I had to go up to Copperhill, TN for a work-related function this weekend, but this year I rode. Took the Versys up. My Garmin was set for shortest route, so it took me off Hwy 76 somewhere left of Blue Ridge and then up through several gravel roads that I would have sworn were someone's driveway if they did not end up back on pavement eventually. Yeah, it was a shorter route, but not quicker!
I now have considerably more experience with the Versys off-road. Not exactly where I want to go, but I must admit that the bike never had an issue. Even with lowered suspension, it never bottomed out. Steering was relatively neutral but obviously it was running the wrong tires. No undue rattles, nothing fell off, and I could easily use second and third gear with the taller front sprocket.
Not too bad for a road bike.