Versys or Harley?
... only you can answer that.
I teach a motorcycle safety course a handful of weekends a year and I get asked "what kind of motorcycle should I get?" at least 10 times a weekend.
Yes Jeephoto, I know your not a student with zero experience, so I think you can figure this out on your own, but thought I would share my experiences answering this question.
I often break the ice on the first classroom day by asking "Who already has a bike? What kind of bike do you want?" Invariably, 95% of the time people want Harleys. I always ask why they want one, and the answer is usually "Because I like the style" or "My friends have one." We have what they call "graduated licencing" in this province, where you can get your class D licence that allows you to ride a bike less than 500ccs, and an A licence that permits the use of bikes over 500ccs. Our course offers bikes of both classes. For the class D we have a bunch of dual sport bikes (TWs, XTs, DRs, and a few CBR 125s), and we have Marauder 650 cruisers as our Class A bikes. We spend days buzzing around the parking lot, running slaloms, figure eights and emergency braking, etc. on our Class D bikes. I must say, as an instructor it is a wonderful thing bringing a student with absolutely no knowledge of what a clutch is, all the way to watching the grin on their faces during high speed counter steering. By the end of day two, I have a whole new group of friends and fellow motorcyclist. I have a passion for carving a turn on a motorcycle, and I preach heavily the importance of counter-steering and mastering the perfect turn.
On the final day we introduce the 650 cruiser to the students. One by one they all have their shot taking the "Big" bike through all the turns and slaloms. All the grins disappear. "Why is this bike so hard to turn?" "It is so uncomfortable having you feet out in front of you like that." "How come we can't grip the tank with our knees like you showed us?" "When I come to a stop, I can't keep this thing from falling over." (That is a good one) "I find this bike too long and it is preventing me from doing the 10 foot slalom." So as an instructor, I have to go over with them why this cruiser handles the way it does. It has its pegs sticking way out in front preventing you from standing when presented with an obstacle on the road, because of the style. The forks are longer, preventing you from turning quickly and preventing you from proper slow speed slalom steering, because of the style. Its heavy because it has a massive lump of and engine and 50 pounds of chrome pipes, because of the sound... and the style. Many puzzled faces.
To add to that, there is a section of the program where we talk about clothing. We talk about the importance of "High Vis" gear, and CE armour. We often bring in some of our own gear, followed by stories of our own close calls. In most cases, this equipment is in stark contrast to the black plastic pope hats with the skulls painted on the side, that many of them not 4 days prior, intended to wear. In the end, over half of the students that said they want Harleys, now don't. I ask them, and I will ask everybody reading this today, just as I ask the students, "What is the purpose of a cruiser?" "What is it designed to do?" The legitimate answer is: "It is all about the style." I respect that. I get it. But, my personal mission is to bring the joy of riding a motorcycle to as many people as I can. I drill them with stories of ripping through the woods on a dual sport bike. Or wearing the sides of tires, carving turns along places like the Cabot Trail. Or, mounting a set of panniers, duffel bags, camping gear and everything else required to explore the world the best way possible, on a motorcycle.
Just doing my part.