It's still a street bike made to look like a dirt bike. There's not a whole lot of places it will go, that a regular street bike won't. It might be a little better on gravel roads or something, but that's about it. You wouldn't ever want to drop it, like you might have to do with a real dirt bike.
If you want to find a more capable 'dual sport' oriented dual sport, there are a lot of them out there. The 'baddest ass' of those is the KTM Adventure 990! We're talking 104.6hp in a dirt capable bike!
I fail to see that much difference between the Tenere, The Vstrom and KTM. The KTM still weighs in at 209 kg dry
...so that's like 460 lbs , + whatever a full tank of gas is along with a few quarts of oil....moving towards 500 lbs...kinda heavy for an "dirt bike"
I think the OP here was looking at the Vstrom because it has some of the attributes of a ST bike , but with a more "sit up straight" riding position. I do not think he was intrested in doing that much off road riding.
A big thing to consider here, when picking out any bike you actually plan to travel on , (and by that I mean crossing state lines) is how big is the dealer network for that model. I know there are not alot of KTM dealers accross the US...but alot of Yamaha/Honda/Suzuki/Kawasaki shops.
I had myself considered a BMW 1300 GT before I decided on the Yamaha FJR. One of the reasons, other than cost, was if this was a bike I planned to do some traveling on, how many dealers are there scattered accross the US?
Yamaha has a few thousand licenced dealers, BMW...a few hundred. If I am in the middle of East Jesus NM and need a part, it be nice if the odds of finding a dealer near by are good.
Yes, I know if I had a Harley, that there are so many Harley shops in the US you can likely ride from one to the other on one tank of gas. The two problems are , one... Harley has a very limited selection ...they do not make a ST or Adventure bike....The other is if you have a Harley , you will need
to have a shop every 100 miles .............
If you all remember....Obe Wan and Charly road a pair of BMW "adventure bikes" around the freaking world. So saying "It's still a street bike made to look like a dirt bike. There's not a whole lot of places it will go.."
is a bit subjective....