With stickier, more street oriented tires, and the suspension snubbed up to the stiffer end of its range, you could beat up on race-replica leather boys all day long and have enough mental capacity left over to do your taxes. The torquey yet highly revvable engine, perfect carburetion, great shifting, good (90-ish hp) peak power and plush, forgiving chassis simply let you keep your head and your traction while the higher strung men and machines around you were losing theirs. Flies in the couscous? Well, the Adventure S is simply too tall for novices of any size, and anybody else below about 5-foot-9. Which is why KTM, in its infinite wisdom, also makes the regular 950 Adventure, with lower suspension and a 1.4-inch-lower seat height. We haven't tried this version, but it might be even better on the street, and far more manageable in any dirt situation we can think of short of traversing the Chott al-Arab at 170 kph.