If you had spent $2K on a Bergara B-14 HMR or Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Long Range to shoot tin cans off fence posts at 30 yards then you have wasted your money.
If you had spent $273K on an AMG Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen (with 536-hp) to enable you to mount kerbs and find a better parking spot each day on the school then you have wasted your money. If you dropped $750K on a Bertram 630 Flybridge Cruiser to go crabbing in the Peel-Harvey inlet then you have wasted your money.
In most cases, most people are sensible enough to buy the right tool for the job. But, typically, the right tool for the job may be capable of so much more in the right hands with the right person that has the right training. U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Norman Hathcock can probably split a Spanish Gnats cracker at 500 yards with a Browning X-Bolt Hell Canon. But you never will unless you try, fail and try again.
If you spent $11.5K on a Suzuki VStrom 650XT, $17.5K on a Honda Africa Twin or Triumph Tiger Explorer or north of $20K for a Ducati 1200 Multistrada or Triumph 1200 Tiger and you never take it off road then you have wasted your money. You will never ever know how capable your bike really is. But if you learn to ride it to the limits of its ability you will get so, so much more bang for your hard-earned buck.
Yes, during the process, you will fall off and you may hurt yourself a little, but at least you know you are getting what you want out of your bike and that is really very important because there is nothing more frustrating than wanting to do something you lack the courage and conviction to do. When you make to Wiluna from Willare, with a thousand kilometres of desert and dunes under your tyre tread, you will feel great and you will never look at your ADV in the same way again. This is what these bikes were made for. It is in their pedigree.