I built mine with just such trips in mind. It will creep over and through things that you have to blast into with a "normal" dirtbike or dualsport. For solo travel where preserving your own carcass and arriving in one piece SHOULD take priority over speed I consider them far superior. Not sure why I put up with 350+ pound, overpowered and thirsty pigs or pure dirtbikes for as long as I did.
Wrong tools for the job.