If you are going Duc, get a Hyper-Motard 1100. Let me say this though, it comes with a reputation that you need to ride it like you stole it. Or everyone will be laughing at you, like a new kid on a liter bike at the track stopping in the turns.
A few months ago I had $12k in cash to buy a new bike. I looked at everything, From Aprilia's to Yamahas. I went back to one of the funniest bikes I have ever owned, another Versys. And let me tell you when I am in AR grinding the peg feelers off in the turns, you cant wipe the grin off my face. And all this for around $5k. I could not be happier, and I have owned everything from a Ninja 250 to a Goldwing, with several late model Liter sport bikes in the mix.
But as someone else stated follow your heart, that way you will always be happy.
Good luck, and even if you dont go Versys come back and show us the new bike.