You have your purists that say you need to have the latest top end Adventure BMW and ride around the world, then there are the other who disagree.
I will bestow upon you my feelings on the matter. For me, it has to involve riding in another country other than your home country.
I have been living in Southeast Asia, have ridden a Kawasaki Versys and a Ducati Hyperstrada through 4 countries in the region, and as we speak have my tickets bought to fly into India and ride the Leh – Manalli highway through Rohtag pass and Spitti valley on a rented Royal Enfield. I have ridden for 1 day rides, multiple day rides, even up to many weeks before returning to base camp.
Now for me these adventures, and the forthcoming ones involve hotels as well as camping, cover riding a bike day after day after day, in some very inhospitable places, dealing with extreme heat, snow, rain, crashes, bike problems and much more.
For me all these things define the word ‘Adventure Motorcyclist’ well. If you have a comfort zone for your motorcycle travels, then you step well outside that comfort zone, that’s when the true adventures start!
However you personally define it, enjoy the ride, as every ride is an adventure and no defing the words can take away from what you enjoy!