Hey Whangler - I am a few months off 60, pretty happy with my 2012 Versys, here's why:
Handles great in the twisties, on small country roads, good enough for open highways, and is quite manageable on dirt trails (depending of course on tyres, stock Dunlops would be better off made into sandals). Sitting on the Versys you can see the road and the traffic ahead nice and clear, it's plenty nimble for any evasive action/sudden swerving necessary, the suspension sucks up most potholes and nasty bumps, plenty of torque from way down (I rarely crank it up past 6-7000 rpm, in fact most of the time i'm quite happy at 4-5000 rpm). As I am in Indonesia and my touring often takes me into smaller villages, with the relatively compact wheelbase I can actually turn the thing around if I get stuck in some small lane. Anything bigger (a 1200 GS for example) would probably involved a lot of sweat and swearing.
I have no need to go much above 140-150 km/h - at my age, with my back, crouching over a ZX at 200 km/h for more than 20 km would probably result in me having to have physiotherapy once they pried me off the damn thing. I have done 'only' 10,000km in the 7 odd months I've had the Versys - mainly because I have been traveling for work overseas. Included in that 10,000 are at least one 1,200 plus km trip through East Java which was a blast: smooth big roads, pot-holed small roads, dirt tracks, mountain twisties, coastal sweeps, heavy traffic (unfortunately) etc. The bike handled it all with no dramas.
Mind you a few minor mods have helped: decent tyres (I have Michelin PR2s on but there is limited choice here). MRA touring screen with x-creen 'spoiler' thingey makes longer trips easier, hand guards, Givi hard luggage (V-46 top case, trekker panniers), Givi engine guard, Hepco skidplate. That's all readily available, and just makes your longer trips comfortable and hassle free.
So from one slightly older fart to another, I'd say if you are looking for a bike that's fun but versatile enough to do some serious traveling on without busting the bank, this thing is a good investment.
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