If you went from a sport bike to the strom, it will feel a little squarly in the corners comparitively. For instance, my with has a Gladius that feels to me like it is on rails in the corners compaired to my wee. For the most part, these are very simular bikes. Same motor, pretty much the same drive train. however, the front forks on the Gladius are much shorter than those of the wee. The forks on the wee are much more likely to flex when traveling down the road than that of sport bikes. A fork brace will help firm up the front forks and make the dampining work as apposed to the forks just flexing. This will give the front end a firmer feel as far as handling goes. All so, the wee has a larger fron tire than sport bikes. I have ridden a Versys that has the 17" front and it feels firmer in the corners, and no, it doesnt have a fork brace currently. Good luck.