The pictures of the bike look great, love the color. I started on a Harley 883 right out of taking the MSF course and with no previous experience whatsoever. That bike was also 490lbs. Ended up having it for 20 years. Fewer HP but just as much torque. I needed the lower height but you don’t so if you are a responsible person the 650 sounds like a bike you could learn on and keep for a long time. The VStrom is like a Swiss Army knife, it is good for commuting and grocery shopping all the way to touring around the globe. And at a low cost to own. I’d say go with your instinct.