Awesome rider, and great advice. He ended it off with riding to conditions, and sadly like SUV drivers just because you put knobbies on your big adventure bike does not mean you can ride it like a dirt bike. That is a recipe for a trip to the hospital or morgue. IMHO getting the right training, and finding your limits on what ever bike/tire/conditions is what will help the rider in the end. Should adventure bikes being ridden primarily off road have proper tires, absolutely. Not all big adventure bike riders spend most of their time off road so compromise comes into play, and then of course riding to that level of compromise.
Not everyone is an offload phenom like Adam or Chris. Personally I know my limitations, ride within them, have a burning desire to learn and ride better. Do I have the best adventure tires on my bike at this point, not a chance, but it is not going to stop me from exploring. I am not anti knobbie, nothing could be further from the truth. Which brings me back to how Adam ended it...on the pavement he rides to the conditions and cuts loose offroad. All the proper gear, tires, electronics nor friends can help you when you start pushing past your limits, on or off road. Until my street tires are done, I ride to conditions off road and on...the exploration bias will change to a more off road oriented version once I have different tires.
Which brings me to rental bikes. I posted up about a discussion (which clearly did not come across well) I had with some friends regarding tires, and the topic of adventure trips to other countries and the type of tires that should be used. In the end that is decided by the company you book with, some companies outfit the bikes with proper tires, most do not. So in the end it comes down to riding within the limits of what you have at the time of the trip. It was a great discussion, because no one judged the others because of their opinions, choice of machines or tires. I wish that type of judgemental B/S would go away, it's why I don't post much on forums, but sadly thats not the way we are wired.
Like my ole road race days and advice from a Championship rider, tires and suspension will make all the difference in the world. Sometimes though you just race with what you have....I know it is the same off road, and I am not unaware of it. I just do not see it as limiting my exploration, I had my KTM on some extremely rough sections and found the limits of the crap street tires, so I completely get what Adam said about how proper off road tires will allow you to maintain momentum.
At the end of the day Adam or Chris (and maybe 90% of the offload riders I know) have enough talent that they could pass me on a 50cc Grom with street tires. =) I am guessing I need some more training.
Thanks for the video and advice it certainly is not lost on me...