I haven't written about the mods yet, but will in a future issue.
Short version: I went the easy route on the suspension by calling Traxxion. I do like to tinker and really like to recycle components (the R6 shock, for example), but I was in a bit of a bind time-wise. I had the work done just a couple of weeks before I took the Versys on vacation, and wanted a setup that I knew would be close.
So, Traxxion AK20s (compression adjustment one side, rebound the other, both live cartridges) and Penske shock. Yeah, yeah, it's a chunk of change. That's the beauty of starting with an $8000 motorcycle. (Which mine wasn't since I bought it used.)
Brakes are Nissin four-piston units off a Honda CBR600F4/929/945 with modified caliper adapters from an SV650. Right now, I'm still running the stock Kawasaki master, but I also have a radial-mount from my old crashed (and totaled) GSX-R750 plus the original Honda master that I'm going to try soon.
Lots of tinkering still to come. And I haven't touched the engine. Yet.