I had a 2009 ER6N for a couple years, the bike is the same as a Ninja minus fairing. I originally looked at some Ninja's but ruled them out because they are too sporty looking, I knew from riding supersports that I DIDN'T want a bike that looked faster than it was. The ER6N WAS fun to ride (specially when the whether was really nice), but the Versys does pretty much everything better. The only thing the ER did better was it had more top end charge, from around 8000 RPM and up, though the Versys has more low end power. As I understand it, the newer Ninja 650's have a power delivery closer to the Versys. If I were in the market and looking at 2009's I'd get the Versys, unless I found a similar condition ER9N for $1500 less.