Does it carry its weight high - fuel weight? Oddly enough, I haven't even sat on a Versys. Checked out an FJ09, but it was too much like my Ninja, and wife won't approve 2 new bikes in the garage. Vstrom seemed pretty top heavy, and I'm 5'8".
I'm 5'10", 150#, inseam 30". I can almost flatfoot it. If I've got 20 pounds of stuff in the luggage it sits low enough so I can.
Yes it carries the weight high compared to other bikes, with the fuel being a factor. I do notice a difference between empty or full fuel for the cg. It's a big 5.5 gallon gas can sitting up on top of the frame.
But I only notice the high cg at very low speeds or when stopped. My generally poor skills at very low speed maneuvering are at fault, too.
However, my 2 previous bikes sat a lot lower so I had more leverage with my legs, which then makes it feel even more stable. So it is a combination of where the cg is and how high the seat is for your leg length.
There is a lowering kit which you might want to install. Also, there are a few seat lowering kits out there (or you can get out a knife and diy). You could easily get the bike down to where you flatfoot it with bent knees.
I like the upright seating position. It is very comfortable for me in a few ways. First, I'm 54 yrs old with a sometimes bad back. My back never hurts on the Versy like it would on a cruiser style bike. Also I am happy not to have all my weight on my hands while riding as on a sport bike. My feet are under me, like sitting on a bar stool, which makes it very easy and natural to stand on the pegs when there's a bump or rough patch in the road.
The windshield does a fine job around town. At 65+ mph there is a bit of turbulence hitting my helmet at eyebrow level. I'll probably install a Madstad windshield which is a bit taller and more effectively manages the aerodynamics.