How do you like your FJ-09? On the surface it seems like a closer "big Versys" than the V 1000 is (which is more like big, comfy, slightly less powerful Ninja 1k). Also something to be said for a "commuter bike" that can power wheelie through 3 gears haha.
It was a toss up between a ninja 1000 and a Versys 1000 originally... I decided that the ninja was a little too sporty/cramped for me and then I stumbled on the FJ-09. I love the damn thing so far. That gem of a motor is awesome, ergos are just about perfect for me(6'4") and while suspesnion is not awesome, it's definitely not the abomination and useless pogo sticks the reviewers are talking about. Sure, it's no sportbike full adjustable suspension but this is not what this bike is either.
Here is a copy of what i wrote on ADVrider to someone who asked the same thing...
I had the Versys 1000 in my crosshairs when I was shopping earlier this summer.
A couple things made me go FJ instead of Versys.
-Weight, the FJ feels alot lighter on it's feet than then Versys.
-Fun, it just felt more alive when I needed it to(Oh, a nice corner, let's accelerate a bit and lean in).
-PRICE! In Canada, I found a left-over 2016 FJ-09 for 9500+Tx... A new 2017 Versys 1000 was 14500$.
I'll give a few things to the Versys, it was a little more comfortable, suspension seemed to be a little better, OEM luggage looks very spiffy, better wind protection for those looooong hauls. I will honestly give the Versys 1000 a serious look again when I shop for a new bike in 2-3 years, maybe i'll want more comfort and a little less fun as I get older... We'll see.
But ultimately, for now, the FJ-09 was 5k less than a Versys 1000... and that buy alot of gas, farkles, tires and beer.