I couldn't imagine really taking the Versys off-road. My driveway beats me to death and the stock Versys tires get real squirrely on the way in. It's very nice on my '05 KLR though. I too can only afford one, so the KLR will be going sometime soon, as I really spend almost no time off-road anymore.
I would say KLR's with the right tires are true 50/50 bikes. They are competent on the road and the dirt.. not good at either, but decent at both. Off-road, the KLR is heavy, and you get a work-out getting it to go where you want. On-road she is a bit slow.. with little grunt left in reserve at 65+ mph, and the ride quality above 65 mph is poor.. wearing you out (unless your young enough to absorb the abuse). BUT, everywhere in between.. she is Great!!
The Versys... well, I don't think she is really a dual-sport or even 85-15. I think she is a long travel street bike. I know she doesn't like my driveway much (500 yards of jeep trail). Even with dual-sportish rubber, I think asking her to perform off-road would be a mistake. Dirt roads.. Yes. Light trails.. Yes Log jumps, rocks, ruts, uneven ground... No Way man, not me anyway.
'08 Versys.. Givi rear rack, JCW trunk and E21's, Givi shield, Madstad bracket, Speedy peg and mirror brackets, lowering kit, SC Seat, R1 Shock.. other stuff. '09 KLX250 setup for singletrack. 2011 Xterra, '80 CJ-7
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