I'm a newbie to th Versys, and haven't really even had a chance to ride it yet, but here is my opinion....
I would love to have a GS800...I covet one, have ridden them, and they (I believe) are my perfect bike.......HOWEVER, they are pricey, and need their fair share of mods just to make them dirt capable. I feel like if I'm paying over 10k for a new or near new bike, it shouldn't need suspension or fork mods or changes to be good. The maintenance and parts prices for BMW's are silly money, but some day I will sip the koolaid.
I looked and read about the Triumph, has potential, but I have zero dealer support anywhere near me, and as a new model, I shied away.
I almost bought two or three V-stroms, and probably would have been happy, but they are just kind of boring.
In comes the V. It will be similar to the F800, only a little less dirt worthy but a tone less expensive. I have dirt bikes. I can ride them off-road and love to do that. I can put super motard tires and wheels on them and fart around all I want, and even hit the track when I want.
The V will get me out farther, with more comfort and ability than the DRZ will comfortably. I think it is a super choice, and from what I read around here before I purchased, everyone enjoys their V.
Isn't that what it's about? Enjoying the ride!
**Sold**2008 Red Versys, Algard, LSL Frame Sliders, EvoTech Radiator guard, Givi screen, Givi V35 panniers, Moto Werks handlebar riser and footpeg lowering blocks, Aprilia Tuono mirrors, Carbon Fiber FendaExtenda, Spools/Sliders front & rear