Hi folks. I'm right on the cusp of buying my first DRZ (my third bike, first dirt capable). It's between two very clean, low mileage/hours bikes - one E, one S. I have been a casual street rider for thirty years - nothing really long distance or ultra challenging. My gal pal and I want to do some adventure riding and not too hairy dirt stuff - nothing technical, our middle aged bones have gotten brittle and we are both new to dirt. I'm petite - 5'4" 120 lbs and will lower either bike with a "low" Seat Concepts saddle and a 1.75 Kouba link. At my weight, I'm hoping the suspension won't need a major rework. Here's my dilemma. My pal's boyfriend is an extremely accomplished dirt dude. He is concerned that the E may be too much bike for me! He says they have a reputation for having a bit of a "whiskey throttle" (never heard that saying before). Personally, I think the lighter weight of the E, along with better suspension (as it will be lowered) are advantages worth considering. The weight of the E would be the same as the bike I ride four times a week and less than a bike I ride summers. That said, my biggest bike has only been a 450. They are both drool worthy bikes and I would be happy with the S, no doubt. It is modded out a bit better than the E. Still, being a GIRL, I do like the weight advantage of the E. Will it cost me much on the highway if I still go ahead and regear the E to 15/44? Don't plan to do much interstate, just state highways, fire roads, two track. Will I get tossed around more at high speeds on the E? Ok, I'm rambling now. TIA for your learned opinions!