I went through somewhat the same path. Bought a cheap Wee to test the ADV waters. Loved the platform, all day comfortable, able to load a stupid amount of luggage on it, able to handle the odd gravel road (well anything could, but have to justify it). Didn't really like the Wee, it was ok power wise without luggage, but found it lacking at highway speeds when loaded with luggage. Kinda boring to ride. It also had a scary steering wobble under certain conditions when loaded up.Super Ten owner? Review your bike. I bought a Wee to see if ADV bikes suit me -- I absolutely love it. I'm coming off a Hayabusa and ride an FJR while touring so while the 650 is great, after a year enjoying her I'm looking for a bit more snap. I have a soft spot for Yamaha's and think the SuperTen would be a great for me, just don't see many and have never found he chance to hear impressions from an owner.
When I was shopping for a replacement ADV, it was basically either the '13+ R1200GS(A) or the Tenere (an obvious copy of the beemer). I really wanted the beemer, but couldn't justify the price. I bought my Tenere for $11k (3yo, 30k km), where equivalent GS' were going for $20k. Considered the big KTM's, but they're not shaft drive and reliability is questionable. Considered the Strom 1000, no shaft drive, no cruise control, and it feels cheap. Multistrada is pretty, but $1k+ desmo service every 25k km was a no go, also no shaft drive. I forget what else I considered.
I have now put about 20k km on it and really like it. It doesn't do anything particularly well, but it's a good overall package that does what I want. It's definitely not fast, but has a decent amount of power to keep things interesting, doesn't care how much weight is on it. It is heavy and doesn't handle super well, but it's rock solid once you're in a corner. Probably the biggest fault lies with the fueling, it is very herky jerky when going off/on, supposedly an ECU flash fixes it, but I haven't done it yet. On the other hand, it's super steady full of luggage cruising at 130km/h. It has Yamaha reliability and simplicity. Good overall build quality, zero flimsy plastic anywhere. Electronic suspension, proper cruise control, shaft drive, heated grips. The dash isn't TFT, but is very functional and looks good. Perhaps most important, I dig the Dakar look of it
As I said, it's not amazing, but a really good overall package.