If you think you are set on an AT, you should be aware the AS is taller and heavier than the non AS version. Really worth considering the advice you see here. Neither of those are a good choice for a beginner. Too big, too heavy, and too expensive unless you have money to blow. Whatever bike you get, you should ride one for a couple days on road and off, make sure its gonna work for you. My take on the T7 is its the better bike for challenging the dirt, and its simpler. Simple can be good. The AT is probably a more comfortable distance machine, if you are gonna lean more toward touring. With DCT and multiple traction modes, there's more electronic trinkets than some folks need. Also, before you buy, try picking it up. Anything is easy to pick up in the parking lot. It gets harder in the wild. You might decide something like a DRZ400 at 320# is a better first bike. .