Great video. That is what an adventure bike is for. The V-Strom's designers nailed the compromise between dirt and street in my opinion.
I think your right. The writers have to have to focus on what sells magazines and gets website traffic for advertising revenue. There is no doubt that most people would consider me potentially biased, but if I had to have just one bike I would not choose the AT over the Vee2 or Vee3. Too much of my adventure time is spent of twisty roads, cross country, and with the Mrs. aboard. The AT trails the Vee2 in those areas.