Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Hard to go wrong with the 650. It tours well, commutes well, and is sporty enough, as well, so long as you don't expect to compete with the liter bikes and sport bikes. I also owned an ST1300, so I know where your'e coming from.
The 650 VStrom is easy to live with. They're rock solid reliable and do all things well. There's a ton of accessories out there for them, and seats are easy to modify or replace. Lots of choices there, too. Gas mileage is good, as well. Like I said, hard to go wrong. I've never ridden one, but it's said that the '12/'13 models have better suspension and feel like they have a tad more power than the '04--'11 Wee's. Mine is an '09 and I can't find anything to complain about now that I've got a Russell Daylong saddle and a Givi windshield with Madstad bracket for it.
Have fun looking and buying. And you definitely came to the right place for advice. Lots of it here, mostly very good. That which is not very good, is still good.