Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: America's Dairyland
I went from a 1000 to a 650, though my liter-bike wasn't a Strom.
I owned a Kawasaki Concours ZG1000 immediately before getting my DL650. While the Connie was a great bike that I truly enjoyed, I was never comfortable with that 600+-lb. bike at slow speeds. And all that plastic meant even a minor tip-over resulted in expensive repairs.
I knew I'd miss the power a little bit (there's no replacement for displacement, right?), but I feel like I've gained so much more in owning a lighter, more maneuverable bike that I'm much more confident on.
I won't rule out ever going back to a bigger bike, but I'm super happy with the smaller bike for now.
If it's a good day to wash the bike, it's a better day to ride the bike.