Yea, doing circles is probably the best practice ever... Everytime i get a new -always used- bike, i go to a parking lot and do circles.
Alternate clockwise and counterclockwise because they are completely different feeling. Then master figure 8's.
Definitely get crashbars if nothing else, especially as a new rider. They pay for themselves after the first mistake, plus i think they look cool on the Versys.
Welcome, and good luck. Lots on nice people here, not your typical Harley or Sportbike crowd.
2008 Versys 650
Been riding 8 or 9 years, and have owned 8 or 9 bikes; its an addiction I can't quit...