A few days ago I posted about switching from an 06 BMW GT to a Strom 650. I ended up buying a K9 with 500 miles on it from a forum member here and I just picked it up today and rode for a couple hours, a mixture of twisties, long straights, and goat trails. First impressions- two thumbs up . Amazing fun. I still can't get over how such a modest displacement engine can be so capable. Coming off a 150+ HP BMW, I felt no lack of power except passing cars where it lacked the 2-second passing ability of the bigger bike. Not a big deal.
Impressed with the great lightweight flickability, the twin is smooth and torquey with a nice low-key growl, and the suspension really soaks up the bumps. I hit a goat trail that I always passed by on the GT and it was an absolute riot blasting up the mountain on rough broken-up asphalt, the wee just eats it up. It's not stressed at all at 80 MPH either. Totally impressed with it. It's not built to a particularly high standard of materials, with lots of inexpensive plastic bits and very basic switches and gauges, but I can forgive that at this price point. It's not poor quality, just basic.
It came with Givi bags (tail case not on in this picture), a fork brace, and the Madstad windscreen mount which works great and I was happy to see that little stock screen on the madstad is all I will need to keep the wind off with only minor buffeting over 70 mph. The stock seat is rubbish, not uncomfortable but built at about a $10 price point from the looks of it. So that will go soon. (edit, just did my first long ride on the bike, 350 miles over about 8 hrs in the saddle, it's actually not that bad. Had to stand up periodically but I've had much worse)
Center stand coming, heated grips and handguards, a few other things, and with that giant gas tank I'll be ready to hit the California Sierra passes when they open in the next few weeks. I'm not going to put GPS or radar on it, unlike my BMW. It's going to be a more back to basics machine.
Took this less-than-great pic with my iphone. This is the kind of road that is out of the mission statement of my last bike, but is right up the wee's alley .