Couldn't agree with you more, and your much lighter Wee Strom doubtlessly adds to the fun. My marginally lighter Super Tenere is plenty of fun on pavement or gravel.
Also, the Super Tenere isn't that much fun at Super Illegal speeds (lumpy motor) and with 50/50 tires (lumpy, noisy tires).
By-the-way, what tires are you using on your Vstrom? I'm running K60's but also use Mitas E07and I am looking at switching to Motoz Tractionator GPS.
Haynes, I am totally new to ADV-off roading (less then 2mnths) so can't give you a "qualified" advice on tires, BUT...my strom came with Continental TKC80, and I was surprised of how;
-they handle both gravel and pavement equally great
-don't make any noise, actually I can't even tell I have knobbies (on pavement)
-the only time you feel them is when rolling out of the garage
-good grip and great handling in twisties even at 100kph +
-great handling off-road and gravel (of course within my newbie learning skills)
-they soak up all the road imperfections (much better then my Angel GT's on FJR)
-can't even feel the tar snakes, cracks,and barely feel rumble strips and even Texas gates I now cut right accross the pipes and not aiming for those flat metal strips, everything is so soft and absorbed by tires and suspension (I didn't want to say it but the whole vibration/soaking up bumps/plushness etc is better then on my '17ES on "soft" and "1up with luggage" setting, which was a total pleasant surprise to me)
-when on gravel I drop the air by few PSI's as suggested by various ADV "experts"
in fact I am so impressed and happy with the TKC80's that I will probably buy another set.
So here you go all my impressions...and yes I also like how they look, agricultural tractor like or dune buggy-ATV look