I definitely don't think the Versys is too much for a beginner as far as power goes. We're talking about a 60hp bike here, with really linear power delivery.
Kids come onto the sportbike forums all the time and announce to everyone they're going to be buying 1000cc sportbikes for their first. Bad idea. You're talking 160hp in a 400lb package.
This is a completely different animal though. An accidental throttle input isn't going to wheelie the bike or slide the rear exiting a corner. And its not like a sportbike where it has a rocket-powered powerband on top. The Versys is a really easy bike to ride.
The biggest issue with the V for a new rider is the height. You may be tall enough to touch the ground, but the center of gravity is still pretty high on it compared to other bikes. Still though, I think you'd be fine. I know shorter people who have to tip-toe on almost any bike they ride anyways.
Just know, statistically, most people are going to drop their first bike (at least a tip-over). Just keep that in mind if you're buying new off the dealer showroom. At least the V doesn't have full fairings or anything that are expensive to replace.
+100 on the MSF course. Its absolutely insane not to take it.
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