Those 1200cc brutes are way too big, cumbersome and - most crucially - too bleedin' heavy.
Whether as the onset to a male midlife crisis moment or just cos I sit at a desk on a computer all my working day, but two years ago I PX'd my Yam' XT660R and bought a Yamaha XT660Z Tenere to satisfy my quite modest urge to disappear way up north in Scandinavia for 2-3 weeks in the Arctic tundra.
It was a great solo experience... no back-up support crew or a camera-weilding Claudio waiting for me at the next picturesque photo opportunity. Nope. Nothing. Just the bike, my meerkat mascot (a pressie from my daughter. Honest!!!) and me.
I wouldn't have dared ride up on anything bigger/heavier than an already heavy Tenere (bike + aluminium panniers + topbox + tent + food + 23 litres fueltank).
Out in that wilderness - and there are huge swathes of real 'wilderness' - there were a few days when I only saw one other person. Literally a couple of hundred kilometres from anything meaningful. That's scary.
Drop a big bike, and if you don't hurt yourself in the process, then getting up and dusting y'self down would still entail a few hours of load-lightening to give you half a chance of righting the bike.
I had a couple of near-misses with the Tenere but, somehow, managed to just keep the bike upright - but the effort involved still hurt.
The Tenere and its single cylinder competitors (from KTM and Bimmer) are good 'realistic' bikes for covering huge distances on greatly varying road surfaces (with everything bar the kitchen sink attached). They're not necessarily the fastest... don't want to break any speed limits cos 'adventure' biking is more about the 'travelling' and less about the actual 'arriving'... saying that, it is still nice to arrive!!!
But why can't we have more 250 trail bikes here? Yamaha in South America (Brazil, if I'm not mistaken) has a 250cc Tenere.
Please Mr Yamaha, can I have one?