Hmm. Seems like the answers are all over the board. I think I'll have to focus on where and how I'll be using the bike and that might narrow it down a little bit. Lots of praise about the Versys, but is it as fun as the Ninja?
I'll give those other bikes a look as well. Thanks for the info!
the only relevant opinion is yours. its your ride, its your cash
y'dont say how much riding experience you have.
fwiw I'd guess that a 250 will not have enough grunt and will probably bore you very quickly, you will then either get another bike or leave riding.
I've heard it said in many places that a bike in the range of 500..750 has enough power for most circumstances. So I'd suggest that you look for bikes in that sort of range, say 50BHP to say 80, mebbe 100BHP.
I don't think you will have a problem riding a Versys, its well up there with smiles per gallon. its still pretty highly rated some 4 years after initial launch.
as to whats the right bike for you thats really only something you can decide. the Versys isn't a stellar performance in any specific market segment, it is however very good in most segments.
if you are an out out speed freak by a race rep, faired 500/600/650
if you want to trundle buy a harley dinosaur
if you want to go off road buy a specialist off road bike
if you want to thrash the backroads then a versys is right up there
its a good commuter, in the city its sit up and beg style is fantastic for observing whats going on.
if you are buying secondhand the the WeeStrom (650 VStrom) will be available cheaper its been out longer so there are cheaper models.
if you are buying new then theres not that much difference,
if it were me I'd buy a Versys, ive had 14,000 odd miles on a Verys in 11 months. its never let me down, it does what I want. but I'm 50 I don't get involved in traffic light grand prix's, I'm not interested in top speed or terminal velocity. I am interested in riding for fun, that means not just riding but going to off the beaten track locations, enjoying the scenery and so on