Your information is incorrect the 1K will run in the mid elevens and like Big B I will gladly show you the back of my 1K if you are ever out my way 20 or 40 lbs. does not make up for the HP difference.
The 1000 is faster, that's what I said.. And I'm not interested in racing, so there is one of the differences between you and I. I'm also not very interested in looking at the back of your Strom no matter what the situation.
Both bikes are whales if you chose to ride them off road,
one is a little more of a whale than the other..
the fuel mileage my 1K 45 mpg consistantly (unless I ride like Big B then it still gets low 40's)
That is 7mpg, or more, less than what I get..
Change the mufflers and there goes most of the weight.
That's more money, and I am happy with the stock cans, but the same is true of the 650
The price you got us there but some of us do not buy the least expensive,
I'm glad you have deep pockets, I practice a form of financial responsibility, and try not to buy more than what I need.
as for abs yes it does help to stop in some situations
This is true, and is why I decided to get it after riding 18 years without it..
but the most important thing to remember about abs is that you will be looking at what ever you are going to hit if you over ride your ability.
I don't have an issue with target fixation, and I am almost never riding over my ability. But when the unexpected happens and I nail the brakes, or I hit a patch of oil or diesel or coolant, I have one less thing to worry about, and maybe it'll be that extra bit of technology that means the difference between me being able to swerve around that thing that I'm not target fixating on, or low-siding in to it.