I have a sinking feeling the new AT will only be a bridge between the Varadero and Transalp and replicate other manufacturer’s attempts at off-roadable road bikes.
The secret to future success with the AT would be to return to the Dakar roots and tune it down from there. Not as Rally as their new CRF 450 Rally, and not as road as the Transalp. 750 / 800 V2, low strung for that renowned and much craved reliability factor. Well sprung, torquey but not a rocket ship. I guess something like an F800 in terms of off road capability.
In the mean time I’m still holding onto my RD04 and RD07 project bike!