Okay guys heres the background. I grew up in Moab Utah. I love tight nasty rocky vertical stupid trails. I love the type of terrain Moab offers. I currently live in Idaho and have access to mountain riding and I love it. Currently I ride a 2008 300XC and a 2017 Beta 300 Evo. (I am just now learning trials bikes) I owned a Ducati Monster for the two months it took me to realize I was going to kill myself. I am a good dirt rider and feel confident on the dirt. So, here is the situation. I had a friend talk to me about Adventure Riding and it seems awesome. He has a 1000cc KTM adventure bike (I can't remember the model). He rides with two Honda Africa Twins, a 1200 BMW and a guy on a DR650. I spent a lot of time learning and I have ruled out the big twins. I don't like the idea of riding that big of a bike. Honestly, if there was too much road involved I would rather trailer the interstate portions. I like the idea of camping off my bike and staying on gravel roads and twin track predominantly with the asphalt just being used to connect it. My friend on the DR says to get a bike like everyone else because they aren't going to go where I can if I get a more dirt oriented bike and I would hate trying to ride with them on long stretches of gravel. I could see myself easily doing a long long trip that is all gravel and never getting off it.. I just don't see myself doing some huge asphalt slog. From a budget standpoint I have the green light to get what I want, new, used etc is fine. The wife said just get what I want. Just because I can sink 15K into this project doesn't mean I don't like the idea of being thrifty if it gets me what I want. I have looked at 3 bikes. KTM 690. DR650. Beta 500. The Beta and KTM would be purchased new. The DR would be used and of course save me a ton of money. So, if I got the Beta how much would I lag behind on the gravel and short sections of asphalt compared to if I got a 690 or DR650? Can the Beta hang on gravel and asphalt for long periods of time with the DR? In other words, does the DR do the slabbing better than the Beta? The reason I ask is because if the Beta is as good at slabbing as the DR but lots better off road than I am not giving anything up to get the Beta and will have no problem on the slab as the group has a bunch of DR's in it. If the DR is a better slabber then I would be the weakest link on those sections. I am not sure what to do. I like the idea of a bike that is light and great on trails, I just don't know how much I am going to lose on the asphalt and gravel as I have no experience to even compare to.