We both are. Well, at least according to one another. If I were to do this again, I would pick the Beta 500 RR-S again without hesitation, yet I would like to get slightly bigger panniers, a bigger tank, perhaps more 50/50 dirt/street tires, and a softer, wider seat. With those mods, I feel I could ride absolutely anywhere I wanted to go. Joe, on the other hand, would still pick the Africa Twin for the same ride, yet he does concede that if we were riding in a different state where you could ride dirt straight from your garage, he would pick a 500 dual sport as well. Therefore, that is one vote for the Africa Twin and one and a half for the Beta. As for the dumb one between Joe and I, I'd have to call it a tie. We picked these two very different bikes on purpose, and had a lot of fun riding together, but each bike limited the other. So my advice to you would be to talk your adventure bike friends into buying plated dual sport bikes. Joe's advice would be the opposite, and how dumb is that?!