Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Overland Park, KS
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Having ridden both the Versys and V-Strom, my suggestion would be this...If the vast majority of your riding is on pavement the Versys is a no brainer. If you like to go on dirt roads and trails, the V-Strom suspension is better suited to that. Either bike should be really good for long distance riding. They have very similar riding positions. I took my Versys to Yellowstone and back (from Kansas City) in 7 and a half days, and remained comfortable the entire trip. I did add highway pegs to it, a throttle lock, and the Corbin (the stock seat stinks for long distance) and with those 3 things I could have easily done a 1,000 mile day had I wanted to really push it.
Between Yellowstone and Jackson Hole we took a few awful roads in construction areas, the longest stretch was about 12 miles. They said bikes had been wiping out left and right on that stretch, so be careful. The Versys did fine on that stretch, which included fairly good size exposed rocks, and in other places 4 inch deep dust with deeper tire ruts, so it is capable of handling that sort of thing, but I suspect the very soft front suspension on the V-Strom may have done even better on that stretch.
I was not a fan of the V-Strom's handling on the highway, though in all fairness, I did go directly from riding the Versus to the Strom, so that probably wasn't fair to the V-Strom.
I assume you've also looked at the BMW F 650 GS (the one with the 800cc detuned twn motor.) I hear that's a lot of bike for the money, though more expensive than the Versus or Wee-Strom. The resale is probably a lot better. I've been seeing what slightly used Versys are going for and it makes me sick. Luckily I plan to keep mine a long time.