Montclair, NJ here.
I got my Versys after a few years between a VMax and an FZ1...you won't miss the top end that much considering how much you'll get back in everyday friendly.
First mod - Baldwin Seat! Luckily, my bike came with it done as it's a little spendy, but I'll never own another bike without one. I flew to Detroit one way to pick up my Versys and made the ride back through Canada in two days, my butt was soooooper comfy the whole way! You will not regret spending on one of these.
PM me if you are ever riding through.