I was in a similar boat to you. I started with a 550 Zephyr, RF600, SV650 and then moved from that to a DL1000 and then an ST1300. When I went to my first bigger, faster bike (V-STROM), I was amazed at how easy it was to travel at a high rate of speed. Passing and squirting between corners was cake. The ST1300 was especially good at travel WAY above the speed limit with a passenger.
Now the big bikes are gone and I have a '10 versys. The Versys, while having much more torque lower in the rev range than the SV650, doesn't really have the same sense of "force" as the liter bikes. The ST1300 felt like it was idling at 80 mph where the Versys feels like it's running pretty hard. This is not a bad thing, just different. I think this will allow one to travel at a more scenic, "connected" speed. This in no way means you will slow down in the corners........remember, IT DOESN'T TAKE HORSEPOWER TO GO AROUND A CORNER FAST.
To summerize: No one can decide for you if you will miss the torque and HP, you just have to try it and see. I haven't even decided myself if I miss it........I'll let you know in about 20k miles.
Last edited by nathanwiley; 06-12-2010 at 06:36 PM.