FJ-09s are priced at $8980 here. If it was between that and a Versys 650, I think I'd take the FJ. The question for me is, do I want a FJ-09 or a Versys 1000?
Motorcycle prices fluctuate within regions in the US. In the south where you can ride all year, dealers do not drop any money off on a brand new model bike. The fj is a brand new model. Now take my 2013 Versys for example. I was able to get it for 6800 otd. When they were selling the 2014's Versys for 9500 otd. But the 2013 had sat on the showroom since 2012.
That being said, you can ship a motorcycle anywhere in the country for $800. Dealers in Florida add on $800-$1000. Plus tax, tag, title, other states fee's. They are selling the FJ-09 at sticker price plus another $1200 here. So it would literally be worth it to buy one from your dealer and pay the $800 and have it shipped here lol.
The first two issues were fixed with a software update. The soggy suspension is easily fixed with new springs in the front and a rear shock.
The suspension on the Versys is crap too, I don't understand why it get so much hate on the FZ. I have Traxxion AK-20 catridges and Penske shock on my Versys and I'd definitely get them for a FJ-09.
If something happened today to my Versys and I'd have to look for a replacement, the FJ-09 would be it, I wouldn't even think about another Versys for a split second. The FJ-09 has more power, it is lighter, gets better fuel mileage, has better electronics and the brakes are real 4 piston monoblock calipers that have much better feel, none of that can be added to the Versys. The suspension sucks? It sucks on the Versys too...
Just a note, here Kawasakis are overpriced, according to the guys at Yamaha, the FJ-09 will be priced the same as the regular, non LT, Versys 650 ABS. I'd have to be on drugs to get the Versys.
The FZ-09 has twice the hp as the Versys. And weighs 30 lbs less. Which is why its suspension is the topic of such ridicule. The suspension itself is ok, just not with 65 ft. .lbs tq and 115 hp.
I came from owning almost all supersports before the fz-09, and 600 cc supersports have the same power to weight as the fz-09 but with less torque. And to get the fz-09 suspension on par with a supersport it would cost over $1500. But the versys is much more balanced. It's suspension does just fine with 60 hp.