventure drag...
Anyway, adventure is the ride - the bike is just a tool. Some bikes are more "dirtly" and others more "streetly" but if the bike works for you, the adventure awaits!
So where is the argument?
Current ride: 2001 GL1800; Gone away: 5 BMW's, 4 Honda's, 3 Suzuki's
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -Marcus Aurelius