I keep thinking I want to sell my V and get a sportbike, but I finally got the rear suspension setup properly and that has helped, I also wish the V had a lower center of gravity, not sure if I like having to lean over so far if that makes any sense. Anyway did any of ya'll come off sport bikes, are they as fun as they look?
Yes I came off several sportbikes, and I had 2 07 600rr's same geometry as the 09.
Short list of the Sportbikes I have had:
06 GSXR 1000 2 of these actually
06 GSXR 600
06 CBR 1000
07 CBR 600RR 2 of these also
06 CBR 600rr Track/Street
Your comment about lean angle, I think you will feel like you are leaning more with the Sport bike than the Versys. It felt that way to me. On the Versys I do not feel like I am leaning at all, and most of the time I am hanging off the bike and still dragging the pegs.
For the money you will be hard pressed to find an all around bike better than the VS. I just got back from 3 days of riding in AR, and one day was almost 400 miles. I could have gone atleast another 200 before getting tired.
I am on my second Versys, hastily sold the first one thinking I needed more power (Bandit 1250S) I was wrong, I will take a lighter bike over Hp any day especially riding the twisty roads.
Now if your plan is to get serious at the track, then by all means it will be hard not to go full Sport bike. But let me say I did a track day with my 08 and I was passing a lot of people in the turns. Pretty embarrassing for the liter bikes to get passed by a VS and waving at them going by. Of course they could get that lead back in the straights, but I was on top of them again in the turns.
Those Hondas are great bikes and very confidence inspiring. You cant go wrong with one, but for me my money is on the VS.