Welcome aboard, Munk!
A few comments for you, but first a few questions. How tall and strong are you? What is your mission for the machine?
As has been said, the V650 is a tall machine with a high center of gravity. I am 5'10" tall and find the bike a little taller than I would like. With a full tank of fuel and some stuff in the top box or my camping gear strapped on, it is sometimes a challenge when coming to a stop. Especially on an uneven surface.
You can install a lowering link which people report works very well and doesn't mess up the handling. You can also get a lower seat.
With good motorcycle or hiking boots with more of a heel than regular walking shoes I can flat-foot both feet, almost. With my camping gear weighing it down I can definitely flat foot.
For the first timer, I think the height and weight are the big concerns. If you're taller than me, younger and stronger, it may not be an issue at all.
For all around use the V650 is a great bike! I commute (half highway half city), go grocery shopping in the burbs, go camping, take road trips, go off-road (not crazy motocross), and have fun on mountain twisties.
But, honestly, a stable of several motorcycles to cover a variety of uses would be easy to justify if I had the space and the $$.
A used smaller bike to learn on, then sell it and move up to something bigger, makes a lot of sense. Or keep the smaller bike and add the larger bike. But it depends a lot on you and your mission/environment. If you're 6' or taller, young and strong, the V650 will be just fine for you. If you're 5'10 and 135#, which is what I was graduating college, the V650 might be a bit too much to learn on.
The little 250cc bikes are fantastic to learn on, super easy to ride, and perfect for the short suburban rides at 45mph or less. They are not highway machines. I had a Virago 250 for a few years which had been my daughter's until she moved downtown in the city and gave up riding. I would recommend it for learning, if you aren't too tall/big.
Royal Enfield has some really nice bikes which are easy to ride. The V300 is also a great bike though taller than the old style RE or the cruiser style bikes.
Think of your first bike like a teen's first car. It is going to get bumped and scratched. Be sure to put on crash bars or frame sliders. If you get a 2015 or newer, the front turn signals hit pavement when dropped and then an expensive plastic fairing is cracked. If you do get a Versys, members here can help with what works and what doesn't on your bike.
My first bike was a new 1982 Kawasaki KZ550 when I graduated college. There was a learning curve but quickly I was comfortable and loving the back country roads where I lived. You don't need to start with a tiny bike. Just be aware the V650 is not like a bicycle with a motor.
Take a good training class. Ideally use their bike, because you'll likely drop it a few times. It is a good way to get your license, because the course counts as your road test when you finish, and it may get you a good discount on insurance. You could take the course and then decide which bike to buy.
I am not trying to discourage you from the V650. It could be the perfect bike for you.
Last edited by Fly-Sig; 06-13-2019 at 11:15 AM.