Last weekend I attended a 2 day adventure riding class here in Utah presented by DualSportSchool.com of Utah. If you've thought about maybe taking a course, I highly recommend it! And I highly recommend DualSportSchool. The staff is great, you ride on real trails in the most beautiful terrain on earth, and their price is (for now) stupid cheap. There were about a dozen students, including a couple of guys from Europe, a couple from the east coast, some from California, one from Colorado, and a few from here in Utah.
We met at Sundance Resort, then took a brisk 20 minute ride on the mountain twisties which rank as one of the most scenic and fun rides in the state all by itself. At a paved parking lot we spent the morning doing various balance and low speed maneuvering drills. Then it was off down a dirt road to a campsite for lunch (provided by the school) and then an afternoon of more drills and riding. We covered all kinds of techniques for handling rough, soft, wet, off camber, and steep terrain. We learned how to pick up a bike dropped in an inopportune location. We learned how to extricate ourselves when we bite off more than we can chew. And water crossings. Lots of water crossings! Fun, a bit scary at first, exhilarating, and wet.
A couple of quick notes if you want to take your Versys off road, beyond a well groomed dirt road. You'll need much better tires than the factory Dunlops. Pirelli Scorpion Trail II worked quite well for me, and was the tire the instructor had on the rear of his BMW 1200. You'll need crash bars, and they should wrap the lower engine. You'll want better foot pegs, though you could get by with stock pegs. Pivot Pegz work great on the '15 Versys. Your front turn signals are at risk, consider installing micro sized units on the front. Adjust the handle bars, rotating them up if possible and adjust the brake and clutch levers for comfort when standing. The rear brake lever needs to be higher for standing. A skid plate is highly recommended if you can find one for your year bike. A kickstand large foot, preferably one which bolts on, not a plastic toss down gizmo.
Somewhere in the Wasatch Mountains
Practicing balance skills, transferring weight from one side to the other while riding.
Lunch stop. I've never seen the footpeg used for a helmet hook as it is on the nearest BMW.