I have a 2004 FZ6 and a 2008 Versys. I bought the V for long distance touring because the FZ6 just wasn't comfortable enough, and just love the bike. This past summer I took two long tours, one from Morgan, UT to Red Lodge, MT over the Beartooth Hwy, and back; the other from Whitefish, MT to Port Angeles, WA, then back to UT the long way, 2300 miles camping out 6 nights. I could never have done that on my FZ6, even with my modified seat. In a nutshell, both bikes love the twisties, with the nod going to the FZ6 due to it sport bike roots. Both bikes like going fast (100 mph plus) with the nod again going to the FZ6. The FZ has the horsepower at the top end (around 9000 RPM) for some real excitement, while the V has more usable torque at lower RPM's, (starting at 4000 RPM ) but not the power surge of the FZ. Both rides are very enjoyable, just different. For long days in the saddle, the V wins hands down due to a more comfortable seat, upright riding position, and wider bars. Both bikes give me about the same mileage when ridden the same way, 40 to 45 MPG when ridden really hard, and 50 to as much as 60 MPG on long 50 to 65 mile mph stretches of country roads.
So, I guess there is no clear cut answer to your question. It really depends on your riding style, where and on what type of roads you ride on, and the average length of your rides. I like both bikes enough that I'm keeping them both. But, if I had to choose only one, I prefer the V as it is almost as much fun in the twisties, but is a much better touring bike. Also, if you plan on some dual sport riding, the V can be readily accessorized to handle the job as good as the smaller G series Beemers, while the FZ6 can't. The upright riding and peg position on the V lends itself to stand-up riding, (feels like riding a dirt bike). I ride the dirt also. I tried a bit on my FZ and immediately turned around. With a bash plate, street legal knobbies, and perhaps a smaller rear sprocket, the Versys will handle everything a Beemer dual sport will. Hope this helps you make a decision. Good luck.
Last edited by toegeo; 11-29-2009 at 09:01 PM.