I test road the NC 700 as well and quite liked it. Particularly the exceptionally low center of gravity compared to the Versys and Honda's butter smooth shifter. The newer model Versys do shift much smoother though. The version 1 of the Versys (07-09) was a bit notchy shifting. The version 2 of the Versys has better vibration damping and a smoother shifter but not quite up to Honda's gold standard shifting ease. The Versys engine is a LOT more lively and entertaining and powerful than the Honda's. I felt this was the main downfall of the Honda. Kinda like the seating position of the Versys slightly better too. Suspension on Versys is firmer and more adjustable but not necessarily better but not worse either. Front brakes are better on the Versys too with dual rotors. In comparison the NC 700 felt like a well executed but under powered 500cc motorcycle compared to the more powerful Versys. When test riding don't forget to adjust your shift points. Although the engines of the two bikes feel very similar in response below ~5000 RPM, the Honda felt like it just ran out of oomph at this engine speed where it hit the red line and forced me to shift, the Versys on the other hand just continues to build more and more power all the way to 10,000 RPM.
Last edited by twowheels; 12-22-2014 at 08:49 PM.