In the 80′s, thanks to the Paris-Dakar rally, the trail motorbikes got lots of success, everyone wanted to emulate the heroes of the desert. But in the 90′s, the motorbike manufacturers started moving away from that kind of motorbikes, making the trail bikes too oriented for on-road driving, very far away from the all-terrain capabilities the machines in the 80′s had. Up till now, you had to choose either a KTM (too, I repeat, too, expensive), or just go for a touring motorbike with off-road capabilities (like my Aprilia Pegaso Trail) and use it in all-terrains, or for an Enduro bike.
Fortunately this is changing, with the release in 2008 of the new Yamaha Teneré:
And, if rumours are true, the new Honda Transalp:
(I hope the real one looks better than in this mockup though )
/me starts saving money for the Teneré