trackrider i feel you man,i had this thoughts also when i 1st bought the bike.
especially in a track with high quality asphalt you can see its full potential,middle band f the engine is pretty agressive and if your heart tells it you can make pretty decent times in small twisty preferably tracks!
yesterday a v-strom full un-stock came by me in traffic lights reving the throttle looking at me.i am an not a kid but i couldn resist
with the green light we hit the grip and the bikes were going side by side until 4th gear,5th gear i started to wave and 6th i was 30 meters in front of him till he lost me,the road was a 4 km straight line
the kawi engine is better cause you have a higher rpm band without loosing the torgue .parallel 650 is better than the v of suzuki.
i own the bike 2 years,i ride it daily and every day i find reasons to ride more,2 years later the bike still grows in my head.
i had a lot of bikes in the past but with versys i feel its made for me.i am a tall and heavy guy ,1.90 m 100+ kgr, and it serves me perfectly.the only real disadvantage is its only for me,i cant carry 2nd passenger without feeling uncomfortable.
kawasaki did a very good job this time
and i plan to keep this bike as long as i have money for the gasoline