Hey Stephen, congrats on the new bike and welcome to the forum.
You have gotten to the heart about what's best in the Versys- a sporty bike built for the street, not the track. I wasn't fond of the OEM tires but used them up anyway, 5k miles. Replaced with Roadsmarts for another 6k, better, but nothing to write home about. Conti Motion Sumo tires were next, and they were a revelation. For about 3k. I then put on a set of the Pirelli Scorpion Trails, the 160/60 was just out. A good versatile tire but it felt better to me at lower pressure than recommended, consequently not great wear, about 4k. I tried the Michy PR2s; the front wore funny and the rear picked up a screw so I was done with those at 3k. Went back to the Scorps, this time with the 150/70 rear, and I tried to keep more air in them. Not sure if it was the balance of the bike being different (1/2" higher in the rear), or just more meat on the rear tire (deep treads!), but my front was shot at 4k while the rear looked to have a lot more life in it. I got a set of the new Bridgestone S20s last month and have 2k on them now. They're a little twitchy straight up on chip-sealed roads, but feel superb leaned over. They feel good at higher pressure and appear to be wearing really evenly. If they can go 5k this is my new tire.
Unless I want to be doing more gravel and dirt roads.
And that's the crux of it, the best tire for your bike depends on how you ride it. Some folks will recommend a Sport-Touring tire that works for them, but if that's not your style you may not like it as much. For me, the Dual-Compound ST tires (Roadsmart, PR2) don't work that great on the V. The transition area from hard to soft compound wears away and leaves the tire with a humped profile that takes the fun out of the bike.